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English artworks draw the bidders at May Fine Art Auction

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Traditional paintings from the English school performed particularly well in a diverse catalogue at Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones’ Friday 10th May Fine Art & Antiques Auction.


Out of three oil paintings that really stood out, lot 472 was undoubtedly the star. Depicting horses watering at a stream with a coach and inn in the background, the large oil on canvas by George Wright (1834-1934) achieved an impressive £5,782. Another pastoral scene, this time a typically romantic Victorian arrangement of sheep in a Highland landscape, signed with the monogram of Charles Jones (1836-1892) and in excellent condition, fetched £2,714. Last of the stand-out lots in the section – an oil on board still life showing a composition of currants, peaches and strawberries in a gilt frame – achieved £1,298 despite indeterminate date and being in rather dirty, yet overall good, condition.


The traditional English theme continued throughout the sale, with lot 550, a pair of fine Georgian mahogany plate buckets, proving a hit in the strong furniture section. Dating from circa 1790 and eachcarrying brass band decoration and brass swing handless with separate, later, liners they achieved £2,124. In the silver section lot 270, a hallmarked silver teapot marked for the renowned maker William Bateman, London 1831, topped the bill when it sold for £590.


On a slightly more exotic note, the Oriental Works section peaked with the sale of lot 440, a pair of Chinese blue & white porcelain vases. Bearing four character ‘Jiaqing’ marks to the bases and each decorated with traditional scenes of buildings and figures, the pair sold for £944.


Also selling for £944, this time in the jewellery section was lot 151 – a modern half carat princess-cut diamond solitaire ring, complete with GIA certificate.


Cuttlestones is now taking consignments of lots for its next Fine Art and Antiques Auction, which will take place on Friday 13th September 2013. Extensive marketing alongside online cataloguing and live online, telephone and commission bidding options ensure that Cuttlestones’ Fine Art & Antique Auctions reach a global marketplace of collectors and enthusiasts. To arrange a valuation please call 01785 714905.

 

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