August 2015 Sale Report




Many auctioneers treat August as a dead month, fearing that with the holiday season at its height, few will be in the market and prices non-competitive.  This was in the past to a degree true, but here at Wotton we have always ploughed on, believing that many people have an opportunity to attend our auctions during the holiday season.   This backed up with continuing expansion of live internet bidding which means in practise you can bid from the beach!


This sale proved very successful with a selling percentage of around 90% and a large company of buyers gathering for both selling days.


The highest price of the sale was taken for a good Art Deco emerald and diamond ring which sold for 2,100, while a solitaire diamond ring, just under 1 ct in weight, sold for 1,100.


Amongst the silver, an interesting Chinese mirror with gem and jade setting realised 1,900 against an estimate of around 300.


Virtually every last Persian rug and carpet sold with a large consignment already received for the following sale.  A collection of contemporary Welsh pictures with examples by Tom Gerrard & Christopher Williams totalled 1,670, while an oil on board by Frederick Appleyard showing a coastal scene made 620.


Amongst the furniture and outdoor effects three large stone troughs made 960 and seven staddle stones sold for 895.


An Aldo Tura goat skin parchment dining room suite circa 1950/60 comprising six chairs, sideboard and table sold for 1,600.


The forthcoming sale on September 15th/16th will include two important Irish oil paintings by James Humbert Craig and an interesting library of books including early mountaineering, continental travel and other subjects.  The sale will also include a selection of the summer probate instructions.


Lot 268 - Sold for 2,100


Lot 720 - Sold for 620


Lot 298 - Sold for 1,100