Michael Bowman’s online auction in July saw a continuation of the very high levels of demand shown throughout 2020. The picture section was led by a
contemporary landscape in oils by John Hitchens (born 1940), entitled ‘Hills & Cloudlights’. This returned to Sussex courtesy of an internet bidder who paid the upper estimate price of £1,500.

A 19th century Chinese blue & white plate decorated with five small fish, took a surprise multi-estimate £970 from a Chinese internet bidder despite several small rim chips. A giant 1930’s Devonmoor pottery toby jug, sitting 24” high made a more predictable hammer price of £550, though its finding a new home in the Peak District of Derbyshire was somewhat less predictable!

A Chinese internet bidder based in the USA, was happy to buy the 19th century Chinese blue silk Imperial robe embroidered to show the royal five-toed dragon for £770. A UK based Chinese bidder prevailed with the pair of Japanese shibayama inlaid ivory tusk vases that sold for £1,050.

One of the biggest surprises of the day came when a 19th century Arabian dagger sold for a multi-estimate £2,800 to an Arabian internet bidder. The
vendor’s original hopes had been just £50! A WWI British Army dress uniform jacket came with associated paperwork and provenance showing that it
had belonged to a 2nd Lieutenant in the West Yorkshire Regiment. This pedigree lifted the bidding above its estimate of £100-150 to a final price of £1,500 after a battle between two telephone bidders.

Another surprise came in the silver section when a London specialist telephone bidder fought off strong internet interest on an un-hallmarked two-handled bowl estimated at £150-200, paying £1,500 for his prize. Several lots later, the same buyer bought the predicted star of the day, a heavy Regency silver tea kettle on stand by the renowned maker, Edward Farrell. This handsome piece was consigned by a Hampshire vendor with an estimate of £2,000-3,000, but was eventually knocked down to the London telephone bidder for £5,200.

The jewellery section featured an Edwardian diamond necklace that sold for £1,800 and a certified natural 4.88 carat Sri-Lankan sapphire & diamond cluster ring at £3,800. Both lots stayed with local bidders.

Michael Bowman is now accepting suitable entries for his next auction to be held on September 26th and is available by prior appointment each Monday afternoon at Chudleigh Town Hall to give free valuations. Tel 01626 324071 michaeljbowman.co.uk


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