May 2013 Sale Report





House sales were once common events, where the contents of the property were removed from the house and set up in the marquee in the grounds and auctioned from there. These events are now rare, large properties have probably already had their contents removed or at least partially removed over the years and parking and security can also be an issue. When the necessary elements coincide, to conduct a house sale (as they were so often termed), attracts a good deal of interest. The reasons for this are various, for some it is simple curiosity, while others take the opportunity to purchase long forgotten objects and for others simply attending and becoming part of a local historical event is enough. Such was the sale at Ashcroft House near Ozleworth on the 4th May, about five hundred lots were gathered from the recesses of the house together with a few additional items added by neighbours and family friends.


So following two day’s viewing, the sale got underway with the outside effects, troughs, urns, iron and other fountains, arbours and other such garden objects found great favour with those attending and this section totalled a little over £6,000.


Once in the marquee the pace continued, a carved limestone figure of a man probably a sundial support realised £950, while a good quality George III drum table in need of restoration sold for £2,200. A 19th century mahogany and brass inlaid library bookcase made £800, while an 18th century continental bombe shaped commode in walnut realised £3,000. A Regency mahogany concertina action dining table made £1,550.


There was a great variety of pictures including an oil painting by J W Hillyard – showing the Berkeley Hunt which sold at £1,350, most remarkable however were a set of four prints after Robert Polhill Beven 1865-1925, estimated to make £3,000, they soared away to make £10,200. An old English lantern clock sold for £1,300, while four 19th century Sunderland lustre jugs realised £690. An interesting collection of 19th century silver and bronze agricultural medals totalled £750. And so the sale continued and just a few days later a further 1200 lots were offered for sale at the regular monthly auction at The Tabernacle in Wotton-under-Edge. This was led by a curious 19th century stickstand in the form of a carved eagle with outstretched wings and with naturalistic feather detail and inset with glass bead eyes, it supported a bow fronted rail and a brass drip tray. It soared above it’s pre-estimated value of £300-£400 to sell for £2,900. It is some months since we have had a large 18th century oak court cupboard in the rooms but a good plain Welsh example sold at £1,400, while an earlier carved example realised £800. A 19th century Dutch livery cupboard realised £780 and a Georgian period housekeeper’s cupboard £720.


An exceptionally large (9ft) brown leather, buttoned back Chesterfield sofa sold at £860. Amongst the miscellaneous effects a bronze sculpture by Claude Michel Clodion sold at £480, two full and three half sovereigns at £700 and a collection of eight late 18th century or early 19th century miniature portraits totalled £1,340, the next sale will be held on June 18th & 19th and will include a larger than usual jewellery section, entries are now invited.









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