Newbold Pacey Hall has been the seat of the Little family since the house was built by William Little in c.1780-90, when he inherited the site and an older, probably Tudor house. Both the Grade II-listed mansion and its contents are up for sale.
Among the highlights of the two-day auction on January 27-28 is a portrait of William Little, c.1826, by Thomas Kirkby (1796- c.1847) estimated at £1000-2000.
Other highlights include a Barraud of Cornhill George III mahogany longcase clock estimated at £1500-2000 and a late 17th-early 18th century Japanned cabinet estimated at £3000- 5000. Among the Grand Tour-related items in the sale are two pictures by Jacob More (1740-93), including The Falls of Tivoli which is estimated at £20,000-30,000.
Grand Tour via virtual
Also with a Grand Tour theme, but this time with a modern slant, the auction of the contents of a 17th century Grade I-listed country house, Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire, is being held by Dreweatts. As reported in ATG No 2471, Aynhoe Park: The Celebration of a Modern Grand Tour will take place on January 20-22.
The auction house has created a virtual tour of the home, powered by technology firm Matterport, which shows each room with the lots in situ. Clicking on any of them brings up its catalogue description.