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From kimonos to charity collection boxes – latest Fine Art Sale sees high prices across the board

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From the exotic to the more domestic, it was hard to pick a theme following the Cuttlestones’ 2nd December Fine Art Sale, with high prices realised across the entire catalogue. Once again strong attendance in the room, on the phone lines and via the internet led to lively bidding and a good proportion of the lots sold to overseas bidders.

Jewellery and time pieces proved as popular as ever, with a beautiful pair of diamond earrings totalling approx 4.29 carats (lot 101) fetching £4,750. A gold half hunter pocket watch, believed to be by the esteemed case maker Fred Thoms and engraved with crest of two wings flanking a spur, motto banner underneath ‘ numquam non paratus ‘ meaning ‘never unprepared’ – the motto of the Johnston/Johnstone Clan – (lot 109) fetched £950 and a Breitling 1884 Superocean Steelfish gent’s watch achieved an impressive £1,100 (lot 110).

In the ceramics section, a very rare RSPCA collection box (lot 154) in the form of a Royal Doulton Art Deco stylised dog seated on a mahogany plinth sold for £950 while a set of Delft blue & white crocus pots of some age went for a hefty £1,100 despite significant damage (lot 188).

Another lot that exceeded its estimate was lot 201, a British 19th Century Shako of the Battalion Staffordshire Rifles, which drew on both local and military links to fetch £750 against its £200-400 estimate.

Somewhat more exotic, a Kimono dating from the 19th Century by Tams of Hong Kong, exquisitely embroidered on dark blue silk with a duck egg blue lining, triggered a bidding war on the internet to shatter its estimate of £60-80; eventually selling for £3,500 to a bidder in Thailand.

In the furniture section, two lots in particular stood out. Lot 349, a beautiful Georgian oak Lancashire style chest of six drawers, sold for £1000 while a Bryn Hall dining table along with 8 panelled and upholstered chairs (lot 366a) sold for £1,800.

A section that attracted huge interest both online and the phone, mainly from London wine merchants, was the Fine Wines, Ports and Whiskeys; which included the contents of a cellar donated by a generous vendor for sale to raise funds for Katharine House Hospice. Star lots included a bottle of 1959 Margaux (lot 441) on which the hammer fell at £650, a bottle of 1965 Chateau d’yquem (lot 483) at £250, a bottle of 1927 Martinez port (lot 500) for £280 and a 1931 bottle of Prunier Congnac, which achieved £185.

Full results of the 2nd December Fine Art Sale can be viewed at

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