Auction Preview: 16th March

A pair of George III cannon will feature in Michael Bowman’s 2pm auction next Saturday 16th March at Chudleigh Town Hall. Coming without carriages, they measure just under 3 feet in length and are made to the design introduced by Thomas Blomefield which incorporates a ring at their bases designed for a rope to loop through in order to control recoil. These examples have previously been kept in an old Teignmouth collection, but in their youth may equally have seen action either at sea or in a fortification. Bids of £1,000-1,500 are anticipated. From the same collection, a selection of WWI and other early hand grenades will be offered with various estimates.


Stamp collectors will be catered for in the March auction by 20 lots which will include many Penny Reds and also Victorian covers sent from India to the Foreign Office.

An oil portrait by Robert Lenkiewicz, measuring 20” x 24” comes from his Vagrancy project and was always thought by its vendor to depict ‘Diogenes’. The identity of the sitter may be open to debate, however,
others having wondered whether ‘Old Cyril’ might be the subject. In any case, the estimate is £2,000-3,000. Of much easier appeal is the oil on panel by the scarcely listed artist G. Hall Neale, entitled ‘A Summer
Day’. A young lady sits beneath a parasol in a field of flowers, accompanied by her spaniel. Bids of £400-600 are invited. A small portrait in oils on panel of an Elizabethan lady may hold much potential and is also conservatively estimated at £400-600.

The extensive jewellery section will be led by the 6.5 carat sapphire platinum ring which holds hopes of £2,000-3,000. The sale is on view Friday evening
4:30-8:30pm and from 10:30am on Sale Day. For catalogues and enquiries contact Michael Bowman on 01626 324071 michaeljbowman@btconnect.com


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