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It’s not all about the antiques at Cuttlestones’ May 27th Fine Art…

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An interesting number of 20th Century lots mean that it’s not just antiques that will be under the spotlight at Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones’ Friday, 27th May Fine Art Sale. Ranging from Ercol furniture through to Clarice Cliff ceramics, the ‘modern’ lots make an interesting addition to the sale as MD Ben Gamble explains:

20th Century design is a very interesting area and is generating an ever-growing community of loyal collectors. While everyone will be familiar with the name Clarice Cliff, they may be more surprised by the inclusion of some pieces of Ercol furniture in the Fine Art sale – we’ve got some cracking examples of this brand which, while it was mass-produced in the mid 20th Century, has become sought-after due to its recognisable design and excellent quality. It’ll be interesting to see what the lots achieve.”

Ercol was established in High Wycombe, home of the chair making industry, in 1920 by young designer Lucian Ercolani. With an emphasis on design and using beautiful hard woods Ercol pieces have charted popular design for over 90 years; their quality ensuring an enduring appeal. The pieces that are set to come under the hammer at Cuttlestones are excellent examples of their kind and include an Ercol light elm dropleaf table and chairs (lot 519) est. £80-120 and an Ercol light elm sideboard (lot 520), est. £100-200. Another interesting piece of modern furniture in the sale is a light oak secretaire dresser, circa 1960, (lot 521) expected to achieve around £40-60.

On the ceramics front, 20th Century pieces include two items by the lauded designer Clarice Cliffe; including lot 507, a Clarice Cliff ‘Bizarre Bonjour’ tea set, est. £300-400 and lot 714, a Clarice Cliff ‘Blue Autumn’ preserve pot £40-60.

The full catalogue for the Friday, 27th May Fine Art Sale will be available at from Friday, 20th May. Viewing will take place between 10am and 7pm on Thursday, 16th May and those unable to attend the sale in person will be able to bid via commission, telephone or live online through

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