August 2017 Sale Report

 

AUGUST IS NOT WHAT IT WAS !

In Philip Taubenheimís early days he was taught at all costs to avoid putting on an auction in August - the summers back then seemed both hotter and longer.  Holidays were traditionally taken at this time and the internet had not been dreamt of, so it seemed only logical to avoid that period.  Some auction rooms still abide by these rules, however here at Wotton-under-Edge we have, in recent years anyway, carried on regardless.  The internet, of course, has been a game changer - you can still be on holiday almost anywhere in the world and still take part online, or be in the locality and attend.  At the August 22nd/23rd auction both happened.  A large crowd attended and almost a record number of buyers registered online, resulting in the best August sale to date.

It would be true to say that no record prices were set but the volume of lots sold approached ninety per cent and consistently at prices higher than estimated.

A large late 19th century bronze figure after Augustus Moreau of a young girl holding a bouquet of wild flowers, 1.6 metres in height, sold for £2,100, while a good quality pair of reproduction Georgian style wing chairs sold at £1,000.  A William IV mahogany four poster bed, complete with all the drapes, sold at £900.

Mid 20th century furniture continues to find a strong market with a pair of Poul Jensen Z Danish teak lounge chairs selling well at £1,650.

Amongst the ceramics a rare Wemyss heart shaped dish decorated with roses  made £1,650 and the best of the watches, a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Superlative chronograph in stainless steel sold at £1,550.  Amongst the jewellery a set of gold bangles sold at £1,100.

Our forthcoming sale on September 19/20th is already attracting strong entries and will accompany several interesting probate instructions from properties throughout Gloucestershire.

 

Lot 77   - £1,650

Lot 1494 - £1,650