Sale Report - The Fine Sale & Specialist Collectors - October 2019
Posted On: 08 Oct 2019 by Greg Bateman
A brief report on various local interest items sold in this sale, written by Valuer Sophie Chapman
BATEMANS TOPS THE BILL FOR LOCAL ARTIST WILFRID RENE WOOD
Batemans Auctioneers of Stamford have been known for some time as the go-to saleroom for paintings by local artist Wilfrid Rene Wood, with previous consignments from various corners of the UK as well as abroad. This October in their Fine & Specialist Collectors Sale saw a fantastic collection of art including five watercolour views of Stamford works by the artist come under the hammer. Topping the bill was this stunningly detailed view of St Paul’s Street, looking towards Stamford College Chapel. Estimated at £400-£600, fierce bidding saw it soar well over estimate to sell for £1,320 (including 20% buyer’s premium), an auction house record for one of Wood’s paintings.
The four remaining paintings by Wood sold for a total of £3,168 (including 20% buyer’s premium), each exceeding their estimates by some margin.
The local interest continued with Batemans achieving another record price, this time for a Gladys Rees Teesdale (a contemporary of Wood’s) view of the town bridge in Stamford, which sold for £696 (including 20% buyer’s premium) against the seemingly disregarded estimate of £50-£80.
Completing the local interest lots a large and rare collection of Victorian editions of The Lincoln, Rutland and Stamford Mercury Newspaper sold for £528 (including 20% buyer’s premium) estimated at £100-£150, a result certainly worth ‘reading all about’!