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The contents of a Dorset country house are being sold in the Charterhouse three day May auction in Sherborne.

“Whilst we continued to be busy during lockdown we are all really looking forward to welcoming clients back to our salerooms.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Although our auctions have been held successfully online during the lockdown, and no doubt some will change the way they buy at auction relying wholly on armchair bidding, there is still a large community of buyers who love nothing more than to walk around our salerooms looking, seeing, smelling and handling all the lovely lots before they bid on them.”

The contents of the Dorset country house, near Shaftesbury, has not been touched for the past 60 years. All the items are in a market fresh country house condition and will be sold at the Charterhouse salerooms on Wednesday 5th May as a single owner collection.

Charterhouse were asked by the family to help clear the property after a family member passed away. Every room was filled with Georgian and later furniture, portrait and other paintings, miniatures, naïve art, ceramics including an extensive collection of Victorian pottery nursery plates, metalwares, shells and cabinets of curios with minerals, seals and other collector’s items. Outside the auctioneers discovered an ancient shepherd hut, garden urns and ornaments, all of which are also included in the auction.

Charterhouse are now accepting entries for their busy programme of auctions including this three day May 5th – 7th auction with watches, silver, jewellery, a collection of Border Fine Arts, antiques and interiors and their next specialist sales of classic & vintage motorcycles and classic & vintage cars in June and July at the Haynes International Motor Museum.

Items for auction can be delivered directly to The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne or call Richard and the Charterhouse team on 01935 812277. Alternatively email photographs of your items for valuation on

Items from the Dorset country house auction being sold by Charterhouse at their Sherborne salerooms on Wednesday 5th May

Late Victorian shepherd’s hut discovered in the garden £800-1,200

Edwin Hayes, rough seas, oil on canvas, from the dining room £500-1,000

The Hall (George III bureau £50-100  and a Victorian portrait of a lady £200-400)

Portrait of Bigabois (the cat!), from the drawing room £100-200

Part of the collection of Victorian pottery nursery plates in the drawing room