June 2014 Sale Report





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.