have learnt over the years not to pre-judge what lies within any
property I visit, some of the grandest houses can produce the
biggest disappointments, whilst small unassuming cottages the
greatest delights. Two or three months ago I was asked to view
the contents of a cottage now on the market and used for many
years by the family for summer holidays, closing it up in the
autumn until the following spring.
Initially it showed no great promise until I went into the
garage and through the gloom I could make out the shape of a
car, an early one. It transpired to be a 1910 Panhard et
Levassor Taxi, a rare survivor of pre-world war one motoring.
The car was entered into a specialist vintage car auction in
association with Richard Edmonds at The Castle Coombe race
circuit nr Chippenham with a pre-sale estimate of £15,000, it
sold at £22,400 – a good result for all concerned.
returning to the property to deal with the contents, a further
discovery was made. A 19th century brass microscope
by Powell & Lealand of Seymour Place, Euston Square, London
remarkably complete with a selection of further lens, boxes of
slides, etc, which sold to an American buyer on the telephone
Gneiss stone is a strata that appears in the northern part of
Scotland and re-appears briefly in Wales and it was from this
that a small female figure was carved, about 24 inches tall with
very weathered features and of an uncertain date. It sold at
other areas of the sale performed as expected.
next sale here on August 21st/22nd is
filling remarkably quickly with several house clearances already
here from throughout the district including Tewkesbury,
Painswick, Amberley, Oakridge Lynch, Bristol and Chipping
Sodbury. A further particularly interesting clearance from
Shipton Moyne, Nr Malmesbury will include a high volume of good
quality 19th and 20th century ceramics,
glass, pictures, furniture and garden effects. This property
alone will provide nearly 200 lots.