June 2017 Sale Report



Before the dawn of the internet bidding, extreme weather conditions would affect the outcome of an auction dramatically Freezing cold conditions coupled with snow and ice brought obvious hazards, while extreme heat often meant that few people could be bothered to attend the sale, simply staying at home. The sale at Wotton Under Edge was conducted through two of the hottest days seen in June in this country for many years.

Today of course, staying at home is a perfectly good option as you are still able to participate, so whilst the temperatures soared many buyers did stay away, but bid online from their gardens, beside swimming pools, or even whilst on the beach, which resulted in a good solid sale.

Treasures were to be found for those prepared to seek them out, none more so than a Victorian Mother-of-Pearl jewellery box accompanied by an intriguing Mother-of-Pearl dish. Only 8 inches or so in diameter, the dish comprised of a number of shaped pieces, each pinned to the next in a geometric fashion. The estimate was modest, less than £100 and bidding commenced at around that figure, a few minutes later however it was knocked down at £6,000.

Studio pottery work by Lucie Rie is always in demand, here a kettle, sugar bowl, milk jug and four cups and saucers with some damage greatly exceeded expectations at £4,200.  Other ceramics to do well included an 18th century candle niche, again damaged but making £1,750 and a pair of 19th century plaster ware busts in the classical manner at £1850, while a Hispano Moresque lustred charger made £1,200.

Amongst the jewellery an art deco platinum, diamond, sapphire and pearl pin brooch sold at £980 and a George II memorial ring at £840.  A platinum and three stone diamond ring made £1,500.

The best of the carpets was a large country house carpet, some 16ft by 10ft, selling at £1,900 and a good cast bronze figural group of a lioness and cub signed Barye made £1,100.

The garden effects continue to sell strongly, a selection of local stone troughs made £2,100 and a large pair of reconstituted Campania urns £1,100.

A collection of high quality reproduction furniture by Titchmarsh & Goodwin namely a 6ft four poster bed, a triple wardrobe, a chest on chest and a five door wardrobe, mainly in burr walnut, made a total of £2,640.  Other furniture pieces included a stripped pine housekeeper’s cupboard at £780 and a William IV sofa at £720.

The July sale will include a good selection of furniture from an old rectory near Cirencester, further effects from the Abbey house in Malmesbury and from a number of deceased estates.          


Lucie Rie Tea Set - Sold for £4,200

Mother of Pearl Dish - Sold for £6,000