Hickleton Hall Auction 1947

I recently purchased a sale catalogue for Hickleton Hall from 1947 when it was sold by the Earl of Halifax. I have decided to transcribe it on here as it is full of interesting information. Where applicable I have included the hammer price for each item (usually given in guinea’s which was 21 shillings or, £1.05 in decimalised money).

Here goes:

By the direction of the Right Hon. The Earl of Halifax, K.G. and Ainsty Trust Co.

The Furnishings of Hickleton Hall, near Doncaster, Yorkshire. 6 miles from Doncaster, 9 miles from Barnsley.

Catalogue of ANTIQUE FURNISHINGS, PICTURES, PORCELAIN, AND ORNAMENTAL ITEMS WHICH, Messrs. HOLLIS & WEBB will sell by auction on the premises as above on, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday March 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd, 1947, at 11am precisely each day.

Illustrated catalogues (2/6 each) may be obtained from the auctioneers offices – 3, Park Place, Leeds 1, or from the Mansion on the view days.

ON VIEW, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 13th, 14th, and 15th March, from 10am till 5pm.

NOTE: The Mansion will NOT be open for viewing on Monday, March 17th.

All lots must be cleared from the premises by 4pm on Wednesday, March 26th, 1947, and the Auctioneers will not be responsible to vendors or purchasers for any lot left on the premises.


First Day – Tuesday March 18th, 1947

  • Porch and Lounge Hall
  • Library
  • Small Drawing Room

Second Day – Wednesday March 19th, 1947

  • Dining Room
  • Drawing Room
  • Study
  • Pictures

Third Day – Thursday March 20th, 1947

  • Dressing Room adjoining Study
  • Staircase Hall, etc
  • Chinese Bedroom
  • Chinese and other Glass Pictures
  • Bedroom Furnishings
  • Decorative Table China

Fourth Day – Friday March 21st, 1947

  • Second Floor Bedrooms
  • Table Glass
  • Linen

Fifth Day – Saturday March 22nd, 1947

  • Domestic Wing Rooms, etc
  • Stables
  • Garden


Porch Lots:

  1. Two large cocoa fibre mats
  2. An iron and cocoa fibre boot scraper and a smaller ditto
  3. An iron umbrella stand, a smaller ditto, and a coat stand
  4. A grey marble table with oblong top, resting on two turned pillars, 6ft wide
  5. A pair of sculptured marble busts, 30in high, and pedestals
  6. A set of four late-Georgian mahogany-frame hall chairs with shaped backs. panel seats, and reeded supports
  7. A set of four oak hall chairs with circular panel seats
  8. An antique lacquered and gilt coffer and stand
  9. The companion coffer and stand
  10. A Georgian mahogany side table (painted white) with carved cabriole supports and paw feet, grey marble top, 3ft 10in wide
  11. Withdrawn
  12. A Georgian fire grate with side panels having urns in relief. Next Lots from Lounge Hall:
  13. A pair of Copeland Spode jars and covers, Oriental design on a brown ground, 14in high
  14. A pair of similar jars and covers, 9in high, and a pair of ditto, 5½in high
  15. A Nankin blue and white ovoid jar and cover, with continuous landscape decoration, 10½in high
  16. A pair of embossed brass plaques dated 1617, fitted candle branches, 18in high
  17. A Persian carpet, rose ground with blue and light all-over figuring and wide figured border, 23ft 6in x 12ft 6in
  18. An Oriental pattern runner, light ground with blue, yellow, and red figuring, 18ft x 4ft 5in (one border missing)
  19. A similar runner (one border missing)
  20. A Chippendale mahogany side table with carved shell to the centre, egg and tongue borders, with cabriole supports carved shell on the knee, terminating in paw feet, with white marble top, 4ft 1in wide (formerly at Temple Newsam)
  21. A Similar side table, 5ft wide (formerly at Temple Newsam)
  22. A cut glass electrolier for twenty-four lights, with vase-shaped stem and scroll branches, bead festoons and pear shaped drops, overall height 4ft 3in, and chain suspension
  23. An Italian ebony cabinet fitted numerous drawers and centre compartment with classic arched front, the draw fronts inlaid with vari-coloured marble and agate, resting on table stand, with six shaped tapering supports, 4ft 5in wide
  24. A Georgian mahogany barometer and thermometer in slender case 3ft 3in high
  25. A four-fold screen with painted Cordova leather panels, 7ft 6in high
  26. A Chinese six-fold black lacquered and gilt screen, the panels decorated with landscape, pergodas, flowers, etc, 7ft high
  27. An XVIII century black lacquered and gilt cabinet with broken pediment, rosette finials and plume surmount, the two doors lacquered and decorated in the Oriental style, resting on table stand with three drawers, turned supports and stretchers, 3ft 6in wide
  28. A Stuart carved oak Court Cupboard, the receded upper part with over hanging cornice, cupboards below with three panelled doors, carved rosettes etc, initialled T.S. and dated 1683, 4ft 9in wide
  29. A Stuart carved oak Court Cupboard with over hanging cornice to the receded upper part, fitted two panelled doors, cupboards below with two panelled and carved doors, 6ft wide
  30. A pair of carved and gilt five-light wall Appliqués of scroll outline with husk festoons and urn surmounts, fitted for electric light, with imitation candle lights, 4ft 8in high
  31. A set of four carved walnut-frame chairs in the William and Mary style, with carved and pierced backs, turned side columns, and turned supports, shaped cross-stretchers with finials, the seat in crimson velvet
  32. A carved walnut elbow chair with pierced and carved back, with scroll and acanthus motifs, spiral columns at sides, supports and stretchers, the seat in crimson velvet
  33. An antique Italian walnut cabinet with fall-flap of burr walnut enclosing numerous small drawers, two small drawers in cornice with applied carved masks in high relief, classic figures at sides, on table stand fitted long drawer, inlaid etched ivory in panels, with spiral support and shaped cross-stretchers, 2ft 9in wide
  34. A pair of antique oak Yorkshire chairs with carved and shaped arcaded backs, turned supports, and flat stretchers, the loose seats in crimson velvet
  35. A similar chair with applied split ornament, the seat in crimson velvet
  36. A carved oak Yorkshire arm chair, the carved panelled back initialled A.T. turned supports and flat stretchers, the seat in crimson plush
  37. An antique oak long-case clock with painted dial, by Tobias Fletcher of Barnsley
  38. An antique oak chair with moulded rail back and sunk panel seat
  39. A Georgian mahogany oblong-top table with applied Grecian key pattern border, on stout straight supports, 4ft 10in wide
  40. An Oriental six-fold screen with lacquered and decorated panels
  41. A Georgian mahogany tall chest of five long and two short drawers, with cross-banded borders, brass drop-handles and escutcheons, on bracket feet, 3ft 2in wide
  42. A Georgian mahogany chest of three long and two short drawers with brass knob handles and splayed feet, 3ft 4in wide
  43. A mahogany casket with drawer in base, 14in wide, and a pair of wood book ends
  44. A Georgian mahogany-frame winged-back chair, upholstered in lining, and seat cushion to match
  45. A club fender with upholstered top in leather
  46. Three mahogany-frame fire screens
  47. A pair of brass Jacobean pattern candle stick 13½in high
  48. An embossed brass circular plaque, 17in diameter
  49. An embossed brass circular plaque, 16in diameter
  50. A pair of porcelain vases with gilt rims and handles, with panels of reserves painted with interior scenes, 15½in high
  51. A small black lacquered and gilt cabinet with four interior drawers enclosed by a pair of door, 12½in wide. Next Lots from Library:
  52. An Oriental carpet, red ground with small white and floral motif in panels dark brown and light figured border within narrower borders, 17ft 9in x 11ft
  53. An Oriental carpet, light ground with red and blue figuring and medallions, wide light and figured border, 11ft 10in x 8ft 10in
  54. A Persian carpet, deep blue ground with all-over red and other small figuring within five narrow figured borders, 11ft 3in x 5ft 3in
  55. An Oriental pattern runner, light ground with red, blue, green, and other figuring in floral motifs and medallions, wide blue and figured border, 16ft 6in x 4ft 9in
  56. A similar runner, 18ft 6in x 4ft 9in
  57. A Persian carpet. rose ground with all-over small blue and white floral figuring bounded by wide and narrow borders, 11ft 4in x 5ft 2in
  58. The green hair carpet as planned throughout, about 120 square yards
  59. An Empire rosewood display cabinet, the receded upper part fitted adjustable shelves enclosed by glazed doors and sides, cupboards below with shelves enclosed by panelled doors covered in blue cloth, the whole slightly inlaid, with applied brass mounts, 3ft 2in wide
  60. The companion display cabinet
  61. Withdrawn
  62. An early Georgian winged-back easy chair with mahogany cabriole supports and club feet, upholstered in green lining
  63. An Empire mahogany cabinet fitted as a wardrobe, with mirror panel door and drawer in base, turned columns at sides, and applied gilt metal mounts of classical figures and heads, 3ft 6in wide
  64. The companion cabinet
  65. A gilt-frame settee with slight serpentine front, upholstered in rose figured damask, 6ft 8in wide
  66. The companion settee, 6ft 8in wide
  67. A Louis XVI walnut and marqueterie table with parqueterie and tambour shutter to the top enclosing compartments, shaped supports and gilt metal mounts, 2ft 4in wide
  68. A French carved and gilt fire screen on whorled end supports, with wool and silk work panel to the front and damask at back, 23in wide
  69. A pair of ebonised and gilt pole screens with painted panels of classical scenes
  70. A mahogany-frame three-fold fire screen with striped crimson panels
  71. Eight various cushions
  72. A rosewood circular-top table on pillar and triple supports, 4ft 6in diameter
  73. A Louis XVI kingwood and tulipwood commode, the three oak-lined drawers with shaped fronts, and brass ring handles, resting on tapering hexagonal supports, with dove-grey marble top 4ft 1in wide (formerly at Temple Newsam)
  74. A Louis XVI marqueterie and tulipwood upright secretaire with long drawers in cornice, fall-flap in centre enclosing small drawers and compartments, cupboards below, the front with marqueterie inlay of musical trophies, foliage, and urns, with gilt metal mounts and ring handles, and veined marble top, 3ft 1in wide
  75. A Sheraton satinwood chest of two drawers with serpentine fronts, decorated with festoons of flowers and foliage, on slighly shaped supports, 3ft 6in wide
  76. A Dutch walnut and marqueterie display cabinet with domed and moulded cornice, the upper part fitted shaped shelves and lined crimson velvet, enclosed by a pair of glazed doors, four drawers below, with tapering hexagonal supports and shaped stretchers, 6ft wide
  77. A pair of Nankin blue and white vases of inverted pear shape, fitted for electric light, with gilt metal lily branches for four lights, and rococo bases, 3ft 6in high (damaged)
  78. A pair of tall bronze candlesticks, each with three lions at base, 12½in high
  79. A pair of Empire brass candlesticks with cut glass rosettes, drops, and festoons, 13in high, with domed glass covers (damaged)
  80. A French mantel clock, Empire style, of classic urn form, by Thomire et cle, 24in high, and glazed wood cabinet
  81. A gilt-frame large overmantel with applied vine decoration, 6ft 8in high
  82. The companion overmantel
  83. A pair of Chinese inverted pear-shaped jars and covers, enamelled in colours with birds, foliage, flowers, and fish, 16in high
  84. A Chinese tall vase, black ground, enamelled in colours with panels of birds and flowers, 23in high (damaged)
  85. A Chinese circular cistern, the interior enamelled with grotesque fish, the exterior with birds, flowers, and foliage, 19in diameter
  86. A carved and gilt wood cistern stand with whorl feet, 18in diameter
  87. A pair of Nankin blue and white jars and covers, cracked ice ground with hawthorn blossom, with panels of utensils, etc, 19in high
  88. A pair of Nankin blue and white vases and covers, cracked ice ground with hawthorn blossom and panels of flowers, 19in high (covers odd)
  89. An Oriental blue and white tureen and cover with mask handles, 14in wide, and another with shell handles, 14in wide
  90. Two porcelain figures of fish, 14in wide, and two others 8in wide
  91. A Japanese circular bowl with enamelled decoration of hunting scenes, 16in diameter (damaged)
  92. A Hepplewhite kingwood and marqueterie commode of three oak lined drawers with serpentine fronts, chased brass handles and escutcheons, 3ft 5in wide
  93. A figured mahogany upright secretaire with drawer in frieze, fall-flap in centre enclosing usual compartments, two long drawers below, and undertier, with oval brass handles and pierced plates, 3ft 1in wide
  94. A Louis XVI kingwood commode of three long drawers and checkered bandings, brass ring handles on rounded tapering supports, with marble top, 4ft wide
  95. A burr walnut circular-top table with inlaid border, on triple columns and supports, 4ft 5in diameter
  96. A Chinese circular cistern enamelled in colours with flowers and foliage, 16in diameter
  97. A Chinese carved hardwood plant stand on four shaped supports, inset marble top
  98. A Chinese circular cistern enamelled in colours with flowers and foliage, 16in diameter
  99. A Chinese carved hardwood plant stand on four shaped supports, inset marble top
  100. A Louis XVI kingwood and marqueterie upright secretaire, fitted two long drawers above, secretaire in centre with fall-flap, three long drawers below with brass ring handles, gilt metal mounts and angles and dove grey marble top, 2ft 7in wide
  101. A French kingwood and marqueterie writing table with shaped top, fitted three drawers on shaped tapering supports with brass borders and gilt metal mounts, the top lined leather, 4ft wide
  102. A pair of French gilt framed salon chairs with cane seats and backs
  103. An XVIII century settee with scrolled arm rests on slight cabriole supports carved acanthus and gilt with paw feet, entirely upholstered in light green figured silk damask with seat squab to match, and two cushions, 6ft 10in wide (formerly at Temple Newsam)
  104. A mahogany writing table with rounded ends and applied bead borders, fitted two drawers each side, on end panel supports with splayed claw and ball feet, leather-lined top, 4ft 11in wide
  105. A carved and gilt Bijouterie table with gadroon border and applied carving, on shaped supports and pierced cross stretchers, claw and ball feet, the top lined crimson velvet and bevelled plate glass, 30in wide (formerly at Temple Newsam)
  106. A French kingwood and walnut writing table fitted two drawers, on carved supports with gilt metal mounts and leather lined top, 4ft wide (top slightly damaged)
  107. A Georgian mahogany music Canterbury with square tapering supports and small brass castors, 16in wide
  108. A Nankin blue and white vase with floral and foliage decoration, 16½in high, and another with bird and floral decoration, 18in high (damaged)
  109. A set of three Japanese pottery female figures, each holding vase and enamelled in colours, 16in high
  110. A Satsuma figure of seated goddess, 11in high
  111. A Chinese porcelain figure of a cockerel enamelled in colours, standing on rocky base, 15in high
  112. A French time-piece with two figures of satyrs and bacchanals on rouge marble base 15in wide
  113. A set of three Imari pilgrim bottles and stoppers decorated with figures of children at play, 10in high
  114. A Japanese circular bowl with diaper decoration and panels of figures, 16in diameter (damaged)
  115. A Nankin blue and white octagonal paint pot with five receivers, 8in wide
  116. A Sevres porcelain  oval inkstand with two receivers, having gilt metal mounts, 13in wide
  117. Two brass table bells, two ditto paper knives, and six small items
  118. A pair of Nankin blue and white jars and covers, chrysanthemum and foliage decoration, with arabesque borders, 22in high (damaged)
  119. A cut glass and crystal electrolier with fourteen scroll branches fitted with imitation candlelights, with cut glass bead festoons and drops, and chain suspension
  120. A cut glass and crystal electrolier of the same pattern, fitted for ten lights
  121. An Italian ebonised cabinet, fitted numerous drawers and central cupboard the drawer fronts with etched ivory panels of Roman and other warriors, on ebonised stand with five turned supports and flat stretchers, 3ft 7in wide
  122. A Georgian mahogany folding-top table, fitted small drawer, on square tapering supports, 3ft wide
  123. A full-size grand pianoforte by John Broadwood & Sons, in rosewood case
  124. A mahogany-frame piano stool with revolving seat
  125. A Georgian mahogany folding-top table fitted long drawer, with cabriole supports and club feet, 2ft 9in wide

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4 responses to “Hickleton Hall Auction 1947

  1. Richard Fletcher

    Hi There
    A very interesting list of items sold at auction just a pitty there is not a picture of lot 37.An antique oak long-case clock with painted dial, by Tobias Fletcher of Barnsley as this was made by either my 5th or 6th great grandfather Tobias Fletcher 1782 to 1841 or Tobias 1751 to 1811. Would love to hear from anyone who has any info or pics on any other clocks or pocket watches made by tobias fletcher of barnsley
    Regards Richard Fletcher

    • Neil J. Skinner

      Richard, i have some knowledge of Hickleton Hall, having worked & lived there in 1969 through to 1972. I maintained contact & visited for some years afterwards. I have a distinct recollection of a large longcase clock of the above description.It stood in the front hall to the left of the double doors during all the time that I lived & visited Hickleton Hall.
      I hope that this has been of some interest to you.
      Neil J. Skinner. Thorne near Doncaster.

  2. Found this on the internet from 2009 and it makes an interesting addition to this article.

    A CARVED ivory box bought for £9 may fetch up to £300,000 at auction after it was recognised as 1,000 years old and one of the most significant Islamic discoveries for decades.
    Only seven other dated examples of such ivory vessels are known to exist, and all are in museums.

    Marcus Fraser, director of Sotheby’s Islamic and Indian department, said: “This box is definitely one of the major Islamic discoveries in living memory.

    “The astonishing quality, beauty, rarity and art-historical significance of this box make it one of the most outstanding Islamic works of art ever to come to auction.”

    Nicholas Shaw, an expert in the auction house’s Islamic department, said he took a “sharp intake of breath” when he was first sent photographs by the curious owner.

    “I could hardly believe it. Pieces such as these are so rare and I couldn’t imagine that one could turn up in Yorkshire,” said Mr Shaw.

    The vendor, who does not wish to be named, had attended the sale where it was bought with his uncle in 1947, when he was 12.

    It was part of a job lot with other ornamental items in the sale of contents of Hickleton Hall, near Doncaster – the former home of the first Earl of Halifax – and the uncle bid just £9- 19- 6d.

    The current owner inherited the box when his uncle died, and kept it in the hall of his home in Yorkshire.

    Intrigued by its history, he took it to experts at the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow last year. They recommended he contact auctioneers.

    The box is one of a small surviving group of vessels made in the late 10th and early 11th century to glorify the lifestyles of the great Moslem rulers in the Spanish city of Cordoba. They appear to have been made exclusively for the ruling family.

    The box is a star lot in an auction on 15 October, 2009 during Sotheby’s Islamic week.

  3. Clare Edwards

    Hi symeon
    It’s lovely to be receiving your interesting emails again I was lost without them when you were away, another fascinating read as always

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