Over 600 items are being auctioned off from an 18th century country house next week.

Kirkbymoorside-based Ryedale Auctioneers are overseeing the auction of the antiques at Beal House, the home of the late Ian Stewart, who died in 2019 aged 70.

Ian was a businessman who lived and worked in both the UK and the Far East and amassed hundreds of antiques in the country house style over his many years of collecting.

Beal House is a Grade II listed manor house near the village of Thornton-le-Street, between Northallerton and Thirsk.

The house dates back to the 18th century and was originally built as the dower house for the Gautby Estate.

It was recently sold by Croft Residential (York) for around £2million.

The primary sale of the contents of the Beal House was held in 2020 by Edinburgh-based auctioneers Lyon&Turnbull and grossed £900,000.

Auctioneer Jeremy Wood, said: “it’s a classic country house sale with an eclectic mix of antiques and furniture from different periods.

"Although some of the contents of Beal House had already been removed there are still a huge number of items to sell.

"We are expecting a lot of interest in the sale from private buyers as well as from the trade.”

The sale is catalogued in a room-by-room sequence.

Highlights of the sale include a pair of bronze busts with an estimate of £500-£800, a 19th century Scandinavian blanket box, and a collection of Regency style garden urns and ornaments.

Ryedale Auctioneers’ last country house sale took place in November 2021 and included the collection of the late David Hall, a Thirsk-based antiques dealer.

The auction achieved a 99% sale rate and was Ryedale Auctioneers’ second largest grossing sale to date.

The sale days are Friday 28 and Saturday, January 29.

The saleroom is open for viewing Wednesday, 26 and Thursday, January 27.

The catalogue can be viewed at ryedaleauctioneers.com

Auctioneer and owner of Ryedale Auctioneers Angus Ashworth and his team appear on television series The Yorkshire Auction House. The latest series airs 9pm Mondays on Really channel.

Ryedale Auctioneers, is at Cooks Yard, New Road, Kirkbymoorside, YO62 6DZ.