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2,700 year-old Cypriot ewer set to draw bidders to Staffordshire auction this week

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Antiques ranging from several decades to several hundreds of years vintage regularly pass through the doors at Cuttlestones Auctioneers and Valuers in Penkridge – but a lot in next week’s Fine Art and Antiques Auction (Thu 14 and Fri 15 September) has to be among the most ancient.

Dating from approximately 750BC the Cypriot terracotta ewer has clocked up some 2,767 years – it is in remarkable condition considering its age, and is expected to achieve in the region of £1,500 – £2,500. MD and head auctioneer, Ben Gamble, says:

“This is without doubt the oldest piece of pottery I have ever held. The fact that it has remained intact let alone in such great condition is remarkable – generally items of this age and quality end up in museums, so this is a very rare opportunity for a private collector to own such an ancient artefact. We’re expecting strong interest from general collectors of antiquities and those with a keen interest in ancient Greek history. Given our ability to reach a global marketplace this one really could sell to a bidder anywhere in the world.”

This is by no means the only exceptional lot within the two-day sale’s catalogue. Other highlights include a signed Bronze study of a stallion by the pioneering 19th Century French animal sculptor Pierre Jules Mene, which is expected to fetch in the region of Est £800 – £1,200, and a bottle of Chateau Y’quem 1944 Sauternes, which carries an estimate of £200.

A late 17th / early 18th century painting of the Neapolitan school, featuring Jesus carrying a cross, is estimated to achieve £800 – £1,200; whilst a hallmarked silver canteen of cutlery amassing some 107 pieces by the luxury French flatware maker Cristofle should fetch in the region of Est: £2,000 – £4,000. Also expected to bring out the ‘big guns’ in a bidding war is an impressive 19th Century bronze cannon by Henry & Cornelius King, which carried a £5,000 estimate.

All these lots – and many, many, more beside – are set to come under the hammer in Cuttlestones’ two day Fine Art and Antiques auction on Thursday 14th & Friday 15th September 2017. Viewing is from 10am – 7pm on Wednesday 13th September and on the morning of the sale, with all lots also featured in a fully illustrated online catalogue.

For those unable to visit the sale room in person commission, telephone and live internet bidding options are available.

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