THE COLLECTION

COURT COLLECTIONS

The contents of Kinsham Court, once the residence of Florence Nightingale’s family, and Lord Byron - who is said to have worked on Childe Harold whilst residing there - hits the auction block.

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TOP: Kinsham Court in Herefordshire.

ABOVE LEFT: One of an important pair of George III satinwood, burr elm,

and purple heart marquetry commodes. Estimate: £80,000-120,000.

ABOVE RIGHT: Interiors of the Kinsham Court.

The Arkwright family bought Kinsham Court in the 20th Century. In 1857, at the age of 24, John Arkwright, the grandson of Richard Arkwright – who invented the Spinning Jenny (or rather made the crucial adaptation to James Hargreaves’ initial idea). It revolutionized the manufacture of cotton and helped make Richard Arkwright ‘the richest commoner in Europe’. By 1870, John Arkwright was the largest landowner in Herefordshire. However, the family soon fell upon hard times and were forced to sell Hampton Court Castle – later taking up residence at the more manageable Kinsham Court, which they had purchased before the sale. James Arkwright, the last surviving member of the direct family line, died in 1985.

 

Highlights of the
sale include:


• Studio of Joseph
Wright of Derby
(Derby 1734-1797),
Group portrait of
Richard and Mary
Arkwright with a baby,
full-length, standing
and seated in a
landscape. Estimate:
£50,000-70,000.


• An important pair of
George III satinwood,
burr elm, and purple
heart marquetry
commodes. Estimate:
£80,000-120,000.


• Gaspar Pieter
Verbrugghen the
Younger (Antwerp
1664-1730), Still life
of a swag of roses,
peonies, tulips, and
other flowers with
fruit and a squirrel
on a stone ledge.
Estimate:
£12,000-18,000.


• A fine Flemish 17thcentury
Historical
tapestry fragment
depicting The
Death of Alexander.
Estimate:
£6,000-8,000.


• A Meissen blue and
white part service,
18th Century.
Estimate:
£4,000-6,000.

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ABOVE LEFT: Circle of Joseph Wright of Derby
(Derby 1734-1797), Group portrait of Robert, Peter
and Richard Arkwright, full-length, standing in a
landscape with a kite. Estimate: £30,000-50,000.
ABOVE RIGHT: Circle of Joseph Wright of Derby
(Derby 1734-1797), Group portrait of Elizabeth,
Charles and John Arkwright, standing three-quarter
length, standing in a landscape, with a goat. Estimate:
£30,000-50,000.

The Arkwright family bought Kinsham Court in the 20th Century. In 1857, at the age of 24, John Arkwright, the grandson of Richard Arkwright – who invented the Spinning Jenny (or rather made the crucial adaptation to James Hargreaves’ initial idea). It revolutionized the manufacture of cotton and helped make Richard Arkwright ‘the richest commoner in Europe’. By 1870, John Arkwright was the largest landowner in Herefordshire. However, the family soon fell upon hard times and were forced to sell Hampton Court Castle – later taking up residence at the more manageable Kinsham Court, which they had purchased before the sale. James Arkwright, the last surviving member of the direct family line, died in 1985.