May 2017 Sale Report



Another month and once again the Auction Rooms at Wotton-under-Edge are packed to capacity and with increasing interest worldwide attracted to these eclectic sales.  For instance, dominant amongst the ceramic section was a South Korean buyer bidding online, who continually outbid all other buyers to secure good percentage of those lots.  Although no one lot achieved more than £500, the section saw a virtual clear out.

Silver too was hotly contested with almost every lot selling, the fifty lots totalled £4,995.  Jewellery attracted strong interest throughout, and prices were consistently above estimate, this section totalled £17,570.

A collection of fourteen sovereigns, three half sovereigns and two five pound gold coins totalled £5,200.

The best of the watches, an 18 carat gold top wind half hunter pocket watch together with an 18 carat gold chain sold at £2,050.

The highest price of the sale was taken for a bronze after Jean Auguste Barre 1811-96, being a silvered sculpture of a winged ballerina, coming from the estate of Dame Alicia Markova and selling to an eager American on the telephone at £4,200.  This was followed by a bronze bust of a Grecian soldier at £940.

Saved from a bonfire, three antique boomerangs and two tribal oars were sold at £1,700. 

The second day’s sale commenced with the outdoor effects and with the sun beating down, prices too soared; virtually every lot in this department sold totalling £8,081.

Furniture prices remain stable, but with few lots unsold, and included a good quality walnut display cabinet with well carved detail at £1,020 and a substantial 19th century Sheridan revival mahogany bedroom suite at £1,100.  A 19th century four door breakfront bookcase with original painted finish in a mid green and gilt line colourway sold for £3,200.

A collection of 20th century design effects again found favour and the 26 lots totalled £2,930.

The next sale on June 20th & 21st will contain interesting consignments from Bath, Beverston and elsewhere and are already on the saleroom floor awaiting cataloguing.          


Lot 1528 - Sold for £3,200

Lot 461 - Sold for £4,200