July 2010 Results
18THC BELGIAN SILVER IN DEVON AUCTION
BELGIAN EWER RETURNS HOME FOR £8,000
This late 18thC Belgian silver ewer was brought in for appraisal at one of Michael Bowman's monthly Plymouth valuation days. An estimate of £4,000-6,000 was given. National advertising produced a Belgian telephone bidder as well as a substantial commission bid from a UK collector. On the day, the underbidding came from a Devon silver specialist in the room, forcing the Belgian bidder to a final price of £8,000.
Michael Bowman gives free valuations on the first Thursday of each month at Plymouth's Novotel (A38 Marsh Mills) 2-5pm
SOLD FOR £1,050
This amethyst & pearl set gold necklace was bought by mailing list clients from Plymouth in Michael Bowman's July sale.
SOLD FOR £3,800
This three stone diamond ring was bought by mailing list clients in the Scilly Isles at Chudleigh in July.
The central brilliant cut stone weighed approximately 1.2 carats and was flanked by diamonds each weighing .75 carat, claw set on a platinum shank
One Pound makes Two Hundred and Ten
Collectors' items in July included a John Bradbury pound note, in very fragile condition, printed in black on white to one side only.This sold to a Wiltshire commission bid for £210. Ordination papers pertaining to Reverend John Papillon, who was rector in the parish where Jane Austen lived, sold to another Wiltshire bidder for £310. A pair of Meissen porcelain bowls with pierced rims and painted elegant figures in garden settings sold for £560. A surprise result, however, came when an art nouveau pewter photo frame attracted a strong commission bid, selling for £410. This was subsequently considered to be an Archibald Knox design.