April 2017 Sale Report



Two of the first signs of Spring in Wotton-under-Edge are both the return of the swallows and the lawns around the Auction Rooms filled with garden furniture, staddle stones, troughs and ornaments of all types. Like the swallows returning to their old haunts, gardeners are driven by Spring fever and find themselves buying the selected pieces with enthusiasm, spending almost ten thousand pounds in total at the April two day sale.

Following Executor’s instructions and parked grandly amongst the garden pieces could be seen a 1990 Jaguar XJ6 with a 2.9 litre straight six cylinder engine.  In pale green and with only some fifty eight thousand miles on the clock and accompanied by a full history file, it out performed its pre-sale estimate to sell for £2,400.

Furniture continued to find favour, providing it was decorative, practical and in good condition, age seems today to be of little relevance.  The 20th century section, for instance, included  examples by Ercol and of  Scandinavian design and totalled over six thousand pounds.  An Archibald Knox for Liberty planished copper mirror realised £1,600.

Other furniture included a fine Indian hardwood table in the form of a camel, selling well at £2,600.  A Georgian mahogany square piano by Philippus Schmidt dated 1780 realised £1,500,  while a Georgian mahogany breakfront secretaire bookcase made £1,350.

The first day too produced a crop of unexpected high results, none more so than a Chinese lacquered bowl and cover overlaid in pewter and with mother-of-pearl inset top.  Expected to make a few hundred pounds, it was bought in the room against a strong telephone bidder at £11,500.  A Chinese bronze censor sold at £3,800, followed by a Japanese carved bamboo brush pot at £900.

Virtually every one of the seventy lots of silver sold, totalling a little over £7,000.  The same can also be said of the jewellery section.  Amongst the miscellaneous effects, an outstanding price was taken for a late 18th century handworked bedspread, the central panel decorated with an exotic bird. Bidding commenced at less than one hundred pounds, but quickly climbed to £3,900, an unprecedented price for such a lot in these rooms.

A small bundle of Beatrix Potter books including a first edition of Squirrel Nutkin realised £2,000.  All other departments performed well, resulting in a very high overall selling percentage with about forty five per cent purchased online.

At the time of writing the salerooms are already at capacity for the forthcoming sale here in May and will include a good collection of English gold coins and, at the other end of the scale, the clowning accessories of the Reverend Roly Bain (Holy Roly), the clowning vicar who died last year and whose clowning library and pictures were sold in this present sale for around £2,500.             


Sold for £2,400

Sold for £2,600

Sold for £11,500