The first sale
of the New Year at Wotton Auction Rooms met with a large company
of eager buyers. With fewer sales conducted during the early
part of the month, all focus was directed on the large and very
wide variety of lots on offer, much of which was the result of
early winter probate instructions.
price for the sale was taken for a fine Cotswold Arts & Crafts
settle constructed as part of the work undertaken by the
renowned Cotswolds Arts & Crafts movement designer, Ernest
Gimson at Waterlane House, Bisley. The settle was much admired
for its very high quality of construction, yet simple design and
it was sold together with a photograph showing the piece in situ
at the property circa 1908. It was purchased by a specialist
buyer competing against another at £6,400. A small Arts & Crafts
mirror of circular form, the framework in copper with repeating
bird detail sold at £1,400.
perhaps not the favourite month for selling garden ornaments but
well received here with a massive cast iron garden urn on stand,
in the Victorian style selling at £850. This was followed by six
good quality weathered classical urns at £1,860 and a Regency
wrought iron two seat garden bench at £720.
ceramics a Meissen stein of one litre capacity and with finely
painted panels made £825 with a further Meissen group showing a
pair of lovers making £510.
An amethyst and
diamond dress ring realised £1,100 and a selection of swords
(discovered beneath an old sofa during a property clearance) and
comprising of both English and Arabic swords offered in five
lots totalled £2,650.
A collection of
Britains cast lead farm and garden pieces offered in ten lots
totalled just under £1,000. Best of the paintings were a pair of
early 20th century oils on canvass showing landscape
views but just monogrammed M H which sold at £1,100. Amongst the
maps Wallisís Complete Voyage around the World of 1796 made £520
and Wilkinsonís Atlas of 1809 realised £500. A most interesting
collection of Edwardian postcard albums including many local
views realised around £1,650. Amongst the furniture a Regency
rosewood chiffonier realised £950, a painted Sheraton satinwood
cabinet made £600 and an Arts & Crafts sideboard realised £620.
An enormous bank of drawers made £500.
So a successful
start to the New Year which will be followed by the February
auction on the 17th & 18th to include an
important collection of antique weights and measures to be sold
on behalf of the South Gloucestershire District Council.