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Collection of late Victorian furniture attracted fierce bidding; AUCTION: Estate of Roderic Bowen, MP QC, late of Cardiff and Cardigan, reached high prices.

AT the Clee Tompkinson and Francis January auction the contents were mainly sourced from a gentleman's residence in Pumpsaint.

It included a large collection of late Victorian carved furniture together with a number of items of Welsh furniture from the estate of Roderic Bowen MP QC late of Cardiff and Cardigan.

The late Victorian furniture sold consistently well with many items falling to the shipping trade.

Prices in this category included:

carved library table with lion mask decoration and pendant finials - pounds 500;

Carved pedestal writing desk with highly carved drawer fronts with stylised lion mask handles - pounds 430;

Carved triple chair back settee with pierced cresting with carvings - pounds 460;

Carved oak dresser base with three frieze drawers and foliate handles - pounds 240;

Carved oak side board with back of cherubs on central cartouche and frieze drawers - pounds 500;

High back carved sideboard, the central pediment section carved with masks and sea horses over a mirror - pounds 780;

Further oak carved sideboard with grotesque mask and fruit decoration pounds 300;

18th Century oak long case clock altered and carved in the late Victorian period with floral and lion mask decoration pounds 1,150;

Late Victorian oak long case clock with heavily carved case with fruit and floral decoration. Silvered face marked JD Williams and Son Merthyr - pounds 1,750;

The furniture in the estate of Roderic Bowen sold exceptionally well with this excellent provenance with the top price falling to an oak "cwpwrdd deuddarn" the upper section comprising a moulded cornice above a plain frieze with turned pendant finials.

The two ogee headed panel doors revealed a single shelf while the lower part comprised two frieze drawers above a pair of three panelled drawers. After fierce bidding the hammer fell to a private buyer at a figure of pounds 3,400, well above the highest estimate.

A late 18th Century oak standing corner cupboard with moulded cornice above a pair of astragal doors fell to the trade at pounds 1,800. The same bidder acquired the oak refectory table with planked top standing on chamfered legs, despite fierce telephone bidding to a figure of pounds 2,100 together with a set of four oak chairs with pierced back rail and scratch carving at pounds 450.

Other principal lots in the furniture section included:

An early Victorian banjo barometer signed Horden Kidderminster requiring renovation - pounds 550;

Pine Victorian kitchen dresser - pounds 420;

Georgian serpentine brass fender - pounds 550;

Victorian chaise longue - pounds 360;

Brass adjustable Victorian standard lamp - pounds 320;

18th Century ash grain chest - pounds 280;

Rosewood ladies chair circa 1880 - pounds 200.

In the ceramic department the major items were:

A damaged tin glaze delft earthenware jar and cover - pounds 390;

Victorian dresser jug with preacher - pounds 140;

Weymss chamber pot and bowl - pounds 110;

Damaged majolica jardiniere and stand in green and pink on blue ground pounds 480.

Clee Tompkinson and Francis reported an excellent demand in all sections with prices generally higher than the pre-auction estimates. One of the reasons attributed to this was that it does not charge premium.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 16, 2002
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