Lake District hotel contents set to go under hammer at Mitchells auction

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The contents of a Lake District hotel is about to go under the hammer as it embarks on a complete overhaul.

The owners of the Langdale Chase Hotel in Windermere have a number of lots in the upcoming Mitchells Antiques and Art Sale, from Wednesday November 30 to Friday December 2 at its Cockermouth auction house.

Two magnificent fireplaces and old paintings from the hotel are among the prizes on offer.

The famous hotel, which sits in six acres of landscaped gardens overlooking Windermere, is undergoing extensive refurbishment to restore the interior to its original state when it was built in 1891.

Items for sale will include two sizable fire enclosures built to a rarely seen scale, both measuring around three meters high.

One is carved oak from the 17th century and later; the other is a magnificent Victorian Gothic Revival work.

Neither were original for the building are now available for sale for an ambitious interior design project, conservatively estimated at £500-700 each.

Artwork in the hotel includes a late 17th century portrait of a French nobleman, three quarters wearing the Catholic Order of Santiago estimated at £1,000-2,000 and an 18th century oil on canvas by Francis Drake reveling in a collection of ladies in Tudor dress with an estimate of £600-£800.

This work was placed on a later panel and is an unusual composition of an important historical figure.

Since interest in the Tudor period remains high, this painting could sell well on the open market, Mitchells said.

Other older paintings include a 17th century oil on canvas portrait of a soldier worth £1,200-1,800 and an 18th century English school oil on canvas depicting a gentleman with an estimate of £400-600.

The sale will offer a total of 1,350 lots.


The sale also includes important post-war works of art that have been consigned by local sellers.

The most notable modernist work is an oil on panel painting of Hayle Harbor by Bryan Pearce (1929-2007), an artist from the famous St Ives School and heavily influenced by Alfred Wallis.

Originally purchased directly from the artist in the 1960s, the painting is fresh on the open market and estimated at £5,000-7,000.

Other works of art by famous local artists include a watercolor illustrated letter by Percy Kelly (1918-1993) worth £1,000-1,500 and a painting by June Bennett (1935-2013 ) Path Through the Cornfield with an estimate of £300-£500.


The sale also includes several fine clocks, including a Le Roy et Fils Grand Sonnerie carriage clock estimated between £5,000 and £8,000 and a 19th century French Boulle marquetry longcase clock estimated between £4,000 and £6,000.

Other valuable clocks include a George III longcase clock from William Lassel Toxteth Park and London with a three-train movement with an estimate of £4,000 to £6,000 and a large Edwardian three-train clock from Webber Liverpool which is expected to sell for £2,500. £3,000.


Notable lots among the furniture are a splendid Edwardian Vernis Martin display cabinet with an estimate of £4,000-6,000, a nest of Mouseman Thompson oak tables from Kilburn estimated at £800-£1,200 and a rosewood military secretary chest Victorian which is expected to sell for between £700 and £1,000.


More unusual items for sale include a 9ct gold cigarette case worth £1,500-2,000 and a rare Roulette and Decamps leaping lion automaton estimated at £800-1,200.

A collection of medieval-style weapons, mounted on a large oak shield, is estimated at £150-200.


Ceramics will include a large pair of Continental porcelain vases worth £500-800 and a late 19th century Reeds Art Pottery planter set to fetch £100-150.

What is the schedule for the Mitchells Antiques and Artwork Sale?

First day, Wednesday November 30

Asian art, ceramics and glassware, jewelry, watches, pocket watches and coins, silverware and related items, table boxes, wall clocks, barometers and mirrors and textiles.

Second day, Thursday, December 1

Paintings, drawings and prints, works of art and collectibles and metalwork.

Third day, Friday December 2

Furniture, grandfather clocks and dining tables.

When can I see the lots offered at Mitchells Antiques and Fine Art Sale?

The lots are visible in the Auction Room from Sunday November 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., from Monday November 28 and Tuesday November 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and throughout each day of sale.

How do I bid at Mitchells Antiques and Fine Art Sale?

A fully illustrated catalog can be viewed online now at where buyers can also register to bid live during the sale or leave automatic bidding in advance.

Anyone unable to attend the sale can also arrange to bid over the phone or leave advance commission offers before the sale. Anyone wishing to obtain further information about the lots featured in the auction should contact auctioneers James Forster or Mark Wise on 01900 827800.

What’s next at Mitchells?

Mitchells will also be holding its first-ever shipping and shipping sale as a timed online auction over the Christmas period, December 15 through January 8.

The sale will include everything from car mascots, vintage car badges and license plates to road signs, travel books, cruise-related novelties and railway lamps, including a hand lamp at three aspects Victorian Furness Railway with an estimate of £2,500-£3,500.

Registration is open until November 30. To consign items for sale contact James Forster or Ewan Duff on 01900 827800.

And finally, for those emptying their toy closets before Christmas, remember that Mitchells is inviting entries for its upcoming vintage and antique toy sale on Thursday, February 16.

Contact Mitchells toy specialist Ewan Duff for a free valuation of potential sale items on 01900 827800.

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