Elizabethan house’s contents with one of finest needlework collections sell for more than £1million

Elizabethan houses contents with one of finest needlework collections sell


Sharp work: Contents of Elizabethan country house including one of the world’s finest needlework collections sell for more than £1million

  • An Elizabethan house’s contents with one of the finest collections of needlework sold for more than £1million
  • Micheál and Elizabeth Feller lived at Upper Slaughter Manor near Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds 
  • The couple sold almost 1,000 items including rare embroideries, early English furniture, pottery and paintings
  • The needlework collection made £268,275, with a flurry of interest putting the total makings at £1.08million

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The lavish contents of an Elizabethan country house that featured one of the world’s finest collection of needlework have sold for more than £1million.

Micheál Feller, a butcher in Oxford, and his wife Elizabeth lived in the fittingly-named Upper Slaughter Manor near Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds countryside for more than 35 years.

The couple sold the manor as they were downsizing and parted with almost 1,000 items including rare embroideries, early English furniture, pottery and paintings.

The two-day sale by auctioneers Woolley and Wallis included the Fellers’ collection of more than 300 samplers and needleworks.

It was expected to raise £500,000 but a flurry of interest meant the contents fetched an overall hammer price of £864,000, with extra fees taking the final figure to £1.08million. The needlework collection alone made £268,275. 

The auctioneers said the Fellers were ‘over the moon’ with the result and that several pieces were sold to ‘significant national or international collections’. 

The two-day sale made more than £1million and was included a collection of over 300 samplers and needleworks. Pictured: Auctioneer, Mark Yuan-Richards is holding a William IV needlework slave emancipation sampler sold for £2500

The two-day sale made more than £1million and was included a collection of over 300 samplers and needleworks. Pictured: Auctioneer, Mark Yuan-Richards is holding a William IV needlework slave emancipation sampler sold for £2500

Yellow needlework ladies shoes, one of which was held here by Auctioneer Emily O'Donnell, sold for £2000 were part of the sale

Yellow needlework shoes, one of which was held here by auctioneer Emily O’Donnell, sold for £2000 were part of the sale

Micheal Fuller, a butcher by trade, and his wife Elizabeth have owned the fittingly-named Upper Slaughter Manor in the Cotswolds countryside since 1985. Pictured: Auctioneer Mark Yuan-Richards holding a Victorian needlework sample that had an estimate of £1,200

Micheal Fuller, a butcher by trade, and his wife Elizabeth have owned the fittingly-named Upper Slaughter Manor in the Cotswolds countryside since 1985. Pictured: Auctioneer Mark Yuan-Richards holding a Victorian needlework sample that had an estimate of £1,200

The Victorian bedroom includes an early Victorian bed that had a £1,200 estimate and Victorian rosewood armchairs (to the left of the room) that were estimated at between £5,00 and £1,000

The Victorian bedroom includes an early Victorian bed that had a £1,200 estimate and Victorian rosewood armchairs (to the left of the room) that were estimated at between £5,00 and £1,000

A pair of carved marbled angels had an estimate for £6,000 and the columns they're on had an estimate of £1,500

A 17th century Elizabethan style cupboard had an estimate of £8,000

A pair of carved marbled angels had an estimate for £6,000 and the columns they’re on had an estimate of £1,500 (left). A 17th century Elizabethan style cupboard had an estimate of £8,000 (right)

The Fullers have downsized and sold almost 1,000 items including rare embroideries, early English furniture, pottery and paintings. Pictured: A china dinner service with an estimate of £500

The Fullers have downsized and sold almost 1,000 items including rare embroideries, early English furniture, pottery and paintings. Pictured: A china dinner service with an estimate of £500

A collection of historic household objects known as 'Treen' featured in the sale. Treen are small domestic wooden objects, especially antiques.

A collection of historic household objects known as ‘Treen’ featured in the sale. Treen are small domestic wooden objects, especially antiques.

The panelled room had a George II yew and walnut dresser with drawers which had an estimate of £8,000.  There were also three portraits of children from the 1600's which had estimates of £1,500 each

The panelled room had a George II yew and walnut dresser with drawers which had an estimate of £8,000.  There were also three portraits of children from the 1600’s which had estimates of £1,500 each

Auctioneer Yuan-Richards with a 17th Adam and Eve plate that had an estimate of £3,000. Mr Yuan-Richards was pictured among some of the Manor House items crammed into one of the Woolley and Wallis salerooms

Auctioneer Yuan-Richards with a 17th Adam and Eve plate that had an estimate of £3,000. Mr Yuan-Richards was pictured among some of the Manor House items crammed into one of the Woolley and Wallis salerooms

Mr Yuan-Richards said: 'The Fellers were over the moon with the result of the sale, which was met with huge enthusiasm by the collecting community.' Pictured: Upper Slaughter Manor

Mr Yuan-Richards said: ‘The Fellers were over the moon with the result of the sale, which was met with huge enthusiasm by the collecting community.’ Pictured: Upper Slaughter Manor

The auctioneer added: “The success of the auction is largely down to the rarity and extent of the collection that Micheal and Elizabeth have put together over the last few decades. “Several pieces have now gone into significant national or international collections'

The auctioneer added: ‘The success of the auction is largely down to the rarity and extent of the collection that Micheal and Elizabeth have put together over the last few decades. ‘Several pieces have now gone into significant national or international collections’

A white marble bird bath (centre) had an estimate of £3,000 and a pair of carved marbled angels (one of them pictured right in the far corner of the room) had an estimate of £6,000

A white marble bird bath (centre) had an estimate of £3,000 and a pair of carved marbled angels (one of them pictured right in the far corner of the room) had an estimate of £6,000

Some of the 300 samplers and needleworks of the Fellers' collection was hanging up in the Manor house

A 17th century oak settle had an estimate of £5,000 and a portrait of William III (on the wall) had an estimate of £3,000

Some of the 300 samplers and needleworks of the Fellers’ collection was hanging up in the Manor house (left). A 17th century oak settle had an estimate of £5,000 and a portrait of William III (on the wall) had an estimate of £3,000 (right)

Auctioneer Mr Yuan-Richards added: 'The Fellers were present in the saleroom for both days and, although it was an emotional time for them, they enjoyed watching items they have collected and loved find new homes where they will be similarly appreciated'

Auctioneer Mr Yuan-Richards added: ‘The Fellers were present in the saleroom for both days and, although it was an emotional time for them, they enjoyed watching items they have collected and loved find new homes where they will be similarly appreciated’

There were a variety of flasks up for auction, as pictured here in the Woolley and Wallis saleroom. The objects helped make more than £1million

There were a variety of flasks up for auction, as pictured here in the Woolley and Wallis saleroom. The objects helped make more than £1million

There were various pottery pieces in the sale and this oak cupboard that had an estimate of £1,500

The huge needlework collection was hanging throughout the manor

There were various pottery pieces in the sale and this oak cupboard that had an estimate of £1,500 (left). The huge needlework collection was hanging throughout the manor (right)

The Manor House has a stunning square spiral staircase that adds to the rustic charm of the incredible Cotswolds property

The Manor House has a stunning square spiral staircase that adds to the rustic charm of the incredible Cotswolds property



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