SPRING FLIES IN
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.
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.
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.
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.
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