October 2014 Sale Report





With much of the sale being made up of the summer probate instructions this was always going to be an interesting auction.  The highest price of the sale was taken for a 19th century bronze Grand Tour model of Trajanís column, this one complete with the figure finial that is so often missing.  It was found by the auctioneers standing in the corner of a hallway of a local property.  The owners had lived with the column for many years and had really ceased to take any notice of it, having no real knowledge of the object.  They were as surprised as anyone when the hammer finally fell to a Los Angeles telephone bidder at £6,800.


From an apartment in Cheltenham a rather dishevelled 19th century automaton piano playing monkey in need of extensive restoration sold at £2,000.


Furniture prices seem to be rising, a Regency marble chimney piece in grey and white colourway sold at £1,250, while a 1920ís figured walnut bedroom suite in the Queen Anne style comprising a linen press, a matching dressing table and a mirror sold for a total figure of £1,140.  A 19th century mahogany sectional wardrobe did well at £1,250.  A late 19th century Louis XV Vernis Martin vitrine with shaped outline and painted panels made £3,000.


Other random prices from throughout the sale included a pair of Hancock & Sons Morris ware vases at £560, a Royal Doulton figure Ė In The Stocks £400, a burr walnut writing slope £360, a cello £750.

A 19th century oil on canvas study of a tabby kitten by Wilson Hepple made £580 and a 19th century pine counter of drawers £680.  A library bookcase in the Georgian style made £640, while a pair of  19th century Regency hall benches totalled £640.  A serpentine inlaid wardrobe made £850 and a large gilt framed mirror made £850 and another £720.


Over ninety per cent of the auction sold.


The next sale on November 11th & 12th will include amongst other collections a large volume of clocks, about fifty or so in total, with estimates from £300 to around £5,000.  The saleroom will be full to capacity as usual.


Lot 576 - Sold for £6,800



Lot 1438 - Sold for £3,000