Published 24th September 2015
Rockbeare Manor is a Grade I grand country house begun in the mid 18th Century and remodelled in about 1820.
One of the principal items of furniture to be included is a magnificent George III mahogany breakfront library bookcase (FS28/942). Measuring some 13ft 6in in length, the astragal glazed upper section is surmounted by urns. The pre-sale estimate is £20,000-£30,000.
Another important piece is the George III mahogany sideboard table of arc form (FS28/940). Of some ten feet in overall length, it is believed to have been made for the dining room at Rockbeare Manor to a design or possibly from the workshop of Thomas Chippendale. The pair of urns and pedestals also attributed to Chippendale, which formerly flanked this table, were sold by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in July 2013.
The table bears striking similarities to the sideboard table at Paxton House, Berwickshire, Scotland and carries a pre-sale estimate of £20,000-£30,000.
A good Regency mahogany triple pillar dining table (FS28/933) with two additional leaves also features in the sale with an estimate of £15,000-£20,000 and a set of eight George II mahogany hall chairs (FS28/934) with solid cartouche backs are estimated at £6,000-£8,000.
Of Chinese interest is a black lacquer cabinet on a stand (FS28/941), decorated in gilt with pavilions in landscapes and with an elaborate interior. The pre-sale estimate is £4,000-£6,000.
Other interesting items from Rockbeare Manor include a Wedgwood black basalt group of Faun and Bacchus (FS28/526), estimated at £1,000-£1,500, and two Wedgwood black basalt wine ewers (FS28/527) at £1,500-£2,000.
Amongst the paintings, two works are of particular note: one with full attribution to Gabriele Ricciardelli (1740–1790), which depicts an Italianate landscape with a hillside village (FS28/360) and is estimated at £15,000-£20,000; whilst the other attributed to Ricciardelli depicts an Italianate river landscape (FS28/361) and is estimated at £6,000-£8,000.