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From Oriental works to local maps and modern art, our June Fine Art Sale highlights reflect a diverse catalogue…

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Friday 6th June’s Fine Art Auction in Penkridge saw a typically diverse range of items come under the hammer – something that was evident in the standout lots from the sale.

First of the particularly interesting items was lot 76, a late Victorian piano shawl in a gold fabric with embroidered floral decoration and a deep fringe which sold for an impressive £376*.
Another accessory that captured bidders’ imaginations was lot 133; an unusual vintage carved owl bracelet. Believed to be crafted out of bog oak and comprising seven articulated panels bearing carved owl heads set within a yellow metal frame, it went on to achieve £411*; selling along with a faux amber necklace in the same lot.
The Oriental Works section provided the next series of ‘star lots’ – namely three large Chinese Ivory statues making up lots 387, 388 and 389. Respectively depicting the Shoux Xing the God of Longevity, Lu Xing the God of Wealth and Fu Xing the God of Happiness, the hammer fell on the trio at £4,347*.
Originating a little closer to home, the next highlight lot was a rare example of what is believed to be the first ever printed map of Staffordshire. Dating from 1577 and bearing the original hand colouring the map, which is attributed to Christopher Saxton, was one of a collection of over fifty put up for sale by a single, local collector. It sold for £3,760*.
Modern art also had its day at Cuttlestones on the 6th June – with a monogrammed, modern abstract oil on board piece by Charles Denise Fulford (1912-1989) fetching £998*. Last, but by no means least, a limited edition ‘Dent’ brass mystery clock; with the clock face supported by two dolphins and the base signed ‘E Dent & Co Ltd, 41 Pall Mall, London’ No. 113/500, went for £881*.
Full results from the Friday, 6th June Fine Art Sale – including hammer prices – are available online at For more information, call 01785 714905.
*Including buyer’s premium.
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