WEATHER OR NOT
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
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.
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.
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.
effects continue to sell strongly, a selection of local stone
troughs made £2,100 and a large pair of reconstituted Campania
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