August 2018 Sale Report



August was once seen as a fallow month for auctioneers.  Holidays, harvest, heat, the three Hs, meant no business until September and some auction rooms still abide by that old rule.  However, things continue relentlessly at Wotton-under-Edge.  A full saleroom with eager buyers who, finding less choice available elsewhere, concentrated on the offerings here,  resulted in a very good mid summer sale.


Furniture prices strengthen surprisingly for dining room effects  - a good Regency period serving table set beneath a heavy white marble top realised 1,350, while a good large Georgian mahogany three pillar extending dining table sold for 6,200.  An unusual extending table extending from 1.5 metres when closed to over 3 metres when open, and in the manner of Gillows, sold at 2,300.  Elsewhere a good late 19th century Bergere three piece suite with carved framework made 820 and a Georgian mahogany breakfront secretaire bookcase realised 1,250.  A good pair of Edwardian demi-lune side tables in the Sheraton manner, just 55 cm wide, sold well at 2,400, while a Regency tea table with brass inlay detail made 740.   Amongst the country furniture an unusual 18th century oak table, used by generations of a rural undertaking firm for supporting coffins, both at wakes and funerals, was seen by many as an ideal occasion/coffee table and as such it made 660.  A pair of 18th century Windsor lace back cottage kitchen chairs in elm and yew wood sold at 960.


A small collection of enamelled signs found favour, a vintage pavement advertising sign for Lyons Pola Maid ice cream sold for 380, and six mid 20th century petrol station advertising signs made 380.


Elsewhere, a 19th century German three train bracket clock sold at 920 and just about every lot of silver sold.  So too, once again, the jewellery which included an early Georgian garnet ring at 500 and a three stone diamond ring at 1,450.  A large 20th century bronze study of a seated jockey made 940, while a collection of Canon cameras and a good selection of lenses made 1,780.  A Chinese Sang de Boeuf porcelain vase adapted as a lamp made 560.


Almost the entire collection of Eastern carpets and rugs sold, for a little under 4,000, and a Chinese ceremonial tunic and skirt made 680.


Amongst the paintings a collection of unframed watercolours  by Murray McNeil Caird Urquhart R.B.A. (1880-1972) covering a range of subjects, landscapes, portraits, etc sold well.  Offered in various lots and sold to many individual  buyers, the collection totalled just over 2,000.


The next sale on September 25th/26th has all the ingredients of being the best of the year, with strong entries on behalf of deceased estates, Power of Attorney instructions, private vendors, etc.  We would really urge you not to miss this forthcoming sale.




Lot 407 - 940

Lot 264 - 500

Lot 1059 - 380