Fieldings are delighted to announce the sale of the contents of Astley Towne House, a beautiful grade II listed manor house in the Worcestershire countryside. The sale will take place this Summer and promises to be one of the most distinguished and diverse collections that has come to market in recent years. Highlights of this wonderful collection owned by Tim and Lesley Smith include, a 19th century cattle vertebrae which has been cleverly painted to depict an image of the Preacher John Wesley a taxidermy zebra and alligators and a carving of an ivory skull with a serpent entwined clasping the leg of a very finely carved skeleton.
‘I wanted to fill the house with items that evoked the period of the house. I like to imagine that the previous occupiers of the house would feel at home and recognise some of the items such as the leather Jacks, Bombards and rush lights I have collected. We moved to Astley Towne House 30 years ago and the collection has grown in number and eccentricity. I have relished collecting the more “weird and wonderful” creating a House of Curiosities and within that a Cabinet Room of Curiosities which includes the The Fiji Mermaid’.
Owner Tim Smith
Posted on 24 March 2021