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Cuttlestones’ strong September Fine Art Sale proves an International affair...
Cuttlestones’ extensive marketing and online bidding facility is continuing to pay dividends, as international interest in a number of lots during its 10th September Fine Art sale attests.
Three lots in particular stand out; not least a rather worse for wear, indistinctly signed and unframed coastal scene in the continental style. Believed to depict the Capri coastline the piece certainly caught the eye of the Italian market, with a number of strong telephone and internet bids attracted from as far afield as Napoli and Trieste, and the hammer eventually falling at a substantial £720.
A rather more exotic set of lots, in the form of two late 18th / early 19th century Fijian hardwood gun-stock war clubs, attracted considerable Antipodean interest via phone and internet; eventually selling for a respective £1,100 and £900 to an Australian online bidder following a heated bidding contest.
These were just two highlights of a sale which saw strong performances across all categories – and a number of real surprises along the way. Silver proved as popular as ever – a hallmarked silver goblet, marked London 1920 by Omar Ramsden (est £80 - £120) sold for £1000; despite considerable damage. Another item carrying some damage that outperformed its estimate was a Britannia Standard Hallmarked Silver Queen Anne tankard by Humphrey Payne, which achieved £1,700 (est £500 - £800).
This was closely followed by the sale of a fine pair of Georgian hallmarked silver candlesticks, London 1811, carrying maker’s mark ‘I.W.’ for £1,200; while a superb George I silver sugar caster, circa 1720, went for £650.
Watches and jewellery also performed well - notable lots included a Gent’s Rolex 18Ct Day/Date oyster perpetual superior chronograph wristwatch (with no papers) that sold for £3,600 and a gold ladies wristwatch, embellished with 20 round brilliant cut diamonds, which fetched £1,200.
Early 20th Century design also proved popular throughout the sale, with Art Deco and Art Nouveau lots achieving excellent prices. A Charles Sykes designed Rolls Royce ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ car mascot, inscribed to the base ‘Charles Sykes’ beneath ‘Rolls Royce Limited Feb 6th 1911’ sold for £720. Art Nouveau pewter continued the theme, with a pair of rocket shaped cases in the style of Archibald Knox achieving £350 and a collection of Art Nouveau pewter - including a Liberty & Co coffee pot and two spoons - fetching £320. A lovely Oak Arts & Crafts bench with pierced heart motif back completed the exciting run on this theme, selling for an impressive £950.
In ceramics and pottery an early Tudor period cup, with a single handle and carrying a yellow glaze & russet slip decoration, went for £290. Somewhat more surprisingly, an 18th Century stoneware tankard (believed to have originated in Nottingham) sold for £400.
Another high performer was a 19th Century Meissen porcelain figure group, depicting a seated lady breastfeeding her baby and a gentleman beside her, which achieved £850; possibly due to the rarity of its rather racy subject matter. Bucking the current trend against Royal Worcester, two lots from the maker; a pedestal vase and cover featuring a scene of three sheep, and a pair of low baluster twin handled vases depicting Highland cattle in a pastoral landscape, each achieved an impressive £700.
Golf also proved a popular theme at the sale, with related items selling well. A Royal Doulton baluster jug, with two matching baluster mugs, achieved £320 despite the relative unpopularity of such pieces in the present market – the unusual decoration of golfers in Jacobean dress possibly serving to heighten interest. Likewise, a Cooper landscape entitled ‘Edinburgh from the Links, Braid Hills Golf Course’ fetched £650.
Miniature portraiture once again proved a hit, with two lots in particular standing out. An early 19th century portrait of a lady in a blue dress, signed ‘Le Duc’ and with inscription verso ‘Mme Elland, niece of Latour, the historian of the Battle of New Orleans 1816’, together with another miniature portrait of a gentleman, reached £520. Another lot consisting two 19th century miniature shoulder length studies of gentlemen in typical Georgian dress achieved £480.
Local interest stoked the bidding for an Oak and Mahogany longcased clock – carrying an estimate of £500 - £600 it is likely that the maker’s name of ‘E. Mickolds, Brewood’ appearing on the painted face assisted its strong finish at £920.
Gilt items also sold well; the outstanding lot here a French Louis XVI style marble and gilt bronze clock garniture along with two twin branch candlesticks which, believed to be 20th century, sold for £2,200. Earlier in the sale, one pair of Regency gilt bronze lustre candlesticks sold for £500 and another, similar pair went for £320.
Strong sales continued into the furniture section. Here, highlights included a superb quality Continental French Ormolu mounted kingwood and parquetry breakfront display cabinet which sold for £3,100. Other notable lots included an unusual Elm Georgian three draw dresser base which fetched £2,300, a neat Georgian Mahogany chest that achieved £1,000 and a beautiful mid/late 18th century Mahogany commode that sold for £700. An early 18th Century carved oak plank coffer, meanwhile, went for an impressive £2,800; proving that there’s still good interest in certain items of brown furniture.
Full results of the sale can be found at www.cuttlestones.co.uk and consignments are now being taken for Cuttlestones’ November 19th Fine Art Sale. If you’re interested in selling items at auction and would like to arrange a valuation, call 01785 714905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlotte at Squash PR & Marketing
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