Forthcoming Auction

CEFA, Swinton Park

Early Furniture & Relating Master Works of Art
1500 - 1900

A live and online auction

Live and online preview

Dates to be announced

CEFA sales within this category embrace items which represent the height of classical English country design from the age which, in furniture terms, is often described as the age of oak.

This fascinating period was increasingly influenced by the rapidly expanding trade in items being brought from ever more exotic shores, notably by the East India Companies. The English Company received its Royal Charter from Queen Elizabeth I in 1600 and its dockyard at Deptford is shown in the painting above from about 1660 with its ships prominently displaying the Company flag. It traded in basic commodities from Asia such as cotton, salt and tea, but also porcelain, lacquer-work and jewels, silk and even animals. These new luxury items were keenly sought after and quickly began to influence all aspects of the arts and designs and the CEFA specialists highlight some of these influences as they appear in the items consigned to us for sale.

The items included in these sales are early furniture and relating master works of art, lacquer work and oriental items, old master paintings, sculpture, silver, jewellery, books, prints, manuscripts, needle work, tapestries, porcelain, pottery and ceramics.

Sale Information

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Sale Location

CEFA, The Centre for Early Furniture and Art
Swinton Park, Masham, North Yorkshire, HG4 4JH

Contact Information

Senior Auction Administrator
Amanda Hinchcliffe
+44(0)1765 688940

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Condition Reports

Condition reports will be available for all lots and we would be pleased to send them to you by e-mail or fax. If there is still further detail that you need we would be able to provide that for you with additional detail photographs if required. See also the information for buyers.

Hotel & Dining

Swinton Park is the ancestral home of the Earl of Swinton, owned and run by the Cunliffe-Lister family. Set in 200 acres of parkland on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, the castle combines the style and elegance of a stately home with the comfort and exemplary service of a luxury hotel.