May 2018 Sale Report



Another very large sale here at Wotton Under Edge saw, for the second time in a month, around 1800 lots go under the hammer. With national and international interest centered on this most rural of salerooms, a successful auction was concluded for the usual wide diversity of lots.

The ever-expanding garden section saw a strong following for just about every lot. Tables, chairs, benches, weathered ornaments, gates and trellising all found eager buyers and certainly with timber furniture or ornaments, the more moss and lichen encrusted the item, the stronger the demand.

A good collection of Coalbrookdale style furniture in painted aluminum, comprising a large D end table, a smaller example, seven chairs and a small bench were all bought by the same Scottish buyer for a total of £2,150. The garden section as a whole totalled over £11,000, reflecting the strong seasonal demand.

Silver attracted keen interest and with so many good objects having been melted for their bullion value in past years, the value of good quality remaining pieces is growing in value. Every one of the 80 lots sold, totaling just over £8,000 and there is a large entry already consigned for the June sale.

The jewellery section continues to gather momentum with a suite of platinum rings selling at £1,550, an 18ct gold necklace set with a three-diamond pendant for £1,350 and almost every other lot sold for an amount totaling over £17,000.

Amongst the furniture, an inverted breakfront dressing table in the manner of Gillows made £1,100, a good Victorian marquetry breakfront bookcase £2,100, a set of four Hans J Wagner for Carl Hansen & Son Wishbone CH24 chairs in white sold for £960.

A small collection of six model engines including a 5” gauge Hunslet Steam Locomotive, a Stuart Beam Engine and a Coombes Table Engine sold for £2,530. A very good example of a Victorian sailor’s valentine, hexagonal in form, complete and in bright condition sold for £3,400.

A few other notable prices for lesser objects included an 18th century pen knife – probably Scandinavian, at £760, a Dutch ivory box with silver overlay, £1,100, another example this time Indian for £720, while a Victorian rosewood travel box with silver mounted fittings sold for £640, a French bronze jardinière in a Japanese style by Alphonse Giroux for £1,250, a Calcutta silver and woven basket, £840, three fine quality model cannons, £900.

The following sale, at the end of June, is already heavily subscribed, including many local deceased estate and is once again expected to be a very large event.


 Sailors Valentine

Hunslet steam locomotive

Calcutta silver and woven
basket £840

 French bronze
jardinière - £1,250

Scandinavian Pocket Knife

Hans J Wegner 'Wishbone' Chairs £960

Coalbrookdale garden
chairs - £800