Blockbuster country-house sales have become a rarity in the past few decades, so Bonhams‘ sale of the contents of magnificent Trelissick House represents quite an occasion and an opportunity to buy a piece of ceramic history.
Trelissick, on the banks of the Fal Estuary, was owned by the distinguished collector Leonard Daneham Cunliffe, a deputy governor of the Bank of England, who spotted the property while on a boat on the Fal. He left Trelissick to his stepdaughter, Ida Copeland, the Conservative MP who beat Oswald Mosley to the Stoke-on-Trent seat. She bequeathed Trelissick to the National Trust, although the family carried on living there. Now, her grandson, William Copeland, is selling the family treasures because he’s downsizing.
The showpieces of the sale, which is estimated to realise up to £1.5 million and has 800-plus lots, are a pair of Herring paintings commissioned by the Copeland family, an unrivalled collection of Spode china-Ida’s husband, Ronald, was president of the family ceramics company- plus wine, furniture and a Chinese Imperial flambé-glazed bottle vase with an incised Qianlong seal estimated at £70,000-£100,000. The sale is on July 23-24 in the estate grounds (www.bonhams.com).
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