Following another large, varied and very
successful auction at Wotton-under-Edge, some 3,500 lots have
now gone under the hammer in the past two sales.
Getting the sale off
to a flying start was a large private collection of Wemyss ware,
first produced in 1882, in Fife, Scotland by pottery owner
Robert Heron and decorated by Karel Nekola, a Czech painter.
The Wemyss family, the owners of
Wemyss castle became important patrons and the pottery thrived.
Never cheap, it was retailed by
Thomas Goode in London. The pottery was soft and prone to damage
and has a very strong following today especially when in good
It is rare for such a large and
important collection to come onto the market and it was a
privilege to have been favoured with instructions to handle it.
The most common Wemyss pattern is the cabbage rose, a billowing
pink rose nestling in wide green leaves. Several examples could
be found here, but titles such as Iris, apple, black cockerel
and hen, greengage, foxglove, thistle, geese, cow, rabbits,
sweet pea, etc give you an idea of the range of patterns,
painted on mugs, plates, vases, jugs, preserve pots and trays.
With eager collectors in the room, telephone bids and
international interest, each and every one of the hundred and
twenty two lots found buyers and, taking almost two hours to
sell, the collection totalled £24,000.
The next special
section cannot have been more different and again caused huge
interest. During the course of a clearance we began to find and
group together a quantity of vintage denim clothing, Leviís, Lee
etc, not so interesting, you might have thought.
However, the collection dated from
around 1955 to the 1970s and had never been worn, carrying
original labels and often in the retail bags in which they were
Prices were nothing if not
remarkable, for instance a Levi type II 507 jacket from the
1955/1962 period sold at £500.
While two pairs of Levi 501 jeans
1955/1962 period made £780 and two pairs of Levi 501 jeans made
a further £600.
It is unlikely that such a
collection will appear on the open market again, the sixteen
lots of denim sold for a total of £5,230.
individual price of the sale was taken for an oil painting found
in the attic of a property near Stroud, it was a curious work
simply the study of the back of a womanís head, not signed but
attributed to the circle of Frederick, Lord Leighton
Whilst many liked the painting it
was indeed a difficult one to value. Two bidders in particular
decided it was probably by his hand, albeit a minor work, and it
soared to a selling price of £7,500.
Other prices achieved
included a matched pair of Georgian silver candelabra £1,550, a
collection of Georgian and later silver Kings pattern flatware
£1,450. A Victorian seven piece tea set by Robert Hennell dated
1876 made £1,600.
The silver section saw just about
every lot sold, so too the jewellery which included a French
diamond marcasite ring at £1,000.
A collection of 19th
century ivory carvings totalled £7,500, eight small Victorian
leaded light panels probably removed from a Victorian porch made
£1,450 and a good 18th
century oak dresser and plate rack £1,300.
Returning to the
textiles section, a small quantity of World War 1 officersí
apparel, all Rifle Brigade and in remarkably good condition sold
Three uniform jackets sold for
£1,650, while three capes made by Burberry also sold for £1,650.
These, together with leather boots,
shirts etc, totalled a little over £3,500.
The entire textile collection of
eighty or so lots sold for a little over £15,000.
The next sale will be held on November 20/21st
and will include a large toy selection of probably around three
hundred lots, including the Fosbrook collection of continental
railway effects and a remarkable collection of Britainís lead
soldiers, World War II vehicles, tin plate and other toys, which
have been packed and crated since 1954, never having seen the
light of day.
They are generally in remarkable
condition and in most cases enclosed within their original
This will be followed by a
collection of bisque dolls.
The picture section is forming well, and we have already
consigned a collection of 20th century and post war
art, to include Beryl Cook, Kefyn Williams, John Bratby, so too
the jewellery and we have just been consigned an interesting
collection of early framed English County maps, so this is
likely to be another very busy and interesting auction.