THE BEST OF THE YEAR
The March sale
at Wotton Auction rooms produced some of the most interesting
results for some months.
A hoarde of some
eighty gold coins, some dating back to the reign of George III
but including examples from Europe & America, sparked national
interest with telephone, commission and internet bids,
contributing to a remarkable total of £26,640 for the entire
A fine example
of a 17th century oak credence table, a side table
with a fold over top raised on gun barrel supports, took the top
price of the sale. Consigned from a major local property, it
again attracted national interest before selling at £8,600.
Found in the
outbuilding of another local property was a fine but very
damaged specimen marble architectural model of a portico or
entrance. Although complete it was broken into numerous pieces
and a long restoration awaits, however the pre-sale hopes of
£500 were left trailing as it sold for £7,500.
A good George
III silver quart tankard made in Newcastle in 1774 sold at
£1,200. One of the best Tyrolean carved groups to be seen on the
market for some time again attracted considerable interest as it
was not the usual bear and cub model but a mother dog and her
two playful pups. Beautifully carved in lime wood and almost 2’
in length, sadly two legs were missing. However this did not
deter the eventual buyer who paid a remarkable £5,200.
street signs for St James Square and St James Street dating from
the 1920’s or 30’s, made a good return for the owner who paid £1
each for them as they were being removed by the council for
replacement in the 1960’s; they sold for £1,300.
The best of the
diamond rings sold at £1,850. A mixed collection of about thirty
pocket and wristwatches in gold and silver sold well, totalling
The next sale
will be held on 15th/16th April and
entries are invited until the end of March, a good number of
entries are already to hand.