Contents of Downton Abbey set designer’s house goes on sale

An exciting auction tomorrow: pieces from Giles Newby Vincent’s Georgian rectory

The exterior of the house

The designer responsible for the refined elegance of Mrs Crawley’s house in Downton Abbey is putting the contents of his home on sale tomorrow (12th March).


Giles Vincent, who also designed for Elton John and Michael Heseltine, has put his Queen Anne Rectory up for sale and is moving to the French Riviera to do up a Mediterranean villa.

Coming from a long line of renowned designers and antiques dealers, including the eccentric Elizabeth Newby Vincent, Giles says he drew his first house plan when he was just five years old.

Since then he has become respected for his eye for classic English style and balance. As he puts it, ‘A simple painted chair and a bunch of cowslips in a back hall can be just as effective as an old needlework armchair and a fine portrait in a drawing room.’ We couldn’t agree more.

17th-century earthenware plates

Lots to look out for include an unusual low upholstered chair dating from the Victorian period (estimate £1,200-£1,800), some lovely pieces of Delftware and a selection of 17th-century earthenware ceramics such as these plates (pictured above, £800-£1,200).

We’ve also fallen a little bit in love with some riveted copper pails (£500-£700) – great for stacking the firewood in.


The collection from The Old Rectory will be sold on 12th March at Bonhams, New Bond Street, London. 020 7447 7447;