ENDING ON A HIGH NOTE
Christmas 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 sale
The highest individual price was taken for a 17 th century oak wainscot chair, surplus to requirements at Old Sodbury
Church. 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 early 19 th 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 realized £940.
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 unexpected £3,200.
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 £1,250. 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
28 th /29 th.