THE BEST OF THE YEAR
The November sale at the Wotton
Auction rooms had all the usual elements to create a memorable
event, led by an interesting selection of oriental objects
consigned by local vendors.
Leading the day was an 18th
century Chinese porcelain bowl known as a Hong bowl. It showed
in great detail warehouses on the now Hong Kong harbour front.
The 16” diameter piece was located during a routine house visit
by Philip Taubenheim in the Stroud area a few weeks ago. The
pre-sale estimate of £15,000-£20,000, which took into account a
fairly substantial crack to the main body, was broken however,
when an English buyer bid £37,000 to secure it against a foreign
A few lots later a Chinese jade
table screen set on a finely carved rosewood frame sold to a
Chinese buyer in the room at £13,000 against a pre-sale estimate
of £3,000. A jade model of a ram, of uncertain age - possibly 18th
century or earlier, completed the section by selling for £3,800
to a Canadian buyer.
A further 80 or so lots of oil lamps
and spares were included and totalled somewhere around £5,400.
A strong library of Folio Society
books sold well, with individual copies making up to £650. The
library totalled around £4,000.
Amongst the furniture a vintage
haberdashery cabinet sold for £1,650 and a good Georgian tilt
top breakfast table of oval form realised £1,150.
The forthcoming sale, the last of
the year, will be held on December 10th/11th
and at the time of writing the salerooms are almost at capacity.