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Carmarthenshire mansion treasures under the hammer

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

Derwydd Mansion.

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THE contents of an historic mansion house in Carmarthenshire are to go under the hammer.

Following the death of Joy Stepney-Gulston in June last year at the age of 87, Anthemion Auctions will be auctioning off her remaining treasured possessions from Derwydd Mansion.

They are worth an estimated total value of between £40,000 and £50,000.

The original sale of the contents from the mansion in Llandeilo was held by Sothebys in 1998 after the death of Ralph Stepney-Gulston.

Mrs Stepney-Gulston moved on from Derwydd into a more manageable property within walking distance of the centre of Llandeilo.

The collection of over 200 items includes a Chinese armorial bowl and chamber pot dated to 1760, along with numerous watercolours by Alan Stepney-Gulston. He was a Captain of the Royal Carmarthenshire Artillery Militia and Deputy Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Carmarthenshire.

Among the other items for sale are crested family silverwares and portraits of family members along with a framed and glazed family tree.

Other items from the estate include an 18th Century oak coffer bach, a First World War Military Cross issued to Lt A.S Gulston, estimated at £400 to £500 and a 17th century yew wood dining table estimated at £4000 to £6000.

A spokeswoman for the company said: "The auction offering the Stepney Gulston collection is one of Anthemion's three yearly fine art and antique auctions, which frequently handle large estate consignments. As well as unique collections, the sales include jewellery and silverwares, oil and watercolour paintings, books, militaria and works of art."

The sale will be held on Wednesday March 19 in Cardiff.

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