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Sale highlights from the Sussex May Interiors Sale

Bellmans are delighted to announce our sale highlights from the Bellmans May Interiors Auction, including the Fine Clock Sale, Fine Jewellery sale and our specialist Asian Works of Art.

Bellmans Sussex series of May Auctions realises over £1,000,000 (inc. BP) with an overall sold total of 89%.
Highlights - Auction totals £1,047,000 (inc BP)
Property from the late Sir David Tang 98% sold, totalling £250,000 (inc BP)
Asian £240,000 (inc BP) at 84% sold
Clocks £179,000 (inc BP) at 93% sold
Jewellery £165,000 (inc BP) at 91% sold

Our sale highlight was LOT 1970 which sold for £97,600 (inc. BP) against a sale estimate of £6,000 - £10,000 
Description: An unusually large Canton enamel rectangular panel, 18th century,


Lot 1290 did well in our main sale.  DDS.  Sold for £7,400 against a sale estimate of £1,500 - £2,000
Description: Denis Mitchell (1912-1993) 'Gwenap', Verdigris patinated bronze of abstract trident form, 1968, signed with initials and dated to the underside of the black slate base. 33cm high overall .  Including a postcard from the sculptor with details of GWENNAP dated 1968 and two Dennis Mitchell catalogues. 

From The Fine Clock sale saw great results with the following lots:
LOT 661 - Sold for £25,000 against a sale estimate of £20,000 - £40,000
Description: Daniel Quare, London, circa 1710. A Rare and unrecorded silver-metal-mounted ebonised quarter-repeating and striking table clock, with a replica case.

Lot 668 - Sold for £17,000 against a sale estimate of £15,000 - £25,000
Description: A George II Walnut Longcase Clock.
Lot 659 - Sold for £11,500 against a sale estimate of £7,000 - £10,000.
Description: A George III Gild-Brass-Mounted Mahogany quarter-chiming musical table clock, By Eardley Norton, London, No. 795, Circa 1770.  
Lot 624 - Sold for £11,000 against a sale estimate of £7,000 - £10,000
Description: An English gilt-bronze carriage clock by James McCabe, London, No. 2946 Circa 1860.  

From The Fine Jewellery sale also saw great results with the following lots:
Lot 2300 - Sold for £8,700 against a sale estimate of £3,000 - £4,000
Description: A Kunz of Switzerland gold and pale brown leather collar necklace, the two colour semi-circular front collet set with a large cushion shaped diamond, on a matted ground, fitted to a pale brown leather collar, detailed to the back Kunz 750, with a box base.  


Lot 2350 - Sold for £6,600 against a sale estimate of £2,000 - £3,000
Description: A pair of Victorian diamond pendant earrings, each mounted with the principal oval cut diamond at the centre, in an openwork surround set with cushion shaped diamonds, the front with three pendant drops and with a diamond set two tier trefoil shaped surmount, the tops with wire fittings and a Victorian diamond pendant, mounted with the principal rose diamond to the centre, in an openwork surround, set with cushion shaped diamonds, the front with a row of four pendant drops, (the fifth drop lacking) and with a diamond set two tier trefoil shaped surmount, with a case. 
Lot 2280 - Sold for £6,600 against a sale estimate of £1,500 - £2,000
Description: A Bvlgari gold, sapphire, ruby and emerald necklace, in a graduated curved curb link design, mounted with two cabochon sapphires, three cabochon rubies and with two cabochon ermeralds at intervals, on a snap clasp, detailed Bvlgari 750, length 40cm, gross weight 61.5 gms, with a Bvlgari leather folding case.  


Our specialist Asian Works of Art Sale was busy and did extremely with our top lot 1970 and the following:
Lot 1950 - Sold for £20,000 against a sale estimate of £500 - £700
Description: Percy Carpenter (1820-1895), British. Portrait of a seated merchant, pastel on paper mounted on linen, signed Percy Carpenter, Singapore, April 1857, 52.5cm. by 36cm., framed and glazed.  
Lot 2000 - Sold for £7,000 against a sale estimate of £500 - £800
Description: A Chinese export blue and white part service, early 19th century, painted in the centre with a goatherd and three goats in a landscape, inside a diaper pattern cavetto, the border scattered with flowers and insects, comprising; twenty four dessert plates, twenty soup plates, eleven canted rectangular dishes in three sizes, (a.f), (55).  

Philip Belcher, Senior Executive Director, commented 'We started our May series of auctions with a party to celebrate our 30th Anniversary and were joined by many loyal clients.  The Sir David Tang auction on the first day saw spirited bidding from the UK and Hong Kong and attracted hundreds of bids.  All our auction categories saw very healthy sale percentages with an overall sold value in excess of £1m its nearly 90% sold.  We handled over 1,650 registered riders via The Saleroom.com and had record numbers of bidders across all portals.  We look forward to our Autumn series of Fine Auctions in October and November'