Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers in Association with Hickman Shearer are celebrating a record £1.75 million auction total for the sale of the principal contents of North Mymms Park, conducted at the Stansted Mountfitchet Auction Rooms over two days on the 17th and 18th April 2018.

A collection of nineteen monumental tapestries, created in workshops across northern Europe from the mid 16th to the mid 18th century, sparked most interest among buyers. The collection achieved a combined total of £906,460.00 inclusive of buyers premium.

The sum of £94,000 was bid for a John Glover (1767-1849) oil depicting The Beggar’s Oak – a celebrated tree that stood on Lord Bagot’s estate at Blithfield Hall in Staffordshire.

There was particular enthusiasm for a series of white marble ‘grand tour’ pieces from the Loggia at North Mymms. These included, at £60,000, a pair of Roman-style pedestals, c.1800 worked with Vitruvian scrolls, rams’ heads and the armorials of Thynne, probably Thomas Viscount Weymouth.

Sworders’ chairman Guy Schooling – who had conducted valuation work at the property for over two decades – marks the sale as “A career highlight – this sale exceeded my most ambitious expectations. I’m absolutely delighted that a culmination of years of hard work has led to such success”.