Three rare tapestries from Dalham Hall dating back to the early 18th century are expected to attract worldwide interest when they go under the hammer in Cambridge next week.
It is believed the tapestries, which represent scenes from Ovid’s Metamorhoses, were made at the famous Gobelins factory in Paris and have estimates from £10,000 to £30,000. They are among 28 lots being sold by members of the Philipps family. Dalham Hall mansion, was once owned by diamond magnate and colonial adventurer Cecil Rhodes and was bought by shipping magnate Sir Laurence Philipps in 1927. Sheikh Mohammed bought the hall in 2009 allowing members of the Philipps family to remain as tenants. Other lots from the hall in the sale at Cheffins on Wednesday and Thursday include a Eurasian Elk mount and an 18th century Portugese colonial rosewood bed.