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Prestigious New York gallery snaps up painting from Staffordshire auction

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Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones enjoyed a strong December Fine Art Sale, with one particular highlight being the sale of an Indian Mughal painting (lot 567) to a prominent New York art gallery. Dating from the first half of the 18th Century and depicting two aristocratic ladies seated facing one another on a riverbank, the stunning piece was snapped up for an impressive £3,814 over the internet and has already embarked on its transatlantic  journey. 

 
Meanwhile, an item with origins somewhat closer to home also proved a star performer. Lot 421, a Woods type pottery Toby Jug depicting a seated figure wearing a black tricorn hat, holding a pitcher and drinking ale, shattered its estimate of £200 – £400 when it sold for £2,145. Silver also proved especially strong, with an extensive collection of modern pieces split into 72 lots selling for over £8,500.
 
In the furniture section lot 667, an early 20th Century Mahogany wind out dining table with four leaves, and featuring four large cabriole supports with carved detail, achieved £1,430 while an unusual 19th Century rosewood writing companion (lot 573) with inlaid brass stag detail fetched £1,072; proof that quality furniture will always find its price.
 
Finally, in the fine wines & spirits section, a vintage bottle of 96% Green Chartreuse from the maker L. Garnier, presented in a bottle embossed ‘Gde CHARTRUSE’ and with both label and seal in exceptional condition, sold for £190. MD Ben Gamble says:
 
Success across the categories is becoming something of a theme in recent fine art sales, and December was no exception. We’re seeing more and more international sales via the internet and telephone bidding, and it was great to see such a fine painting sell to a prominent gallery in New York. The surprise of the sale was undoubtedly the Toby jug – they really are the ‘marmite’ of the antiques world – you either love them or hate them, but the collectors were really out en-force after this specimen.”
 
Cuttlestones is not taking consignments for its first Fine Art auction of 2014, which will take place in March. To arrange a valuation call 01785 714905 or visit www.cuttlestones.co.uk
 
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