A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT SALE
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
hundred of the three hundred and fifty lots on offer sold
totalling about £60,000.
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