SPRING? WELL ALMOST
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
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.
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