June 2015 Sale Report



The Busiest of Months


With almost 2,000 lots sold within the space of a few days, the team at Wotton-under-Edge have had a remarkably busy time. The sale at Heneage Court attracted huge crowds not only for the 500 or so lots of antique furniture, pictures and taxidermy plus the sale of agricultural and estate requisites conducted by Voyce Pullin. The combination of these two firms working together to provide a complete dispersal service worked very well for all concerned.


The marquee was tightly packed with buyers from all parts of the country and resulted in a very strong trade prices including a Dynatron Windsor radiogram for 520, a pair of satinwood demi-lune side tables for 1,420 and an early continental reliquary presented as a building for 700.


Following directly on from the sale it was back to the usual routine at The Tabernacle, when over 1,300 lots were offered. The first day saw 900 lots go under the hammer with a remarkably high selling rate of well over 90%. Prices here included a pair of substantial continental vases 600, early 19th century blue and white Spode sporting series wares at 550, an 18th century Worcester sauce boat 560. Jewellery sold well as usual, followed by a strong silver section, the 85 or so lots totalled 8,455.


Amongst the miscellaneous effects a stereoscopic viewer realised 440, a bag of vintage medical equipment 380. Whilst amongst the picture a painting by Howard Hitchcock showing palm trees, etc attracted strong internet interest, before selling to a British telephone buyer at 4,900. A small selection of 19th century portraits did well, mainly copies of earlier works, the five lots totalled 2,600. Amongst the books 8 volumes of Arcadia Press books by such authors as Nancy Mitford and Montgomery of Alamein and each signed by the author, totalled 1,385. On the second day outside and garden effects again outstripped expectations with weathered garden ornaments and terrace sets, often no more than 10 to 20 years old, finding new garden settings. This section totalled 5,548.


Furniture prices continue to be challenging, however a good percentage sold and at the time of writing the saleroom is again filling quickly for the forthcoming sale on July 14th/15th. Entries already to hand include a rare Pedersen cycle and an unyet sorted but interesting collection of vintage radio/televisions.


Lot 97 - Sold for 560

Lot 670 - Sold for 4,900