Saturday, 12 July 2014

Sekhemka: Cause of Castle Ashby Fire a "Mystery"

Mysterious fire at Castle Ashby
It seems that the origin of the fire that on the eve of the Sekhemka sale gutted part of the Marquess of Northampton's home at Castle Ashby where the statue was first housed when it came to England remains a mystery.
Fire bosses at the scene said it was too early to say what had caused the fire. The estate office housed various different artefacts and memorabilia relating to the historic house. [...] Castle Ashby Estate declined to comment [...].
Is there a catalogue, does the estate retain any other objects brought back from Egypt together with Sekhemka?  What artefacts were lost in the fire? Could the fire have originated with one of the "artefacts" contained in the collections? Until an investigation has been carried out we can only speculate.

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