Five ideas on what to buy from a traditional country house sale

Everybody loves a country house sale. Well, we certainly do, anyway.

TSR Duggleby Mosaic

This 19th century Italian micro mosaic plaque depicting Heracles capturing the Cretan bull is estimated at £600-800. It can be viewed on

The traditional style offering is a good opportunity to peruse and bid for a wide range of items that may well have been in family collections for a long time.

Scarborough saleroom David Duggleby is holding a country house auction on September 16. Here are five suggestions on what to buy.

Take a kneehole

TSR Duggleby Kneehole

At ‘splash the cash’ level, estimated at £2000-3000 is this 19th century George II design rosewood kneehole desk, the moulded top inlaid with book-matched rectangular panels with feather banding, fitted with single long drawer over smaller central drawer, three small drawers fitted to each pedestal enclosing recessed cupboard, shell cartouche handle plates and escutcheons with foliate moulded swan neck handles, lower moulding over bracket feet, cross and feather banding throughout. It measures 79cm long x 99cm deep x 54cm diameter. View the 19th century George II design rosewood kneehole desk on

Lion hearted

TSR Duggleby Lions

Shown here is a pair of good quality grand weathered cast stone recumbent lions on rectangular plinth bases, 67cm high x 1.26m wide x 42cm deep. Estimate £500-1000. Bid for the lions using

Dresser to impress

TSR Duggleby Dresser

This is a Bylaws of Leominster 18th century design figured oak dog kennel dresser, the raised plate rack with projecting cornice over hooks and three tiers, moulded rectangular top over three drawers and two panelled cupboards, moulded frame and panelled sides, on stile supports. Measuring 1.99m high x 1.84m wide x 53cm deep, it is estimated at £1800-2200. Bid for the Bylaws of Leominster 18th century design figured oak dog kennel dresser via

Service with a smile

TSR Duggleby Tea Service

Estimated at £800-1200, this 1920s five-piece silver tea service comprises teapot, coffee pot, hot water pot, twin handled open sucrier and milk jug, each of squat circular form with shaped rim, the teapot, coffee pot and hot water pot each with ebonised handle and finial, the sucrier and milk jug with acanthus capped scroll handles, all on circular foot, hallmarked R F Mosley & Co, Sheffield 1926 & 1927, tallest 24cm high. Bid for the 1920s five-piece silver tea service at


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