Auction Results: May 2021

Michael Bowman's May 29th auction proved to be a very lively event producing many noteworthy results.  A late Georgian oval watercolour miniature of a young woman signed 'Mirbel', came from a Wimbledon collection and attracted a multi-estimate Chinese commission bid of £950, whilst four early oak panels depicting the apostles went to a London internet bidder at £1,100. A Japanese bronze tiger took a double estimate price of £1,000 from a Hampshire telephone bidder.


A high quality example of 19th century French furniture showed that some larger items are still in demand.  The 7ft high vernis Martin vitrine on offer sailed above estimate to a Brighton telephone bidder, outbidding the Devon trade at £1,850.  Another good quality offering, was the substantially cast Victorian silver sauce tureen by leading London silversmiths, Hunt & Roskell.  This found favour with an internet bidder from Berkshire at £1,500.

A 1970's stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual with diamond dot dial, took £2,400 , courtesy of an internet bidder from Kent.  A small London-made brass strut clock by Dent, has a longer journey to make, after falling to an internet bidder from Moscow for £1,200.

The highlights of the day came in the jewellery section, when a local telephone bidder paid double-estimate £5,600 for a 5.2 carat Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring.  A London collector prevailed with the 2.3 carat art deco diamond ring which sold for £6,300.

Michael Bowman is now accepting suitable entries for the July 24th auction at Chudleigh and is available each Monday afternoon at the Town Hall by appointment for free appraisals.  Enquires to 01626 324071



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