SELLING IN THE SUNSHINE IN
Traditionally auctions held during
the month of August tend to be rare events, with many companies
avoiding this month citing both heat and holidays for good
reasons to hold back until September. Here at Wotton-under-Edge,
however, things continued as normal despite the heat and
holidays, indeed many who were on vacation took the opportunity
to attend the sale, particularly on the furniture day which saw
strong prices and a virtual clear out of this section.
Perhaps the most interesting lot of
the sale was the two impressive Indian water buffalo skulls
complete with large horn spans mounted on shield shaped oak
boards and monogrammed to the reverse R W, signifying Roland
Wardís work. Found by the auctioneers at the very back of a
farmhouse attic near Berkeley, they attracted considerable
interest before selling for £1,950.
A pair of 19th century
continental carved portrait panels, circular in form with
ribboned garlands, located at a property in Clifton, Bristol
sold for £2,200.
A good example of a Victorian walnut
and marquetry inlaid credenza sold better than expected at
£1,600, while of the similar period a good Victorian side table
with marquetry detail made by the prestigious firm of Edwards &
Roberts sold for £1,450.
A carved marble figure of the dying
Galatian raised on a four sectional pillar raised £2,250.
Amongst the collectables a Chinese
mother-of-pearl and silver mounted snuff box realised £400 and a
group of medals including an MBE totalled £420. An interesting
but small collection of nautical badges realised £360. Other
prices included £660 for a 1920ís Jacobean revival oak bookcase
and £620 for a lacquered Chinese cabinet on stand.
At the time of writing the September
auction is gathering momentum and will include a large
collection of 18th and 19th century
miniatures and silhouette portraits in all about fifty to sixty
lots. Also included is a collection of Clarice Cliff Bizarre
plates and other wares together with an extensive silver
collection of over one hundred lots in the Georgian period to
present day. This sale will also include the quarterly jewellery
sale for which several substantial entries have already been