FROM ANCIENT TO MODERN

From ancient to modern, this sale at Wotton-under-Edge had it all, attracting a strong interest both in the room and online.


An unusual aspect of this auction was the inclusion of sixty or so lots of high quality modern furnishings in excellent condition, forwarded to auction as a result of a sale of a substantial local property, used primarily as a second home. Rarely do expensive modern effects appear at auction and the excellent quality and a no reserves policy resulted in something of a feeding frenzy.


With brand names such as Wesley Barrell, Fired Earth, Skandium, Feather & Black, Miele, Liebherr, Laura Ashley, etc, virtually no lots remained unsold and prices were consistently above estimate.


Elsewhere in the sale, a large stamp collection, sold on behalf of Executors, divided into some fifteen or so lots and covering mainly European stamps and in particular Switzerland, sold well, totalling some £2,300.


A large early 19th century oil painting on canvas, a portrait of John Toler, the First Earl of Norbury, in the robes of the Chief Justice and painted circa 1800, sold at £1,100. A smaller oil painting of a young boy named William Warry and dating around 1820, sold for £600. Further paintings did well including a collection of seven oil paintings on board of mountainous landscapes, in fairly poor order which also realised £600. A 19th century oil of a busy market scene in North Africa by H Carnier, also made £650.


Amongst the miscellaneous effects, Edwardian silver plated electric wall/desk lights in the manner of W A S Benson, sold at £550, while the best results amongst the thirty or so Persian rugs was £750 taken for a small example with floral detail.


Virtually all the silver sold, including a Victorian circular tray with bright cut detail at £660, a four piece tea set at £500, further examples at £340, £320, etc. Amongst the jewellery an Art Deco 14k gold sapphire and diamond arrow brooch sold at £1,000.


Overall the sale totalled well, and at the time of writing the saleroom has both emptied and been re-filled for the forthcoming sale on April 25th& 26th. As we turn to the springtime, a large quantity of garden effects will be found at this next sale including collection of high quality garden furniture in teak, produced by Barlow Tyrie, as well as stone ornaments, pots, etc.


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