THE contents of a Dorset country house are being sold in an auction next month.

The Charterhouse two-day May auction takes place from the Sherborne salerooms of Charterhouse on Thursday, May 8.

“While we continued to be busy during lockdown we are all really looking forward to welcoming clients back to our salerooms,” said auctioneer 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, have not been touched for the past 60 years.

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 included in the auction.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their busy programme of auctions including this two day May 8 and 9 auction with watches, silver, jewellery, a collection of Border Fine Arts, antiques and interiors and their next specialist sales of classic and vintage motorcycles and classic and 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 arranged by calling Richard and the Charterhouse team on 01935 812277.

Alternatively email photographs of your items for valuation to info@charterhouse-auction.com.

Yeovil Express: PORTRAIT: Of Bigabois (the cat!) valued at £100-£200
PORTRAIT: Of Bigabois (the cat!) valued at £100-£200

Yeovil Express: ORNAMENTAL: A continental painted chest with unicorns dated 1857, £200-£400
ORNAMENTAL: A continental painted chest with unicorns dated 1857, £200-£400

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

Yeovil Express: RESTING PLACE: A late Victorian shepherd’s hut discovered in the garden, £800-£1,200
RESTING PLACE: A late Victorian shepherd’s hut discovered in the garden, £800-£1,200

Yeovil Express: THE HALL: A George III bureau, £50-£100, and a Victorian portrait of a lady, £200-£400
THE HALL: A George III bureau, £50-£100, and a Victorian portrait of a lady, £200-£400

Yeovil Express: POTTERY: Part of the collection of Victorian pottery nursery plates in the drawing room
POTTERY: Part of the collection of Victorian pottery nursery plates in the drawing room

Yeovil Express: COLLECTION: Of minerals in the garden room
COLLECTION: Of minerals in the garden room