March 2012 Sale Report




Spring appears to be on the horizon which in the auction rooms means interest in garden effects and prices start to rise. Five limestone staddle stones realised £910 and two stone troughs £470, all filmed in the presence of the BBC who were producing a programme in the series ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’ to be broadcast later in the year.


The sale was, as usual, a varied event, an Adam & Eve blue dash charger which arrived in a box of general china realised £1,850 despite damage. A large collection of jewellery was fiercely contended. The 110 or so lots totalled under £19,000, individual prices including an 18ct gold link chain at £1,180, whilst the best of the diamond rings realised £1,500. This enlarged jewellery section will become a quarterly event in the rooms with the next sale scheduled for June. The watch section included an 18ct gold pocket watch at £1,150.


Silver continues to sell exceedingly well and about 120 lots were offered with just a handful of lots remaining unsold. The section totalled around £13,500, with the top price of £1,800 being made for a random collection of Victorian and Georgian silver flatware weighing in at 120 ounces.


Amongst the pictures a late 18th century or early 19th century copy of ‘The Worship of Venus’ after Titan realised £2,400, while an oil painting by Luc Raphael Ponson showing a harbour scene at Les Martigus sold at £1,700.


A consignment of miniature portraits received from two estates, one in Chippenham, the other in Cheltenham found favour with buyers from across the country, with the best being a framed set of seven children which realised £5,600. The collection totalled over £9,000.


The second day’s sale, 450 lots of furniture was more predictable and included a good quality freestanding display cabinet at £1,250, a George I style shepherd’s crook armchair which sold at £2,000, a George III oak dresser base at £950, an Italian stool with dished top on scrolled supports at £950, and a small size, Edwardian demi-lune occasional table with high quality inlay which made £1,250.


The next auction to be held on April 17th & 18th will contain the contents of properties from Painswick, Cirencester and further afield, all entries should be received at the salerooms by April 2nd for inclusion.


Lot 29 - £1,850

Lot 1444 - £2,000

Lot 744 - £2,400






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