Contents of historic Clipsham Hall will be auctioned

Clipsham Hall estate, which is on the market with Murray EMN-140514-110649001

Clipsham Hall estate, which is on the market with Murray EMN-140514-110649001

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Some of the contents of Clipsham Hall will be auctioned tomorrow and Saturday.

Highlights of the sale, which is being run by Batemans Auctioneers of Ryhall Road, Stamford, include a William IV library bookcase, Continental ebony and ivory inlaid display cabinet, a pair of fine Canton porcelain vases and a portrait of Admiral Sir Salusbury Humphreys Davenport, chief protagonist of the Chesapeake-Leopard Affair which led to the American War of 1812.

The auction will coincide with the filming of Antiques Road Trip and Bargain Hunt at the salesrooms.

Sir David Davenport-Handley, whose family owned the Clipsham estate for generations, died in January at the age of 94. He was described as the heart of Clipsham.

The estate, including its picturesque avenue of Yew Trees, was put up for sale with a guide price of £3.85m.

Clipsham Hall, which dates from 1852, was owned by a family trust and following Sir David’s death was inherited by his grandchildren, who live in Canada.

For details of the auction call 01780 766466.