AND THE SNOW FELL
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 lots. The snow fell heavily the following day.
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 making £1,450.
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, with 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.
So, instead of the usual slow start to the year we had our best January sale total to date. Knowingly lined up for our February sale good Clocks, Jewellery, Rugs, Furniture & 20th Century Design.