May 2012 Sale Report


The dynamics of the May sale at Wotton Auction Rooms was somewhat different from the majority of other sales.  It was dominated by a large library of books, over three hundred lots gathered over the past few months, principally from three estates, each with a different emphasis.

The major portion had belonged to a retired solicitor living in Bristol who had over the years built up a considerable and acclaimed library, principally based on natural history, particularly fauna, mosses, seaweeds, trees, as well as bird, insect and animal life. 

The highest price was taken for a collection of The New Naturalist series volumes 1-110 which were found to be in excellent condition and sold at £5,500.  Twenty two volumes of The New Naturalist Monograph realised £1,450.  An early Herbal by John Gerarde dated 1633 sold at £1,800, while twenty one volumes of James Sowerby’s English Botany 1790 made £1,050. 

An interesting collection of ships logs and journals detailing Admiral St James Dean’s Dundas Movements in the Mediterranean and Black Sea during the Crimean war period sold at £2,100.

The first section of the sale comprised around one hundred lots of 18th century or early 19th century leather bindings, mainly history, classical works, etc.  One buyer dominated this section constantly beating off all other interested parties, the library therefore remains almost entirely intact and will be kept as such, this section totalled around £14,000.

Over three hundred of the three hundred and fifty lots on offer sold totalling about £60,000.

Amongst the general antiques sale, great interest was shown in an early 18th century English floral marquetry chest of drawers, generally in reasonable condition, but in need of some restoration, estimated at £3/£3,500 it sold at £6,200.  Elsewhere the sale produced few surprises but did include an oil painting by Stanley Cursiter – A View from Fair Isle which  sold at £2,300.  Overall high volume of lots were sold and the saleroom is now quickly filling again for the June sale on 12th & 13th of the month which will include a large jewellery section.

Preliminary Announcement Saturday 23rd June

To be sold locally in a marquee at the property approximately 400 plus lots of unusual, quirky and interesting effects collected over a lifetime, principally marine artefacts, vintage shop fittings, enamel signs, iron work tools and outside effects including antique furniture, etc, yet to be catalogued.   Further details in due course.


Lot 1447 - £6,200


Lot 591 - £2,300

Lot 212 - £1,800






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