February 2015 Sale Report




February can be a dreary month with damp days, tax bills just having been paid and spring seeming a long way off still, but life at the Wotton Auction Rooms, Wotton-under-Edge continues with some 1200 lots on offer and with a large company gathering, particularly for the furniture and outside effects on the second day.

The South Gloucestershire Council favoured the auction rooms with the sale of its collection of historic weights and measures, now redundant and replaced by high tech digital metric devices. Amongst the most sought after pieces were thirteen graduated Victorian brass kettle weights ranging from 56 lbs down to one half ounce, these sold at £1,550. Three 19th century bell metal weights 56, 28 & 14 lb sold at £900. A cased set of 12 apothecary’s measures, from 40 fluid ounces down, sold at £750, while two sets of drum and bell shaped weights, 56, 28 and 14lb totalled £1,100.

An untouched property in the heart of Bristol gave up a wealth of unusual effects, not of great value but of great interest. A typical example was a very large box of buttons still on their original trade cards and although uncounted probably numbering between 1500 and 2000 items; this sold for £420. An 18th century European school painting (found in a wardrobe) of Christ and John The Baptist made £440. The effects from that property alone, the majority of which had been in completely untouched condition, so sought after by the market today, contributed £11,000 towards the sale total overall.

Elsewhere a Victorian leopard skin made £950 and a Millefiori paperweight £800. The best of the furniture included a substantial oak extending dining table at £1,200, an 18th century oak chest on a later stand at £820, a Georgian camphor wood leather bound travelling trunk at £560, a replica Georgian mahogany and satinwood Bonheur du jour at £500 and a Barr Worcester beaker decorated with a floral band found amongst the general effects during a routine house visit sold for £500.

The next sale will be held on the 17th/18th March and at the time of writing it is coming together well, with effects from a variety of sources, including a collection of paintings by the well known Bristol artist Henry Harris, a selection of Chinese porcelains from a farmhouse now being cleared near Stroud as well as an interesting collection of clocks, barometers and English ceramics.