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Bumper Winter Antique Auction sees hammer fall on vintage motorbike at £35,500

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Catalogues don’t come mush more eclectic than that of Cuttlestones’ Thursday, 3rd December Winter Antique Sale. Covering all the sections one would expect in a classic Fine Art auction – and a whole lot more besides – the 800-lot catalogue included a collection of classic motorbikes, with the hammer falling at a sky-scraping £35,500 on a rare 1955 Vincent Series D Rapide Historic model.

While this was undoubtedly the star of the online only-sale, performances were strong across the board. Over 1000 bidders, registered across two internet platforms, competed for lots ranging from antique and modern artworks through to jewellery; vintage & designer clothing; watches; silver; oriental works; glassware; furniture – and a whole lot more besides. The audience was truly international, with lots selling to 12 different countries – including India, Australia and the US.

In the art sections Lot 87 – a small miniature Indian School portrait miniature featuring a Sultan with bow and arrow sold for £800 to a bidder in India, despite a crack to the picture itself. Lot 139 – an unframed 18C School of Bassano oil on canvas entitled ‘The Descent from the Cross’ – consigned by a longstanding client who has sold items through Cuttlestones since the saleroom was founded, fetched £650.

In the Silver section, Lot 260 – a super quality Edinburgh crystal ice bucket with hallmarked silver handle and smart 1930s styling (Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd, London 1938) was snapped up for £200 – and will no doubt make a fabulous addition to someone’s Christmas table. This was closely followed by a real sleeper in the form of Lot 268 – an Oriental type carved tortoiseshell pillbox which shattered its estimate of £40-60 when the hammer fell at £500!

Standout lots in the Jewellery section included Lot 328, an Art Nouveau diamond set yellow metal pendant locket, depicting a maiden with bird in relief, which sold for £600. More modern pieces also performed well, with several lots of modern designer jewellery consigned by another local client impressed with our service. They included Lot 347 – a Bvlgari 18ct white gold diamond pave set ring, which sold for £3,100 and Lot 348 – an 18ct white gold diamond set charm bracelet by Cartier, complete with three charms, which sold for £2,800 to the same telephone bidder.

Unsurprisingly in the run-up to Christmas, watches also performed well. Lot 391 – and 18ct gold Omega Constellation automatic wristwatch sold for £3,000; Lot 402 – a 9ct gold Rolex open faced pocket watch sold for £480; and Lot 408 – a Rolex Ladies’ 18ct gold wristwatch in heart-shaped green Rolex box and complete with its original Rolex guarantee, dated 1967, fetched £1,200.

Next up a collection of colourful glassware consigned by a local client, featuring lots of bright 1950s-60s designs, was split into several smaller lots and fetched a combined £1,800 – proof that a really diverse range of one-off lots can be found in the saleroom at prices to suit all pockets.

Lot 552, meanwhile, proved that there is still demand for quality tea sets, something we see a lot of in our salerooms. This selection of Royal Crown Derby ‘Imari 1128’ tea ware, including several pieces dating to 1926, sold for £600 despite damage to some pieces. Another ceramics highlight was Lot 575 – a Royal Worcester semi nude figure, which sold to an Australian bidder for £400.

In the Treen, Fans & Miscellaneous section three lots hailing from the London workshop of Viscount Linley did well – including Lot 620, a David Linley of London ebony neo-classical regency style fruit bowl, which sold for £130; Lot 621 – a pair of David Linley of London small turned ebony footed bowls, which achieved £130 and Lot 622 – a similar pair of bowls, achieved £140.

A private collection of fans split into several different lots achieved some good prices – including Lot 658 – three handpainted folding fans for restoration, including one to include one with painted volcanic scene dated 1892, which sold for £500 and Lot 661 – two boxed, intricately carved fans for restoration which fetched £260. The trend continued with Lot 668 – an antique folding fan with Italian scenic decoration – selling for an impressive £700 to the same buyer on the telephone. Later in the same section, Lot 675 – a 19thC carved Canton card case – sold for £480; Lot 683 – a pair of 19thC Chinese carved pots with lids, featuring lions attacking an elephant, fetched £420 and Lot 696 – a 19thC carved study of a classical woman on ebonised base – achieved £750.

Meanwhile, Lot 703 – an embossed steel Carlos V full suit of armour, complete with Arthurian sword, saw the hammer fall at £600!

There were also signs of the demand for traditional brown furniture picking up – Lot 728, a Georgian oak cased hooded wall clock – went for £420 and Lot 736 – a Gothic Revival, Chippendale-style Granddaughter clock, which sold for £1,700. Book cases also performed well – Lot 756, a large Mahogany breakfront library bookcase – sold for £850; Lot 761, a smaller, quality Victorian glazed bookcase, went for £500 and Lot 775 – this time a 19thC oak Welsh dresser – achieved £420.

Last, but by no means least, of the highlights was Lot 777 – a striking, large-scale copper ‘Tree of Tranquillity’ sculpture, handmade and designed by Mehrdad Tafreshi, selling for £2,000.

Consignments are now being taken for our Spring Antiques Auction in March 2021 – for a free, no obligation valuation please email photos to [email protected] or via WhatsApp on 07949 603872


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