The 150-lot collection comes from the retirement apartment of the late Anne Lady Winnington, and features in a mixed-owner auction of art and antiques on November 30.
The group, valued at £40,000-50,000, is the last remnants of a significant collection of art and antiques that were inherited or acquired by Lady Winnington and her husband Sir Francis Winnington (1907-2003). Over the last two decades, it has been dispersed at auctions held at Phillips and Sotheby’s in London and at Bleasdales.
The Winningtons, whose family seat was at Stanford Court in Worcestershire, are a prominent English family.
The first Sir Francis Winnington was knighted under the reign of Charles II and was appointed Solicitor-General to the King. His own father had been a Colonel in Charles I’s army. Later descendants served as local MPs for Droitwich and Bewdley and as High Sheriff of Worcestershire.
A highlight from the sale is this ‘lost’ enamel plaque of Henry VIII, after the original by Hans Holbein The Younger, by the Royal enameller William Bone Senior (1792-1846).
Exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1883, the large 8 x 5in (20 x 13cm) piece was acquired in 1958 for £122 from the antiquarian York dealer, Charles E Thornton. It bears a signature to the frame for Royal miniature frame-maker Miers and is estimated at £6000-10,000.