ONE of Cornwall's most famous stately homes is holding a sale of its contents.
The auction by Bonhams of the contents of Trelissick House, near Truro, includes an unrivalled collection of ceramics, and is expected to raise between £1 million and £1.5 million.
It also promises everything from fine English and French furniture to Chinese porcelain, silver, wine, books, and paintings.
William Copeland, the present occupant, said: "We have been guardians of these fine works for a number of years and now that we are moving locally it is time to pass them on for others to enjoy."
Trelissick is the former home of Leonard Daneham Cunliffe, one of Britain's most eminent collectors, who had a distinguished career as the deputy governor of the Bank of England, co-founder of the merchant bank Cunliffe Brothers, director of the Hudson Bay Company, and a major investor in Harrods.
When Mr Cunliffe died in 1937, the major part of his vast collection of bronzes, ceramics, furniture and paintings, was bequeathed to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
The Trelissick Estate was left to his stepdaughter, Ida Copeland, whose husband, Ronald, was the president of Copeland and Spode, a ceramics company based in Stoke.
In 1955, the 376 acres, Trelissick House, Home Farm and its buildings were given by Ida to the National Trust, with a condition that the Copeland family could stay in the main house, but they have now decided to move.
Roger Tappin, Bonhams' regional director, said: "The house is synonymous with Cornwall and this on-site auction will be a landmark event.
"It gives everyone in Cornwall who has visited and loved Trelissick a chance to bid on a piece of Cornish history."
The sale is on July 23 and 24.