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Fine Art Sale Report: Vintage motorcycle rides away with top lot status in diverse catalogue

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Friday, 9th September saw a strong turnout of bidders in the room, on the telephone lines and live on the internet for Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones’ Fine Art Sale.

The sale resulted in a truly diverse selection of highlight lots – reflecting the variety of a catalogue covering everything from vintage clothing to antique dolls, artwork, coins, alcohol – and even vehicles! Indeed, from the Vehicles section came the day’s highest achieving single lot; in the form of Lot 745, a 1053 Triumph Tiger 100 motorbike – sold as seen with V5 log book, it attracted a huge amount of interest and sold for £4,800. 

Another particular stronghold within the 793 lots catalogue was the artwork section; an area that Cuttlestones is seeing increasing success in following an active drive to encourage vendors to consign their artworks. The result was an art contingent split into three sections – Mixed Media Pictures, Oil Paintings and Watercolours – that represented a broad spectrum of art to suit a range of tastes. An entire section of the catalogue was even dedicated to the sale of Picture Frames. The strength of the art section was reflected in the sale’s highlight lots, with a significant number of high achieving lots across these sections.

Examples include, in the Oils section, Lot 607 – a Jules Frederic Ballavoine Art Nouveau portrait of a young lady, signed lower right and in its original pierced gilt frame, which sold for £1,400. Also in the Oil Paintings section, Lot 499; depicting figures in a classical river landscape in the manner of 15th Century Italian Baroque master Salvator Rosa, fetched £1,200 whilst Lot 481 – another river landscape – this time by 20th Century Irish painter Dunlop, achieved £1,000. The final highlight of the oil paintings section was Lot 494, a late 18th/early 19th C Continental School harbour scene with boats and figures, on which the hammer fell at £750.

Not to be outdone, the Watercolour Paintings section produced two star lots in the form of a pair of paintings by the Lancashire artist William Hoggatt. Typical of Hoggatt’s sought-after British landscapes they included Lot 636, a watercolour study of 'St John's Valley' in the Lake District and Lot 638 a watercolour of Colby Glen in Hoggett’s beloved Isle of Man. Both signed by the artist, the paintings sold for an impressive £750 each. Cuttlestones is seeking to build on this success and is actively seeking consignments of artwork for future Fine Art sales.

Highlights in the Coins section included Lot 178, a carded set of six gold Sovereign coins which sold for £1,200 and Lot 171 – a cased Bailwick of Jersey Elizabeth II silver wedding coin set (1972). Featuring nine coins, all presented in a fitted case and amassing approximately 51g of 22ct gold and 65g of 925 grade silver, the set sold for an impressive £1,150 – far greater than the equivalent scrap value.

Collectors of exotic and Oriental works were also out in force; showing particular interest in two lots. These were Lot 336 – a Japanese ivory card case decorated with intricately detailed white stork to one side and a butterfly and flowers to the reverse, which sold for £900 to an internet bidder and Lot 365, a Hardwood South Seas stick, possibly originating from Figi. Measuring 51cm in length and featuring a carved woman carrying a child on her back, the hammer fell at £800.

Back to more ‘traditional’ antiques, in the 43-lot furniture section, Lot 786 – a large 19th Century Rosewood circular dining table, supported on a heavily carved pedestal with figurative mask details and hairy paw feet, sold for £1,200. This, despite the table lacking its original leaves for extension and the base appearing to be one pedestal of a pair and set slightly off-centre.

Lot 160, a and 18ct gold open faced manual pocket watch, together with a 9 carat rose gold graduated albert chain and fob, sold for £950; Lot 241 – a Hallmarked silver tea and coffee service marked for Sheffield 1946 and with the maker’s mark for J. Dixon and Sons and weighing in at approx. 1,900g – far outshone its scrap value when it sold for £650. Finally, Lot 290, a pair of tall 19th C Bohemian cranberry glass vases featuring facet cut panels throughout with gilt borders and scrolling decoration, sold for £640.

The full sale results are available at The next Fine Art Sale at Cuttlestones will take place on Friday, 2nd December. To arrange a free, no obligation valuation email [email protected]

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