May 2016 Sale Report



The largest auction held this year at Wotton-under-Edge, on May 24th/25th, was by many also believed to be one of the most interesting.  A large number attended the view day, then either returning to the sale or electing to bid online.  Almost forty per cent of all lots are now sold this way, with buyers from many European countries, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and Scandinavia all competing against a strong following from all parts of this country.  However, there are still many that believe that nothing really beats actually attending a sale!

Further entries from a Cirencester property in this month’s sale included a collection of watercolours, oils and helmets, all forming part of the history of the 17th Lancers Regiment, with a noble history, including action in the Crimea War.  The regiment took part in a cavalry charge that became known as The Charge of the Light Brigade.  The collection attracted wide interest with a black leather Tschapta helmet selling for £4,000 and a foul weather helmet for a further £1,800.  While a good plated table centre in the form of a mounted 17th Lancers Hussar sold for £1,100.  The collection, including the paintings, totalled £13,070.

A good quality oil painting by J F Herring of a delightful and typical farmyard scene found a new owner at £1,850. 

Amongst the books The Origin, Progress and Termination of the American War, 1794, sold at £1,500 and a rare early cookbook by Patrick Lamb, dated 1710, made £1,100.

Almost every one of 150 lots of jewellery and silver sold, with strong bidding throughout.

The best of the clocks included an Empire period gilt brass clock at £700 and a local longcase clock with a thirty hour movement by Thomas Burton of Cromhall at £640.

A very unusual upholstered chair by the designer William Birch, circa 1880, and retrieved from an attic in Woodchester, sold at £950, and a Howard & Sons sofa realised £2,100.  A military/campaign wine cooler, an unusual object, sold at £800, while a rustic ashwood table estimated at around £100 - £120, realised £700.  The best of the garden effects included a teakwood D end table and eight chairs sold at £650.   Other items included a 19th century rosewood and silver mounted tea caddy at £680 and a set of brass hand bells at £550.  The best of the carpets, an Eastern wool example 3 x 2 metres approximately, made £440, and two vaseline glass oil lamp shades in splendid condition made £460.

The next sale on June 21st & 22nd will be another of the large and wide ranging events for which these rooms are becoming increasingly well recognised.