Auction Results: September 2020
Michael Bowman's Online Auction on September 26th, showed a continuation of the brisk internet bidding experienced throughout 2020. Although the public were not invited to attend, the jewellery and the silver as well as other selected items had been available for viewing the previous day by appointment at Chudleigh.
The picture section was led by a large oil landscape by the contemporary Sussex artist, John Hitchens (born 1940). Reminiscent of a hazy moorland scene, this was the first time on the market for this painting since having been bought new in 1970, and it sailed comfortably above its estimate at
£2,500 courtesy of a London internet bidder.
Unusual collector's items were represented by the archive of 500 Grand Prix black & white photographs which sold to a commission bid from Cheshire of £750 and the 1603 'Breeches' bible by Barker of London which sold to an American internet bid of £770.
A collection of Oriental and Eastern items were keenly received, featuring a Chinese Sang de Boeuf porcelain vase which made a multi-estimate price of £1,200 to an internet bidder from London. A small Chinese white porcelain 'blanc de chine' vase , 5" diameter, was probably of great age and attracted another multi-estimate price of £1,700 from a Canadian internet bidder. The following Chinese item was even older, a red pottery vase dating from the Neolithic period. This would have been a burial relic and it appealed to a Chinese specialist from London over the telephone to the tune of £1,300.
Elsewhere in the sale, a 16th century rapier sold to a Spanish internet bidder for £1,200, but the star of the day was the small Queen Anne Britannia Standard silver milk jug by Anthony Nelmes, London 1713, which returned to its home city after selling for a triple estimate sum to a keen telephone bidder.