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Cuttlestones’ May Fine Art Sale sees lots across the board realise lofty prices…

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With a varied collection of such interesting and high quality lots, it’s no surprise Cuttlestones’ Friday, 27th May Fine Art Sale was a resounding success. Among a packed catalogue that included a particularly strong silver section and numerous pieces of Oriental Art, there were a few particularly pleasant surprises in store; no doubt testament to the diversity of items on offer, Cuttlestones’ international reach through its live online bidding system and an ever-strong turnout on the day.

Two decorative silver items really stole the show: Lot 121, a Dutch hallmarked silver wire basket with swing handle and bead dot rim, circa 1787, achieved £1000; while a Georg Jensen silver necklace, with alternate floral and plain links, exceeded its estimate of £200-300 to fetch an impressive £650.

Another high achiever was a Royal Worcester Pot Pourri Vase and Cover (Lot 278). In good condition and beautifully decorated with roses on a green background with a gilded reticulated lid, this fittingly summery piece realised a healthy £950.

In light of the large number of Oriental pieces in the sale, one exquisite lot brought considerable fortune. The highly ornate Lot 315 – two Chinese carved ivory snuff bottles and stoppers that feature, respectively, two dragons amid blue waves and a red lacquered finish with two figures to each side – proved that the Oriental market is thriving and achieved £1000 – well beyond their £80-120 estimate.

Quality antique furniture is always present in Cuttlestones’ auction room and the last sale was no exception, with high prices raised across the board. One outstanding result was Lot 500: a huge carved Oak and Walnut sideboard, the a base displaying carved features which include a bird, a wheatsheaf and grapes – and a later oak top with the carved frieze of a lion and mask head – exceeding its estimate of £800-1200 to fetch an astonishing £7000. Lot 473 meanwhile, a heavily carved Eastern hardwood cabinet on stand, saw the hammer fall at £2600.

Elsewhere, there were other highlights – a White Star Line dessert plate (Lot 223) estimated at £40-60 sold for £150; the haunting ‘A view of the Thames’ oil on canvas by Anthony Robert Klitz (Lot 394) realised £350; a collection of Victorian copper jelly moulds (Lot 362) made £150; and a Chinese bronze incense burner with gilt panels went for £1000.

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