Amongst the maze of principle rooms and attics at Weston Hall lay myriad untold stories, exquisite antiques and unique artworks. From fine art by European masters and Chinese ceramics, to clothes and jewellery of the fashionable Bright Young Things era, the Sitwell home is a veritable time capsule of British social history.
The Grade II* Tudor manor house in Northamptonshire has been home to this renowned British literary family since the 18th century, housing the likes of writers Dame Edith and Sacheverell Sitwell, to renowned food critic and MasterChef judge William Sitwell. Personal belongings of this eminent family, amongst eclectic pieces of furniture and décor, are due to be sold at Dreweatts in a day-long auction on Tuesday 16th November 2021 titled ‘Weston Hall and the Sitwells: A Family Legacy.’
‘This sale offers countless individuals and collectors the chance to own items and collections that are part of the fabric of English history,’ says William Sitwell. ‘It’s extraordinarily diverse, representing the wide interests and experiences of my family and our ancestors.’
Weston Hall hosts pieces that span various eras and styles. A crewel needlework completed by Susanna Jennens, the first of the Sitwell ancestors to occupy the house in the 1740s, sits alongside British Pre-Raphaelite portraiture and 19th century Chinese furniture. Several pieces of Dame Edith’s clothing and jewellery will also be included in the sale – including a plush gown that she wore to the premiere of the musical My Fair Lady in 1965 and a carved fluorite dress ring.
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The sale also features a special collaboration with esteemed British interior designer, Nina Campbell. Known for her mastery of pairing the traditional with contemporary, Nina will combine decorative items and highlights from the Weston Hall sale with fabrics and furniture from her own interiors collection – a unique pairing of modern design philosophy and 300 years’ worth of British antiques.
Here are some of our favourite lots from the sale…
Box of Dame Edith Sitwell’s jewels
An antique rocking horse
A pair of George II walnut side chairs
A gilt-framed portrait of Lady Blencowe
An exquisite crewelwork Bed