July 2014 Sale Report





Once more over 1,400 lots went under the hammer at the Wotton Auction Room’s July sale. The inevitable mixed selection of lots attracted good prices, coupled with a very high selling rate.


Top price of the two day sale was taken for a 17th century English walnut longcase clock with arabesque marquetry detail with an 11 inch dial and an 8 day striking movement by Thomas Bridge of London. It sold locally at £7,100 against an estimate of £3,000-£4,000.


A good selection of ceramics was led by an unusual pair of 19th century Wedgwood tureens and covers in a green colourway overlaid with trailing gilt stem decoration selling at £1,100 to an English buyer, against a New Yorker bidding on the internet.


The jewellery selection saw a diamond ring, the centre stone just short of 1 carats set in platinum, which realised £1,800 and a diamond cluster ring which sold at £1,500.


Miscellaneous lots included a group of 1937 gold coins, comprising a £5, £2, sovereign and half sovereign selling at £3,200 and a very pretty George III pocket watch by James Tregent of Leicester Square, London which sold for £1,800. Tregent was the watchmaker to the Prince of Wales, the case was dated 1767 and was in remarkably good condition.


Amongst the silver, a set of Victorian fiddle, thread and shell pattern cutlery by William Robert Smiley consisting of around 70 pieces and all dated London 1851 sold for £2,300. A collection of Danish silver and gilt Christmas spoons dating from 1934 to around 1974 sold in ten lots totalling £800. A collection of 18th & 19th century Dutch brass tobacco boxes totalled £1,000.


A strong library of books sold on behalf of a local estate based on ornithology, botany and gardening attracted a very strong following with £1,200 paid for 42 volumes of The New Naturalist Library, £800 for 7 volumes of the Handbook of Australian, New Zealand & Antarctic Birds, whilst the entire library grossed just short of £6,000.


A good collection of garden and outdoor effects including old teak benches, ornaments, sun dials, staddle stones, etc totalled a little over £4,000.


A random dip into the oddities of the sale included £300 paid for a Parianware model of a foot, a pair of dessert plates in the Chelsea manner sold at £800, while a pair of Lyre bird tail stocks sold at £90, £320 bought a pair of Vaseline glass lampshades and £580 was paid for a pair of Indian lacquered tea caddies showing hunting scenes. An interesting album of early photographic views of Bristol sold at £440, while £200 was paid for a stone cat.


At the time of writing the rooms are filling quickly for the next sale on August 19th & 20th and with fewer auctions generally held throughout the country during this month, a very busy time is expected.


Lot 380 - £1,800

Lot 1466 - £7,100