May 2015 Sale Report





The May auction at the Wotton Auction Rooms, one of the largest of the year, provided a great variety of lots, some seasonal. A large quantity of garden effects, benches, troughs, pots and terrace sets, had been gathered from local properties, deceased estates, etc., and found a remarkable following. A large company fought over every lot. The secret here is not so much the age of the objects, most were only 20 or 30 years old, but the weathered appearance that they had gathered during that short time, strangely a mixture of rust, moss and lichen is just the look that gardeners desire. The first 100 lots totalled £8,463 with almost every lot sold.


The Jewellery Section continues to perform well with, again, virtually every lot selling. The highest price being £1,550 for a 1.84 carat flower head diamond ring.


The Carpet Section saw an almost total clearance with £700 paid for a substantial Afghan carpet, with others at £480, £320, etc.


A good collection of 19th century swords, bayonets and dress swords attracted strong interest, particularly from internet buyers. This section raised £2,740. Other good individual prices included £500 for a concertina, £500 for 27 model cars, mainly by Dinky and Corgi, while a good collection of leather bindings, mainly early 19th century and in fine condition, sold to numerous buyers for a total of £830. A good collection of local topographical books found interested buyers from the district.


Dutch marquetry furniture lots sold well, a small table realised £1,300 and a pair of demi lune tables sold for £600.


At the time of writing the Auction Rooms are filling rapidly, probably quicker than at any other point this year, principally from deceased estates including a strong collection of silver, pictures, ceramics and decorative items. It could well be one of the most interesting sales of the year to-date.


Saturday 13th June should prove to be an exciting day, Wotton Auction Rooms and Voyce Pullen have been favoured with instructions to sell the surplus effects of Heneage Court in Falfield in a joint auction to be conducted at the property.


Voyce Pullen, perhaps the districtís most foremost agricultural auctioneers, will commence the day with the sale of vintage and current agricultural effects, tractors, tools, etc. The gavel will then be handed over to us for the sale of the antique and domestic effects. We estimate there are approximately 500 lots ranging from early oak to 19th century satinwood, large quantities of Georgian mahogany furniture, sporting prints, taxidermy, ceramics and other very collectable pieces. Viewing will be held on Friday 12th June from 10:00 am to 5.00 pm and on the morning of the sale. Details will be published on the company website in the next few days and will be updated as the catalogue is prepared, together with a number of photographs which will give you a general feel of the sale.


House contents sales are rare events in todayís world, this is probably the first in the county for well over a year and an event not to be missed.