ENDING ON A HIGH NOTE
comes and Christmas goes and almost immediately afterwards
follows the auction here in Wotton-under-Edge.
It is a sale
like no other held here during the year. Families can come along
together and many can stay for the sale as work does not hinder
them. Because there are virtually no other sales to be found
anywhere else in the county, the internet drive towards this
particular sale is huge.
Some 1,357 people worldwide were
approved and able to bid online at this sale, a further 20,315
visited the site to view the sale overall and bids were received
from New Zealand, Australia, USA, Russia, China and Malta, as
well as most European countries. This resulted in a very strong
individual price was taken for a 17th
century oak wainscot chair, surplus to requirements at Old
It took some months for the Parish
to acquire the necessary faculty from the Diocese and the
provenance certainly helped.
It eventually sold to a specialist
buyer at £6,000.
The monies raised will go towards
further projects at the Parish church from whence it came.
A good example of an
century brass floor standing telescope by Smith, Beck and Beck,
raised on a mahogany tripod base, sold at £2,800.
Four Charlotte Perriand style
breakfast/bar stools made £960, while a Fritz Hansen PK22 chair
made £1,450, and a 1970s Staples ladderax modular shelving unit
A substantial farmhouse pine dresser, some
2.5 metres in length, made £1,000, while a stripped pine
housekeeper’s cupboard enclosed by three doors and with multiple
drawers made £1,400.
Amongst the other sections almost
every lot of silver sold, including a 1920s five-piece tea set
which made £920.
Jewellery too had a strong
following, with a diamond and emerald ring at £980.
Vintage watches continue to climb
in value, an Omega Flightmaster in stainless steel with original
documentation realized £2,300.
An interesting box of broken
watches including a Lemania military chronograph made an
Amongst the miscellaneous effects, a full
human skeleton realized £940, whilst £1,900 was paid for a
Georgian blunderbuss pistol.
Three Chinese carved stone panels
made £2,100, while a group of medals awarded to Sgt Gardner,
mainly World War II and of Malaysian interest and accompanied by
photographs etc, sold at £1,000.
A collection of Snaffles hunting
prints sold in three lots and totalled £900, while a watercolour
sketch by Archibald Thorburn – a study of a Guillemot, realised
Two watercolours by Edwin Hawthorne
– views of Blackheath and a canal totalled £1,500.
A collection of modern School type
prints by John Piper, Mary Fedden, Julian Trevelyan, Beryl Cook
and Ben Nicholson, all unframed, sold for a total of £6,100.
The best of them, by Ben Nicholson
and titled Abstract 1936, realised £3,000 alone.
Three works by the sculptor Ian
Homer Walters comprising a plasterwork maquette and a full-sized
model of the memorial to the International Brigade (Spanish
Civil War) sited on the South Bank London in the Jubilee
Gardens, together with a further bronzed sculpture of a female
character, totalled £2,020.
Four lots of modern-day English
proof coinage made £1,250.
As we turn the
calendar to 2019, a full schedule of auctions is planned, with
the next to be held here on January 28th/29th.