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