The Old Rectory, Rivenhall Content to be Sold at Bonhams, Knightsbridge

The contents of a charming and historic Old Rectory are to be sold at Bonhams in London in June. Situated in the heart of Essex, between Chelmsford and Colchester, lies the Old Rectory, Rivenhall, which dates back to Tudor times. A selection of furniture and works of art are to go under the hammer on 5 June at Bonhams in Knightsbridge following the sale of the house and the owners’ moving to a smaller property in the area. All lots estimated at under £500 will be sold without reserve.

All the furnishings of this delightful property were handpicked by the owners, who had lived there happily for nearly 20 years, raising their three sons. Now that their children are grown and the owners in their 60s, it was felt that moving to a smaller, more manageable house would be the practical solution. As a result, Bonhams has been instructed to sell multiple items of furniture and works of art, all of which reflect the house’s elegant style, and combine desirability with practicality in keeping with the demands of 21st century family life.

The Rectors of Rivenhall have included such interesting characters as James Goldwell (d.1499) who went on to become Bishop of Norwich – where he was responsible for rebuilding the cathedral spire – and Secretary of State to Edward IV, and also Samuel Harris (d.1733), who became the first Regis Professor of Modern History at Cambridge. He is buried in the nave of St Mary and All Saints Church in Rivenhall, and it was shortly after his death that it was reported to the bishop that the rector’s house was unsuitable and must be pulled down. The house built in its place is today’s Old Rectory and is essentially in two parts, consisting of a Tudor farmhouse and a Georgian building erected in the 1730s by the Western family. It was sold by the church in the 1920s and has been a private home ever since.

The sale will feature multiple lots of good quality ‘Country House’ style furniture. Highlights include:
A good late 19thcentury Swedish parcel guilt and ebonised salon
suite in the Empire taste £3,000 – 5,000
A George III painted sofa £2,500 – 3,500
A Regency mahogany drum top library table £2,000 – 3,000
Tsar Nicholas II coronation blood cups £300 – 500
A late Regency mahogany library chair £800 – 1,200
A good large late 17th century oak carved and inlaid coffer £1,000 – 1,500
Kitchenalia such as meat salvers and game hooks
Garden urns and furniture
Pictures, ceramics, works of art
Viewing will take place at Bonhams, Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge, London on 3 June between 11am – 3pm, 4 June between 9am – 7.30pm, and 5 June between 9am – 11am. The sale will commence at 11am on Tuesday 5 June.

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