Two Chinese bowls sold for a massive £53,000 when they went under the Charterhouse hammer on Friday 20th November at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset.
“The bowls were discovered in a small 1930’s walnut display cabinet worth £30, where they have been for a long time.” Commented Richard Bromell. “The Dorset family had connections with Hong Kong in the late 19th century, and it is believed they were brought back at this time. However, what is more exciting is the family, which live all over the country, believe they may have a couple more bowls lurking in their cabinets!”
The bowls, which were in perfect condition, dated to the Daoguang period of 1820 -1850. There was much pre-sale interest in the bowls including a client acting as an agent for the Chinese Government. On the day, a row of 13 telephone bidders fought against several buyers in the saleroom, with the first bowl selling for £33,000 to a phone bidder, and the second one selling for £20,000 to the same buyer. Both sold to a specialist London dealer.
But, the Charterhouse auctions are not over yet for the year. Coming up is their huge two day auction on Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th December. On the Tuesday there is over 400 lots of trains, railwayana and model vehicles. Here, four collections form the basis of the auction, with several hundred locomotives and coaches, along with a good collection of Dinky and other die cast models, most of which are mint and in their important boxes.
The next day, on Wednesday 16th, there is another 1,000 lots of clocks, collectors’ items, coins, stamps, medals and antiques, including the content of a large farmhouse from Carhampton, near Minehead. Entries here range from a Rockingham teaset at £3,000-3,000, a fine French barometer £1,500-2,500, a large mahogany dining table £2,000-4,000, and the exceptional group of medals awarded to Major General Sir John Slade, a survivor of the battle of Maiwand, at £10,000-15,000.
Viewing for this two day auction at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, is on Monday 14th 10am-4pm and Tuesday 15th 9am-7pm. The sale can be viewed on the Charterhouse website www.charterhouse-auctions.co.uk or catalogues £7 post paid.
Charterhouse is now taking entries for its New Year programme of auctions including Beswick & Royal Doulton on 22nd January. With rarities such as a rocking horse grey huntsman at £3,500-4,000 it looks set to be a great sale. Also in the same sale there is an important selection of pictures including a farmyard scene with horsed, chickens and pigs by John F Herring Jnr at £8,000-12,000 and a parkland scene with three horses and four dogs by David Dalby of York at £6,000-9,000. This is then followed in February with classic cars, motorbikes & automobilia on Sunday 14th February and silver, jewellery and antiques on Friday 26th February.
For further information regarding these sales, or to arrange a free home visit, call Richard Bromell, Partner, at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms in Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email [email protected]