February 2016 Sale Report




The auctions at Wotton-under-Edge are becoming increasingly well known for their eclectic mix of objects, with the salerooms set out rather like a department store and with a place for almost anything under one roof and one catalogue.  With the entire sale now online, the world seems to be taking a good deal of interest, enjoying the mix that these sales throw onto the market each month and paying very good prices too.  A little over ninety per cent of the 1400 plus lots sold to local, national and international buyers. 

Paintings, always a speculative part of the sale secured some good results.  A large marine oil showing vessels off a coastline, unsigned, secured a bid of £4,000, while a pair of 19th century paintings by Samuel John Carter showing pretty girls, horses and dogs (always a winning combination) sold for £3,600, despite repair being necessary.  Other paintings included a London moonlit scene at £850 and a 19th century painting of a prize bull at £550, while an oil by D’Oyly  John showing a view near Monte Carlo sold for £950.

Jewellery and silver sold out almost completely, the rise in bullion prices once more pushing prices higher.  However  it was a very pretty Regency mourning clasp decorated with diamonds mounted in the form of a weeping willow tree saw the best price in this section at £1,100. 

Amongst the clocks a Jaeger Le Coultre Atmos clock sold at £950. 

Furniture prices seemed to be edging higher once more.  A good example of a Cotswold School chair with ladderback, beautifully constructed and finished, found a strong buyer at £1,400.  Four Windsor comb back elbow chairs made £750, and a Victorian carved oak inverted bookcase realised £820.

Amongst the other areas of the sale, the carpet section often produces unexpected results, here a large wool work example measuring 4.7 metres x 3.5 metres sold at £5,000.

The forthcoming sale on March 22nd & 23rd is coming together well, with clearances including almost the entire contents of a substantial property in a village close to the River Severn, furniture from a farmhouse occupied by the same family for numerous generations, as well as other executor instructions.  The next sale will certainly suit those with a flare for restoration.


Lot 232 - Sold for £1,100


Lot 789 - Sold for £850