Michael Bowman’s March 16th auction at Chudleigh Town Hall proved to be very successful and produced one of those astounding results that are encountered only once in every few years! A late Victorian pottery loving cup decorated with a scene showing Bovey Tracey cricket ground was entered for sale by a local dealer with a modest estimate of £100-150. Internet listings attracted two major UK specialists in cricket memorabilia who chose to do battle over the telephone taking the bidding from a starting point of £100 all the way up to a staggering £7,200! The buyer admitted afterwards that he had originally intended to go as far as £2,000 and now prefers not to reveal to his wife the final ‘damage’!
Art deco platinum ring with certified light yellow sapphire
The cup was not the only talking point of the sale. A Chinese internet bidder bought the unsigned Chinese watercolour study of a room interior for a multi-estimate £1,250. Another unsigned painting sold over the internet, was the small antique panel portrait of an Elizabethan lady, which made £1,700, courtesy of an Italian bidder. A local buyer prevailed when it came to the striking study in oils entitled ‘Summer Day’ by the little-known artist G. Hall Neale. This attracted many admirers with its speculative £400-600 estimate and soared to a final price of £2,600.
Swiss enamelled 18ct gold pendant
Several lots of postage stamps were offered, but by far the highest price came when 15 Victorian stamped envelopes were offered. These had been sent from India to the Foreign Office in London. Several internet enquiries from India were made, but the eventual buyer was a local bidder in the room at a multi-estimate £2,300.
Local interest was again catered for by the stoneware wine bottle marked ‘Newton Bushel’. Internet enquiries were made from various parts of the UK but it was pleasing to see the bottle stay locally for £560. A pair of restored Hungarian Zsolnay porcelain vases with elaborately pierced decoration had a longer journey to face after an Austrian internet bidder secured them for £1,150.
A small collection of dolls proved popular, led by a Simon & Halbig girl doll with jointed composition limbs at £770 and a Lenci fabric girl doll with original clothing and labels at £450. Other collectors’ items included the pair of 3ft Georgian cannon which reached £1,550 and the early Kinematograph cine camera in mahogany with brass fittings that climbed to £2,500.
The jewellery featured a 6.5 carat sapphire solitaire ring which stayed locally at £2,800, whilst an 18ct gold strap bracelet sold for £1,350 and a three stone diamond ring reached £1,300. Michael Bowman is now accepting suitable entries for the May 18th auction and is available for free valuations each Monday afternoon at Chudleigh Town Hall.