Antique furniture found in home of former Saints chairman to be auctioned in Northamptonshire

A screen designed by Kenneth Halliwell is expected to fetch more than �3,000 at auction
A screen designed by Kenneth Halliwell is expected to fetch more than �3,000 at auction
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A number of pieces of antique furniture found in the home of former Saints chairman Keith Barwell are expected to fetch tens of thousands of pounds at an auction later this month.

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert has been clearing out Mr Barwell’s home, near Towcester, during the past few days and has uncovered a series of unique and unusual items.

A box made by Charles Rennie Mackintosh has been given an auction guide price of �1,500 to �2,500.

A box made by Charles Rennie Mackintosh has been given an auction guide price of �1,500 to �2,500.

A four-panel screen decorated by a collage, known as the Cat screen and designed by Sixties artist Kenneth Halliwell, has been given a guide price of between £3,000 and £5,000. However, Mr Humbert said he expected it to achieve a “five-figure” price.

Other items found in Mr Barwell’s house include a wooden box made by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who famously designed the interior of 78 Derngate in Northampton, and two chairs made by the Scottish artist Herbert McNair.

These items are expected to be sold for more than £1,500 when they are put up for sale at an auction organised by JP Humbert, on September 22.

Jonathan Humbert said: “It’s really interesting to have these items that have actually been hand-made by people who were well-known for being designers.

“We are delighted the Barwell family selected us to go through these items on their behalf.”

The auction will be held at Steadings Barn in Whittlebury from 5pm on Thursday, September 22.

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