April 2016 Sale Report



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.


Lot 1559 - Sold for 5,800

Lot 757 - Sold for 5,900

Lot 999 - Sold for 2,800