Hoard of antiques worth £100,000 is uncovered at historic house

Cave of WANDers! Hoard of antiques worth £100,000 including lectern made of wood from Harry Potter’s ‘Malfoy Manor’ is uncovered at historic house

  • Collection of 200 items was discovered Over Burrows near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, and date back to 1740
  • Stunning array of classic furniture and 18th and 19th century paintings on sale and could fetch £100,000
  • Among items is a wooden lectern used in the Harry Potter films and home itself was Malfoy Manner in films 

An Aladdin’s cave of antique treasures including a lectern from the fictional Malfoy Manor from the Harry Potter films has been uncovered at a country manor house.

The collection of over 200 items was discovered at Over Burrows, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, a rural cottage which dates back to the 1740s.

The stunning array of objects – including classic furniture as well as 18th and 19th century fine art paintings – could now fetch up to £100,000 at auction.

Among the items is a wooden lectern which was salvaged from Hardwick Hall in Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

The collection of over 200 items was discovered at Over Burrows, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, a rural cottage which dates back to the 1740s

The stunning array of objects – including classic furniture as well as 18th and 19th century fine art paintings – could now fetch up to £100,000 at auction

The Elizabethan country house built in the late 1500s was Malfoy Manor in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows film

The Elizabethan country house built in the late 1500s was Malfoy Manor in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows film.

Harry Potter fans are now expected to come out in force to secure the piece of movie memorabilia when the lots go under the hammer on April 8.

Adrian Rathbone, Head of Fine Arts at Hansons Auctioneers, said: ‘This collection of contents is magnificent and the Harry Potter-related find is just one good example.

‘I’m sure there are many Potter fans around the world would like to own an item connected to the fictional Malfoy Manor. Hardwick provided exterior shots for the famous film.

‘Derbyshire has many country homes steeped in history and Over Burrows is another fine example.

‘It was originally the cottage to a larger hall nearby. 

‘In the mid-1980s, after many years in a derelict state, the manor was sensitively restored.

‘The owner, who is re-locating, has built up an enviable collection of furniture and furnishings over many years.

‘Inherited heirlooms sit alongside well-considered purchases to create a typical English country house look.

‘Purveyors of quintessential English country house interiors will be in their element when the contents of this manor go to auction.

‘Goods on offer range from traditional 18th Century and later oak and mahogany furniture.

‘Specific items which should perform well include studded leather wing-back chairs, a chesterfield settee and bookcases, pedestal desk and even a table globe, an ideal addition to a gentleman’s study.

‘There are plenty of tables, highlights of which include a lovely 18th Century figured walnut lowboy and Regency period tea/games tables.

‘For those looking for something out of the ordinary, there is an unusual porter’s armchair, a cosy chair incorporating a curved canopy. 

Harry Potter fans are now expected to come out in force to secure the piece of movie memorabilia when the lots go under the hammer on April 8

Adrian Rathbone, Head of Fine Arts at Hansons Auctioneers, said: ‘This collection of contents is magnificent and the Harry Potter-related find is just one good example’

He added: ‘I’m sure there are many Potter fans around the world would like to own an item connected to the fictional Malfoy Manor. Hardwick provided exterior shots for the famous film’

‘Other highlights include the owner’s favourite pair of walnut and tan leather chairs and a mirrored back bookcase.

‘Traditional country oak furniture such as a dresser, a cupboard with lozenge carved panels and rustic dining table and chairs can be found.’

The sale will include a selection of original artwork, dating from the 18th and 19th century, including work by 17th century Dutch artist Palamedesz Palamedes.

The contents have now been transferred to Hansons’ country house auction centre at Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge, Staffordshire, ahead of April’s auction.

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