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
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.
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
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.