A mid 19th century oil painting of Charles, a prize winning bull, is off to market at Charterhouse in Sherborne on Friday 11th April.
“Charles was a Devon Red born and bred in Devon, probably in 1855 as he won a silver mug at Cardiff in 1857 for the Best Yearling Bull North Devon Breed.” Commented Richard Bromell. “He went on to win other prizes at The Bath & West Show in 1858 and the Barnstaple Show in 1859. Just weeks after winning at Barnstaple, Charles was sold to a farmer in Australia.”
The picture of Charles is painted in the naive style which was popular throughout the 19th century. Today these oversize animals on tiny little matchstick legs are hotly contested at auction and often sell to British and American collectors.
Although Charles was sent off to Australia in 1859, this painting was retained by the Devon farming family. He passed down through generations of the same Devon farmers until Charterhouse were asked to carry out a valuation at the farm. When Richard Bromell collected him, it was probably the first time the painting had left the family farmhouse and the County of Devon in over 150 years. Now estimated at £700-1,000 when he goes under the Charterhouse hammer, only time will tell if he returns to his native Devon.
Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming spring auctions including a sale of pictures, prints, books and antiques in April and classic cars and motorcycles also in April.
For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell, Partner at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 www.charterhouse-auction.com or via email on email@example.com
Charles, the prize winning Devon Red, going to market estimated at £700-1,000
The Victorian silver mug, won by Charles for the Best Yearling Bull North Devon Breed at Cardiff in 1857
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