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Art and jewellery leading lights at recent Fine Art sale

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Lot 436 – a 17th Century portrait of King Charles II
Sold for £6500

Lot 9 – a late 19th Century Chinese silk blue robe
Sold for £1900

Our Friday, 14th March saw fantastic performances across the board – but it was the art and jewellery sections that particularly stood out…

Of all of the pieces arguably the most impressive – both visually and in terms of price achieved – had to be Lot 436; a 17th Century portrait of King Charles II, which generated significant press interest in the run-up to the sale. In an interesting twist, the painting had hung at Black Ladies Priory on the edge of the parish of Boscobel – the area that spawned the legend of Royal Oak during the King’s 1651 exile – for several decades from the mid 1980s. It achieved a suitably regal sum of £7,865; selling to a local commission buyer despite stiff competition from both the telephone and internet.

Another painting hailing from the Renaissance era to bring out the bidders was Lot 444; an unframed oil on canvas depiction of Christ; ‘The Crown of Thorns’ after Guido Reni (1575 – 1642). Despite its lack of frame and carrying some damage, the painting sold for £1,500.

A rather more modern painting also had the bidders out in force – this time from the easel of the feted English painter Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976). While Lowry’s stylised depictions of 20th Century working Brits couldn’t be much further from the stern realism of 17th century religious and court paintings, this limited edition print of a pencil drawing entitled ‘The football match’, numbered 196/850, signed in pencil in the margin – and coming complete with a bill of sale for £43 dated 12/05/1973 – the framed piece fetched £1,400.

Over in the Jewellery section lot 148, a rather unusual coral Victorian bracelet with a hint of oriental styling about its snake form with clear gemstone eyes, sold for an impressive £650.

Another exotic lot that performed particularly well was a late 19th Century Chinese silk blue robe embroidered with numerous images of the Imperial Dragon, crashing waves and other emblems. Lined with contrasting pale blue silk, this stunning robe achieved £1,900; selling to a bidder from Hong Kong.

The final stand-out lot from the catalogue was number 6; a stylish early 20th Century fitted travelling car trunk, by Brookes of Birmingham. Designed for Rolls Royce & Bentley Vehicles, the outer trunk encloses three inner cases that slide out independently. The hammer fell on this fascinating remnant from the early days of motoring at £550. 

The entire catalogue from Cuttlestones’ Friday, 14th March Fine Art Sale – including hammer prices – can be viewed at

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