September 2017 Sale Report


International Antiques Road Trip

Lights, Camera, Action… the packed Tuesday saleroom was lucky enough to be joined by BBC's Antique Road Trip team. The shows experts, Charlie Ross and James Braxton, were both on their best behavior and left rubbing their hands having both made a tidy profit. Auctioneers Philip Taubenheim and John Rolfe possibly didn't have enough time in Make-up but luckily it didn't put off some keen bidders from around the globe.

The lot that caused the biggest stir was a French 19th century industrial mantle clock. Fresh to market and very much in 'barn find' condition, it had attracted a huge amount of pre-sale interest. A modest estimate of £600-1000 was eclipsed when the bidding opened at £2000. Five phone bidders then battled it out, with the gavel falling at £5400 to a buyer in Holland.

The international interest didn't end there - amongst the jewellery we had a collection from a good local estate, including a gold pendant fitted with a large natural emerald, which sold for £4400 to a telephone buyer in New York. Of the silver, a set of 12 souvenir spoons in original case sold for £840 to a buyer in Russia.

Further international interest was seen in the 20th Century Design section which is going from strength to strength.  The outstanding result in this section was an Alvar Aalto dining table and chairs, getting away at £1450 to a buyer in Sweden. We also had an eight-bell bracket clock in need of restoration, receive strong interest in the room, online and on the telephone it eventually sold for £1850 to a buyer in Israel.

With the number of bidders registering to buy online growing sale on sale, we do appear to have the eyes of the world on Wotton on sale day.

The best of the rest could be found in our picture department with a David Foggie portrait selling for £2500, an 18th century study attributed to Lorenzo Tiepolo selling for £3100 and an early English school portrait after Sir Peter Lely of King James II selling for £3800.

Our next sale 17/18th October, sees another 1500 lots put under the hammer, having cleared several good local estates and likely to be sold to buyers from Dursley to Dubai.


Lot 329 - £4,400

Lot 373 - Sold for £5,400

Lot 745 - Sold for £3,800