Collectibles from Cotswolds Country House

We are surprised and delighted to hear that items from a local house made more than 200 grand at auction. David Dickinson himself would be amazed! Beautiful items, including a watch, reaped the benefits of an expert lotter in the Cotswolds.

The lots included unusual collectibles, 19th century artworks, jewels, Georgian silver and sought-after homeware from family homes.

A beautiful portrait of a young Miss Sybil Waller by Maurice Greiffenhagen tripled its original estimate to achieve the status of highest selling lot at £8,000. Sybil was the daughter of Pickford Waller the English interior designer and collector of Whistler’s works. She also sat for portraits by George Lambert and Charles Shannon.

Other paintings that created a stir included The Chinese Bowl, a still life by William Somerville Shanks RSA, RSW that made £4,800 and A View In The Roman Campagna watercolour attributed to John ‘Warwick’ Smith that achieved £4,000. A Distant Prospect of Alderley House (Rose Hill School) by Thomas Sherwood La Fontaine sold for £2,200. This painting was presented to Mr Gilbert Wheat from the Parents of the Rose Hill School pupils on the occasion of his retirement in 1978.

Some of the quirkier lots in the sale included The Staunton chess men and carton pierre box by Jaques, London that achieved £2,800 and a roll of loo paper featuring satirical cartoons of characters from Nazi Germany with humorous sentiments such as ‘Now I’m Brownshirt All Over’ that made £160, approximately £10 per sheet. A detailed model steam launch by Keith Townsend of Annan Fife achieved £2,000.

In the furniture segment of the sale, an 18th Century Irish mahogany silver games table achieved an impressive £3,000, an 18th Century Welsh primitive chair made £2,200 and a 19th Century marquetry and gilt metal mounted card table sold for £2,000.

Other auction highlights include a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date gentleman’s automatic wristwatch that made a staggering £8,000 and a lady’s 18ct gold bracelet watch by Blancpain that sold for £1,400.




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