Auction Results: November 2019

Michael Bowman's final auction of the year at Chudleigh Town Hall was very well attended and proved to be a most successful conclusion to 2019.

A small insignificant-looking watercolour by the early 20th century Irish artist, Percy French, depicting a distant white cottage amidst boglands, climbed above its estimate in taking £1,900 from one of two telephone bidders.

A Chinese blue & white porcelain vase in the hawthorn pattern, was probably a little older than it looked and so attracted a multi-estimate internet bid of £1,100. However, the porcelain that provided the most excitement amongst bidders, was the collection of Royal Worcester painted with still life studies of fruit. Divided into several lots and given conservative estimates, each offering achieved a multi-estimate result. Bidders in the room included a mother and her son who had travelled from Portsmouth, but they faced stiff opposition from two telephone lines and numerous internet bidders. Happily, the Portsmouth duo managed some success, returning home with three lots, including a pair of tea plates which sold for an astonishing £800! An internet bidder from Staffordshire secured the prize lot, a tea service with a single cup & saucer, which climbed to £2,100.

A collection of antique Japanese ivory was received less warmly than it might have been in previous years, but nevertheless a fine quality shibayama tusk vase with silver cover, coaxed £2,300 from a UK based Oriental buyerTwo gents' stainless steel wrist watches proved very popular. A JaegerMaster Mariner 'Deep Sea' model selling to a mailing list client over the telephone for £6,400, whilst a diamond set Cartier automatic went to a determined internet bidder for £3,700 despite strong resistance from a local bidder in the room. Elsewhere in the jewellery, a diamond line bracelet sold to another internet bidder for £2,300.

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