AUGUST HOLIDAY MOOD PREVAILS
Until the recent past, most auctions ceased during the high summer period, with many sellers fearing that buyers would be either in holiday mood or away, so attendances would be small and prices poor. It never was quite as bad as that, but that was the general consensus. In the last few years however, with the prevalence of the internet, you can now access the sale online, view the illustrations, description and estimated price of each of the lots on offer and take part if you wish, while on holiday, either at home or abroad. This is exactly what happened at the August sale and, with more time for buyers to watch the sale online, the holiday mood often helped achieve some quite surprising prices.
The highest price of the sale was achieved for a shed find, a somewhat rusting heavy steel armour breast and back plate, complete with musket shot dents. Probably German and sold alongside a 17th century sword, thought to be Spanish, and again poor order, but importantly complete, the lot raced from a low start at around £100, to sell to a telephone bidder eventually at £3,500.
Amongst the ceramics a very mixed lot of decorative tea and coffeewares, mainly mid 20th century and estimated at a lowly £40 to £60, quite unexpectedly soared to £1,350.
The silver section saw just about every lot sell and the present high bullion prices pushed jewellery to new levels with an almost total clearance. A George II gold guinea, dated 1760, in very fine condition, sold for £960.
A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King precision stainless steel gents wrist watch, circa 1991, with full paperwork, consigned from a vendor in one part of the town, sold to a buyer living in another part of the town at £2,100.
A copy of Sir Robert Aktyns’ Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire, 1768 second edition, sold at £1,000.
The furniture section included a good quality 19th century centre table in figured walnut enclosing two drawers on a shaped framework, which sold at £820. A Dutch marquetry chest of drawers made £740, a late 19th century Adam style serving table made £640, a small 18th century oak chest of drawers with block moulded decoration made £720 and a 19th century Flemish box settle £880.
The September sale will include a number of the summer probate instructions and, at the time of writing, the saleroom is already virtually full for this forthcoming sale.