AND THE SNOW
The biting cold wind had been blowing
across the Cotswolds for several days leading up to this sale at
Wotton-under-Edge, and while the view day was extremely busy
with the viewing public, many elected whilst the sale was on to
bid via the online platforms from the comfort of their homes –
an ideal solution to what has always been a problem for rural
salerooms during the winter months.
The furniture buyers, however, seem
to be a more hardy type, turning out in good numbers to contest
The snow fell heavily the following
This 1,400 lot sale contained all the variety and mix that these
rooms have become so well known for, together with the usual
diversity of prices, and inevitable surprises.
Perhaps the most extraordinary price was
taken for four very large old moulded pine picture or mirror
frames, the largest two meters by one point eight meters.
All had been living happily under a
tarpaulin sheet in a garden for some years with traces of
original paint but seemingly little else to commend them and
estimated at around £100, they sold for £3,100.
A good example of 19th century
Dutch marquetry in the form of a large bombe shaped display
cabinet sold at £2,100 and an Anglo-Portuguese hardwood coffer
overlaid in brass made £1,150, while a pair of 20th
century designer Eames lounge chairs by Charles and Ray Eames
for Herman Miller and in very good condition sold for £4,000.
A good horology section saw a Georgian,
double fusee bracket clock by Thomas Jackson sell at £2,000,
while the best of the carriage clocks, a grand sonnerie repeater
sold at £1,350, while an early music box sold at £1,050.
Persian and Eastern carpets and rugs
saw an almost total clear out with a 1920’s English wool example
Remaining notable prices included £2,000
paid for a very distressed oil on canvas by Andrew Melrose
(1836-1901) being a landscape view of Rockland County New York
and painted around 1880.
The vendors brought it to the
saleroom, finding it in a shed while clearing a small orchard.
Thirteen works sprayed onto
cardboard, each inscribed Not by Banksy,
authenticity certificates from the Bunker Gallery sold in two
lots and totalled £3,900.
A penny in the slot Polyphon, made £750, a
pretty walnut ‘D’ end credenza £820, a Portuguese painted
bedstead £520, a handsome Victorian rosewood and inlaid bookcase
£820, polished marble fire surround £500, a collection of
Georgian silver table spoons £1,500, a collection of 19th
century decanters £880 and a collection of warranty cards and
literature connected to a Ferrari Dino & F365 sold remarkably
well at £1,750 – estimated at less than £100.
The next sale to be held on 27/28th
March and is already attracting strong interest and will start
to include early spring garden effects including stone troughs.