Where in this country could you buy at the
same auction, a 17th century nutmeg grater, a spar from
a World War One Zeppelin, a vintage Matchless 500 cc motorcycle, a
fine 18th century portrait and a leather side saddle?
The answer, of course, would be very few but at the Wotton Auction
Rooms sale in April you could do just that. These large sales
with an increasingly keen following, both in this country and
further afield via the online bidding platform, allows access to
these lots wherever you find yourself living.
This was a consistently strong auction,
the best of the furniture being a 19th century Dutch
walnut display cabinet consigned from a property in Somerset. In
good condition and very handsome it was ideal for those with a
collection of porcelain. It was heavily contested, particularly
by the Dutch themselves, one of whom paid £5,800 and it returns
now to its country of origin.
Amongst the paintings was a small oil
attributed to Sir Kyffin Williams, a study of a gamekeeper (or if
you prefer a poacher), painted in thick impasto and measuring only
18 cm x 14 cm. It sold above expectations at £5,900. An 18th
century oil on canvas portrait of a gentleman by Hugh Barron sold
at £3,000, with other portraits at £3,000, £1,500, £950 etc. A
very good watercolour by Albert Goodwin showing in the distance
Gloucester Cathedral and signed and dated 1904 sold at £1,600.
Two vintage motorcycles sold on behalf of
a local deceased estate were offered. A BSA Bantam 175 cc sold at
£850, while a 1955 Matchless 500 cc sold for £2,800.
An interesting group of miniatures, mainly
early 19th century in date depicting men, women and
children of the age, sold in five lots, totalled £2,100.
A selection of other lots, not necessarily
of high value but for one reason or another interesting in some
form, included a small selection of Georgian fob seals at £980, a
William & Mary nutmeg grater £680, a 19th century
bronze model of a rat £460, a collection of Victorian scientific
and medical slides £650, a Martini Henry 1887 sword bayonet with
scabbard £550, a leather side saddle by Champion & Wilton £480, a
substantial pine dresser £800 and a large Victorian mahogany
dining table £850.
The next auction on May 24/25th
will include a large library of books covering a variety of
subjects, early travel, atlases, etc, together with a collection
of 17th/21st Lancers memorabilia including
watercolours, helmets, etc, and, as you well know by now, a huge
variety of everything else.