October 2019 Sale Report





The local orchards are laden with fruit, now being harvested and much the same can be said of the Auction Rooms here in Wotton-under-Edge, where a full crop of some 1,700 lots found eager gatherers from all parts of the country and abroad, all anxious to harvest the large variety on offer.


At the top of the ceramics section was to be found a good quality 19th century Vienna charger, decorated with Venus, Cupid and Vulcan’s forge, which sold at £1,040.  Virtually every lot in the ceramics section sold, whilst amongst the silver plated wares, a pair of campana urn shaped wine coolers sold for £1,050.


Silver continues to sell strongly and almost all of the eighty or so lots sold.  This section was quickly followed by the jewellery section, where, once more, virtually everything sold including a 9ct gold charm bracelet at £900, a collection of six sovereigns at £1,350, a further cased set of four Queen Elizabeth II sovereigns at £900, a 1940s 9ct gold cigarette case at £1,900.  The jewellery section totalled a sum of £16,925.

The clock section included a collection of some thirty lots from one deceased estate, mainly  comprising standard 19th century dial, Vienna, mantle and longcase models and totalled £3,330.


A large collection of Dinky toys were consigned from Cornwall, the majority in good original condition with boxes, some later painted and without packaging.  All forty seven lots sold, totaling £5,200.  Two Roundhouse SM32 garden railway live steam models and an ‘O’ gauge Princess Elizabeth electric railway engine from the same estate totalled £2,201, while a St George chess set probably by Calvert, sold at £980.


The best of the stamp collections included a worldwide gathering in eleven albums which sold for £1,100. 


An interesting library of 18th and 19th century books including histories of the locality, natural history, etc, saw strong interest from dealers and collectors alike and included a Lysons Account of the Roman Discoveries at Woodchester at £1,300.  The overall collection totalled £13,685.


On the second day the furniture progressed much as predicted, a pair of 18th century open armchairs with painted finish and later upholstery sold at £1,500, and a circular oak dining table together with ten oak and leather chairs sold at £1,000.


The wide variety of pictures sold well, none more so than a 20th century Chinese study of a village by Cheong Soo Pieng and initially understood to be a print.  It arrived at the salerooms from an isolated property not far from the town where it had lain stacked against a wall with numerous English topographical views, mainly local, but prior to the sale interest grew in the lot, particularly from Chinese buyers.  It was sealed in its frame, but with further close examination from many, the emphasis tipped from being a print to an original work.  The bidding opened online at £680 and progressed steadily with two online buyers with telephone bidders waiting patiently in the wings.  By the time the online battle was completed a Singapore buyer held the top bid, the phone lines were beaten and the hammer fell at £10,000.

The November sale will contain a wide and varied selection of effects, particularly from local deceased estates which have been subject to probate during the summer months.


19th Century continental charger
Sold for £1,140

Roundhouse Argyll engine
Sold for £910

Pair of silver plated campana urn wine coolers
Sold for £1,050

Pair of 18th century open armchairs
Sold for £1,500

1940's 9ct engine turned cigarette case
Sold for £1,900

The Grey Village, watercolour
Sold for £10,000