Michael Bowman's 2pm auction at Chudleigh Town Hall will feature a group of framed and mounted grass specimens with a provenance from Kew Gardens in the 1840's. Recently inherited by the local vendor, each specimen is labelled in pencil, one reading ' Agrostis Sylvatica, Kew July 1845' for example. The 25 modern black frames each measure 19" x 13", some containing more than one grass specimen. An auction estimate is difficult to imagine for such unusual entries, but they will be offered in groups, each lot expected to attract several hundred pounds.
A second collection on offer, comprises eight, Japanese Meiji period ivory carvings, varying in size between 4" and 10", most bearing signatures and being of a figural nature. Their estimates range between £300 and £600 each. The only Chinese item in the old family collection is the 9.5" wide Cantonese ivory box which should excite bidders with its £500-750 estimate.
19thC Chinese ivory box - £500-750
The jewellery will include a certified art deco light yellow sapphire ring weighing 4.44 carats in platinum, with hopes of £1,200-1,800 and a modern Faberge turquoise enamelled band ring set with small diamonds at £800-1,200. A beautiful oval enamelled pendant by the Swiss enameller , Gaspard Lamuniere (1810-65) looks for bids of £1,000-1,500.
Art deco platinum ring with certified light yellow sapphire Swiss enamelled 18ct gold pendant