Chatsworth House, one of England’s most magnificent stately homes, has hosted a variety of filming, most notably Pride and Prejudice in which it represented Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s estate. Now they will feature an attic sale — an Aladdin’s cave of items at all price levels, each one with its own story to tell. From the 5th -7th October, Sotheby’s will hold an auction, Chatsworth: The Attic Sale, of contents from the attics of this historic estate, comprising property from almost every category of art, in the grounds of Chatsworth.
Included in the sale is a wealth of fine, rare architectural fixtures and fittings discovered beneath layers of dust in the Chatsworth attics. These magnificent pieces – handsomely carved fireplaces, architraves, doors and shutters – were once part of the fabric of the many great houses that have featured in the Devonshire family’s extraordinary history, including Chatsworth itself, Chiswick House, Hardwick Hall, Lismore Castle, Compton Place, Bolton Abbey and, most of all, their palatial London residence, Devonshire House, on Piccadilly, which for centuries was the centre of London’s social, political and cultural elite. Read full illustrated story.