THE SPRING CYCLE
saleroom once again at full capacity, Wotton Auction Rooms
created wide interest for the April sale. On this occasion it
was a bicycle that attracted the most curiosity; no ordinary
machine however but an early 20th century example by
Mikael Pedersen. The frame dated from 1905 and was made locally
in Dursley. Expensive in its day, the design even now is
outstanding with one of the main features being the hammock
style seat, woven and slung between the main frame which helped
provide better suspension on bumpy road surface’s as helpful
now, to the rider on today’s road, as it was when first
produced. Following keen pre-sale interest with an estimate of
around £1,500 it found a new British owner at £2,100.
substantial pair of 19th century Cantonese vases and
covers, 60 cm high, and in very good order realised £1,000, and
a punch bowl from the same area, £660.
section continues to grow with virtually every lot selling,
including a three stone diamond ring at £1,600 and a solitaire
example £1,400. The watch and jewellery section again saw almost
every lot sold.
A collection of
carriage clocks including examples by Jacot and Drocourt, etc
found a strong following, the ten lots sold for a total of
miscellaneous effects a 19th century brass hall
lantern of hexagonal form made £520. The best of the paintings,
an oil painted by Millicent Gray showing a young girl in party
dress sold for £950. A pair of oils by George Wright showing
typical coaching scenes sold at £500.
furniture a small collection of Dutch floral marquetry sold in
three lots for £1,120 and a collection of very simple 19th
century chapel benches sold for £730. A good example of a
Georgian oak gateleg table realised £680 and a large
housekeepers cupboard, again in oak, realised £600.
The May sale is
now forming with the usual wide variety of effects including a
remarkable 19th century boulle work breakfront
credenza and the most interesting library of local and other
books being offered on behalf of a local estate.