August 2014 Sale Report





August is traditionally a quieter month for the auction business, with both buyers and sellers on holiday.  However, the large two day sale at Wotton-under-Edge last week really bucked that trend.

Firstly, the rooms were packed to capacity with some 1400 lots on offer.  Secondly, a large company viewed and returned for the sale, particularly the furniture section which saw the largest attendance of active buyers for some considerable time and with an almost total selling rate in that section.

The sale began well enough with strong prices throughout the ceramics section which peaked when lot number 91, a Sevres bowl raised on a gilt brass frame, was offered.  Little apparent interest had been shown in the piece prior to the sale and the ceramic bowl was cracked and completely detached from its base, it carried an estimate of £150-£200 due mainly to the condition and the bidding commenced in that order, however in less than a minute and via the internet the bidding rose to £3,000 before a further battle ensued between a telephone bidder and an internet follower, which saw the final hammer price of £5,000 achieved.


The jewellery department is expanding and a good selection was led by an oriental 22ct gold hinged bangle with rooster and dragon design which sold at £1,050.  A solitaire diamond ring 1.25 cts sold at £850 and a Victorian gold and enamel mourning locket at £900, while a gentlemanís stainless steel and 18 ct gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual date adjust wristwatch sold for £1,400.


Other first day prices included £1,400 for a pair of Regency two branch table centres in gilt brass and bronze, £500 for a selection of continental blue and white china, £520 for a collection of Asprey sunflower pattern jewellery and earrings, while an interesting collection of documents relating to the life of Captain Henry Mansell, of the 37th Regiment of Foot in India in the 1820ís realised £420 and a rare Devon Militia Regiment helmet made £600.


As previously mentioned, a larger than expected company gathered for the second dayís sale which continued with the outdoor garden effects,  which has become an increasingly more important part of these sales.  Benches, tables, ornaments and other effects all found new homes and totalled around £4,670.


Amongst the furniture an 18th century continental walnut cabinet made £700, a French Empire period pier cabinet £820, 17th century oak wainscot chair £660 and a Georgian walnut chest on stand £660.


The next sale on September 16th/17th will again include entries from throughout the district accompanied by a large jewellery section.  At the time of writing the salerooms are filling quickly and will almost certainly be at capacity when catalogued.



Lot 316 - Sold for £1,050


Lot 653 - Sold for £1,400


Lot 91 - Sold for £5,000