Mezzanine auction includes property from Scholefield House, Lancashire

January 10, 2012

Victorian dining chairs, antique chests and fine art are just some of the items to go under the hammer at Tennants Country House sale on January 6th.

Viewing took place from January 4th onwards, with Tennants making good use of their spacious mezzanine flooring area to display the collection of almost 1000 lots, which included silverware from Scholefield House, Nelson in Lancashire. Victorian balloon back dining chairs from Womersley Hall, and an antique desk created from a converted piano were also on show. Over half the sale was devoted to furniture, ranging from miniature breakfast tables to expansive 18th century antique bookcases; larger items were largely scheduled for the latter part of the auction, when the rostrum and gavel could be resited to the mezzanine flooring area.

Tennants are a family-run concern who have been in business for over 100 years. They operate from magnificent purpose-built premises in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales. Built in the vernacular style from local stone, at first glance it looks more like a Victorian manor house than a modern auction centre, and a fitting location for a country house sale.

Tennants isn’t the only auction house to make use of Mezzanine Flooring. In December 2011, Ewbanks of Surrey – who recently added a new mezzanine level to increase their floor area to over 3000 sq ft – held a highly successful sale of over 1000 lots. It included two Sheraton Revival antique cabinets which together realised almost £13,000.

Back in Yorkshire, Hepper House in Leeds is a Grade II listed purpose-built auction house that has retained its original Mezzanine Flooring. Until recently it was owned by Bonhams, but is currently up for sale.


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