Manor House Sale: Avening Court, Part II

Surrounded by green forests and large fields in the beautiful area of Gloucestershire, England, lies the picturesque manor house Avening Court. The place has roots dating back to the 11th century and has most recently housed a family that decorated the interior with primarily 18th-century antiques. This interior is now up for Live Auction in Copenhagen.

A Place Steeped in History

Gloucestershire is set in the unique area of the Cotswolds, famous for its scenic countryside, charming old villages and fairytale-like stone architecture. Here you find the manor house Avening Court with its impressive structure towering over the nearby landscape. The manor has 40.5 hectares of land, and the home in the main building takes up no less than 1400 square meters. The place exudes history and the heyday of Great Britain. When you enter the area, you are greeted by old trees, hilly fields, parks, flowerbeds and orchards, lakes and a babbling brook.

An Infatuated Queen and the Influence of Changing Owners

The manor has roots dating back to the 11th century and contains a story of both unrequited love, royal cynicism and a large number of changing owners. According to tradition, Avening Court initially belonged to a Saxon named Britric. Unfortunately, the later Queen Mathilda of England fell in love with Britric, and his rejection of her feelings led him straight to Worcester prison. The Queen and her husband, William I (also known as the Conqueror), took over the manor after Britric and supposedly lived there for many years. For the next 1000 years or so, a large number of families resided on the grounds, and they have continuously expanded and restored the manor house. Therefore, one can find different styles within the buildings today, including the Jacobean style from the 17th century and the characteristic Edwardian style from the beginning of the 20th century.

Antiques from the 18th Century

The current owners moved to Avening Court in 1985 and have, through their many years in the manor house, created a sumptuous yet cozy home. The main building includes a large hall, a ballroom, two dining rooms, a kitchen, living rooms, lounges, a study, eight bedrooms and five bathrooms. All the rooms have been decorated by the family with primarily 18th-century European antiques. The interior is hand-picked and selected with great care and aesthetic awareness to match the architecture and history of the manor house.

Live Auction

The sale of the beautiful antiques from Avening Court commenced on a recently concluded Online Auction, while the remaining part of the interior will now be sold at Live Auction in Copenhagen on 16 September at 2 pm.

The highlight from the manor house at the Live Auction is a rare North German mirror cabinet from approx. 1760. The furniture piece is from Johann Friedrich Köster's workshop and was made in the transition period between the Rococo and Neo-classical, which can be seen in the presence of stylistic elements from both periods, a so-called "transition" piece.

Furniture pieces with this design are usually associated with the German city of Altona, which was one of the leading centres of furniture production in 18th century Northern Europe. At the time, this type of furniture was ordered by the North German and Danish aristocracy for decoration and interiors of their castles and palaces in Slesvig-Holsten, Copenhagen, Potsdam and Dresden and was a clear symbol of status and wealth.

Live Auction

Manor House Sale: Avening Court, part II

16 September at 2 pm

For further information, please contact:

Henrik Schleppegrel: +45 8818 1145 · hsc@bruun-rasmussen.dk

Anders Fredsted: +45 8818 1142 · afr@bruun-rasmussen.dk