CATCHING THE WAVE
A good auction can be akin to a surfer
catching a good powerful wave.
Itís about timing, skill and a good
deal of luck, riding it out as far as possible and we, here at
Wotton-under-Edge, created just such a moment with this sale.
It was one
of the largest we have conducted, with just over 1,800 lots
being offered during the two daysí sale, but it was continuing
quality and variety that made it one of our best.
A large percentage was made up from deceased estates.
One set of instructions received from those with Power of
Attorney dealing with a property near Stroud, provided about
five hundred lots, with more to follow in forthcoming sales.
Many items from this particular property had not seen
daylight since the 1950s with much of it still wrapped in
newspaper of that period, a situation that buyers just love.
ceramics can throw up surprises and here an 18th
century dish with simple geometric decoration, estimated at £80
to £100, sold at £5,100, while two earthenware Arbarello drug
jars realized a total of £4,900.
horology, a 17th century lantern clock with much work
to be undertaken before restoration, sold at £2,000, while a
good repeating carriage clock by Henri Jacot made £1,200.
collection of coinage found a very ready market.
Interesting individual coins such as a Commonwealth
period half-crown dated 1651 realised £460 and combined with
various James I, Queen Anne, Henry VI, Georgian and Victorian
coinage, as well as gold and half sovereigns, and a collection
of modern-day coins in presentation packs to gross £13,175. A
Royal Australian mint set of gold coins, 100 grams in total sold
collection of Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco jewellery,
principally from one property untouched since the 1950s and
found in a tin box at the back of a wardrobe, did remarkably
well, selling for a total of £42,600.
This included a good platinum ring at £1,050, a diamond
and solitaire ring at £1,150, a diamond and sapphire ring at
£1,350, and a three stone diamond ring at £2,300.
A topaz and diamond drop necklace realized £1,400, a
diamond bangle £1,250, a diamond and pearl bangle £1,550, a
group of pique work tortoiseshell jewellery sold for £1,600, and
an Egyptian revival pearl fringe collar necklace made £2,600.
Finally, an 18ct Albert watch chain made £1,200 and a
diamond star burst brooch £1,600.
followed by a good selection of some 150 lots of silver which
included a Guild of Handicrafts dish and pedestal bowl by
Charles Robert Ashbee at £3,000, this section totaled over
miscellaneous effects a Chinese bronze sensor made £2,000, while
another with carved timber top and base realized £1,550.
An 18th century flintlock blunderbuss sold for
£1,200 and a Nuremburg iron work casket realized £4,600.
dayís auction included a really good collection of Heals fumed
oak bedroom furniture.
This was sold in seven lots including cabinets, chairs
and small bookcases and the collection went to several buyers at
a total of £3,850.
A good large 19th century dolls house from Delamere
Rectory realized £1,350, a large Dutch colonial brass banded
coffer sold at £1,250.
A 19th century brass banded mirror made £1,000
and a fine quality modern super king bed £1,650.
A 17th century oak panel, probably part of a
four poster, made £950.
pictures, books and stamps sections were included in the second
dayís auction, due to pressure of space on the first day.
Pictures did well, an 18th century portrait of a man
in wig and red cloak made £1,000, a watercolour by Thomas Marie
Hemy 1852-1937, showing the Pool of London, made £1,250.
An Anglo Netherlandish
school portrait of a man in black with ruff collar made £5,500.
Two watercolours by Hercules Brabazon Brabazon of
Venetian lagoon scenes after Turner sold at £1,300.
The best of
the stamp albums containing examples from Victoria to George VI
made £940, and an album of eight early 20th century
Beatrix Potter greetings cards made a further £980.
interesting statistics about the sale:
number of lots on offer was 1,818
number of lots sold was 1,579
number of registered bidders online 1,339
percentage sold online 47.2% and there were over 40 countries
total was in excess of £250,000
following sale in October will include a large collection of
Wemyss ware, which can be viewed online now, together with a
further good and interesting collection of mid-20th
century and earlier textiles.
We are at present working on a large collection of tin
plate and lead toys, which if time allows, will be included in
the October sale - failing that they will be seen in November.
The next few sales are likely to contain a further huge
variety of items on offer, for which these salerooms are well