April 2015 Sale Report





With the 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.


Elsewhere, a 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.


The jewellery 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 £3,495.


Amongst the 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.


Amongst the 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.


Lot No. 1071 - £2,100