March 2018 Sale Report



Spring has been a late comer this year, cold, wet March days have done little to encourage the gardening spirit. The salerooms at Wotton-under-Edge are usually full at this time of the year with troughs, staddlestones and garden furniture. Itís true a few pieces did arrive and these sold very well, but the upside is that there is to be a large amount of gardenwares to be included in the next sale on May 1st and 2nd, with two properties alone giving up some 20 good stone troughs.  So, Spring is a little late this year, but it will all balance out eventually. 

The auction did well overall, for instance, amongst the ceramics a collection of Lladro and continental porcelain figures sold for £2,500, while a collection of 19th century Staffordshire wares, figures, animals and characters sold for £2,200.  The market for these reached its peak in the 1990s and has never really recovered, but several new buyers purchased lots, so perhaps a corner is about to be turned on that collecting field.

Amongst the collectable objects within the sale, a good early 20th century Russian silver and enamel cigarette case sold for £2,900 and a Japanese enamel tray decorated with geese in flight, 20cm square, sold for £4,400 to a strong internet buyer.

Almost every lot amongst the clocks, jewellery, carpets, silver and other sections sold.

Amongst the pictures a pair of oval 19th century Chinese embroidered panels in carved frames sold well at £2,100, and a trip of well executed pencil studies of children, un-attributed, sold for £1,300.  Two watercolours by Frederick William Scarborough (1860-1939) of the Thames from both Tower Bridge and Greenwich Reach sold for £3,400.

Despite the cold weather, the garden and outdoor effects sold for around £3,000 including a stone trough at £700.

The best of the furniture saw a pair of aesthetic movement hall chairs by James Shoolbred sell for £1,500.

The following sale will probably prove to be the best of the year so far, with a high volume of the Winter probate instructions arriving at the rooms for sale.  This really will be a sale not to be missed.