HIGH FLYING AUGUST
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.