January 2015 Sale Report





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.


The highest 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.


January is 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.


Amongst the 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.


Lot No. 1022 - £850


Lot No. 1456 - £6,400


Lot No. 217 - £1,100