A Roman cinerary urn from a
local garden, a Victorian field mouse pelt, a rare Japanese
soapstone figure found on a farm workshop bench, well it must be
another auction at Wotton-under-Edge, and so it was. The usual
diverse selection of objects thrown up from the district over
the previous month but finding buyers from all over the world, a
situation which has become rather normal for these rural
Gloucestershire auction rooms.
The Roman cinerary urn, in
marble, with script in a mixture of Roman and Greek had lain
dormant in local garden for some years. Wide interest was shown
by those visiting the room, internet bidders and telephone
interest. A strong buyer from Somerset, however, took the trophy
home paying a handsome £3,500.
The Japanese soapstone female
figure was found standing on the workbench of a Wiltshire farm
workshop, settled in nicely amongst the tools and agricultural
sundries. She sold for £900.
A good quality jewellery section
produced a number of results including a diamond solitaire ring
at £1,500, another at £800, all the best of the unsorted costume
jewellery sold for £900.
Amongst the miscellaneous lots
was a collection of war medals including a Military medal which
made £850 and an 18ct gold gentís half Hunter pocket watch which
sold at £750.
A collection of ivory, mainly 19th
century Netsuke, in ten or so lots made a little over £1,600.
Interest and demand for Persian
carpets and rugs grows, all the lots sold, the best price of
£1,400 being taken for an early 20th century runner
of relatively plain design. Two good violins, one by Perry &
Wilkinson of Dublin made £850 and another by Jacqus Bocquay made
£900. Four modern electric guitars by Fender, Indi and Yamaha
made just over £1,000. A good Leica 1 camera circa 1930, very
heavily used and worn made a surprising £750. The best of the
pictures included a watercolour by Burlton-Cull showing HMS
Courageous which sold at £2,000 and an oil painting by Jens Erik
Carl Rasmussen showing eskimos in kayaks at £860.
Amongst the furniture a
collection of ten Windsor elbow chairs sold at £900 and the best
of the long cased clocks by Solomon Lyon also made £900.
July usually heralds a quieter
period for auction rooms in general, however, at the time of
writing these rooms have never been busier in the weeks leading
up to the July sale. All areas will be full to capacity and we
are already in receipt of a good collection of ceramics,
jewellery, glassware and much of the furniture is already in
place. A substantial Gloucestershire country house is beginning
to divest itself of objects from outbuildings, attics and
anti-rooms, a project which will take several months to complete
and should produce some interesting effects over the next few
sales. It looks as though itís going to be a busy summer.