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Quality performances across the board at Cuttlestones’ Autumn Antiques Auction

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Quality lots bought the bidders out in force to Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones’ Autumn Antique Auction on Thursday 22 September, with 95% of lots sold online to a customer base spread across 12 countries – including Australia…

An excellent entry of 17th– 19th Century oil paintings from a long-standing deceased estate got the ball rolling in fine style, producing the highlight of the day – Lot 166, a 17th Century Italian School oil on canvas depicting ‘Cephalus and Procris’ which sold for £7,500 to a buyer in London.

Further art highlights included Lot 171 – an impressionist wooded landscape by the Wynford Dewhurst which fetched £1,200; Lot 155 – a coastal landscape attributed to the circle of Jakob de Heusch (1657 – 1701) which went for £1,800 and Lot 137 – an unsigned half portrait of young woman which sold for £550. Meanwhile Lot 106 – an Indian school street scene that saw the hammer fall at £800. Strikingly more modern in style, Lot 31 – an artist signed print of Laurence Stephen Lowry’s ‘Level Crossing, Burton-on-Trent’ sold for £500.

Away from the art section, were items consigned from the private deceased estate of the lauded adult and women’s education trailblazer, Professor Lalage Brown. Having passed away in her adopted hometown of Shrewsbury last December, Lalage amassed an eclectic collection during her fascinating life. Represented here were a significant quantity of African textiles and jewellery amassed during her solo travels to central Africa in the 60s and 70s, during which she earned her reputation as ‘The Mother of African Adult Education’. Split into individual lots, the collection achieved in excess of £1,000.

Another rather eclectic lot to perform well was Lot 440 – a collection of cat brooches by the French costume jewellery designer Lea Stein, which sold just above it £200-400 estimate when the hammer fell at £480. As usual, the jewellery and silver sections performed strongly – highlights including Lot 453 – a three stone diamond ring in unmarked yellow metal setting which fetched £1,200 and Lot 454 – a hallmarked 9ct gold charm bracelet which sold for £700.

In the silver section, Lot 509 – a Liberty Arts & Crafts style silver vase hallmarked for Birmingham 1906, went for £380; Lot 534 – a hallmarked silver demi-fluted four-piece tea service, which sold for £750 and Lot 555 – a hallmarked silver twin-handled comport, which achieved £180. Meanwhile lot 491 – an Austrian gold 100 Corona coin, dated 1915 and featuring Hasburg Franz Joseph – triggered an online bidding battle; finally selling for £1,150.

Lot 569 – a 19th Century bronze study of a naked man – achieved £600 while, proving that you can still sell Doulton figures, Lot 636 – a rare Doulton figure entitled ‘Mam’selle’ sold for an impressive £900 despite numerous faults (including the figure’s head having fallen off and been glued back in place)!

In the wines and Spirits section Lot 593 – a bottle of Mortlatch Speyside 16-year-old single malt whisky – sold for £160, while the sleeper of the sale has to be Lot 609 – three decorative porcelain cabinet plates with crossed sword backstamps which shattered their estimate of £40-60 when they sold for £450. Lot 613, meanwhile, showed condition isn’t always everything when the 17th/18th Century Italian Majolica Trembleuse beaker and saucer for restoration sold for £850 – despite the beaker being smashed – while Lot 726 showed originality is not always key to an item’s charm – the 20th Century reproduction library steps saw the hammer fall at £300.

Furniture in general performed remarkably well; with the section featuring some really quirky, quality lots. Lot 750 – a large, freestanding 19th Century Ottoman Astrolabe – which would not have looked out of place in a high-class Eastern hotel – made £1300, while Lot 761 – an 18th Century colonial Portuguese Rosewood centre table, sold for £550. Lot 764 – a 19th Century bow-fronted Mahogany kneehole sideboard in the Chippendale style, sold for £750 and Lot 772 – a large 19th Century Mahogany pull-out dining table – fetched £700; both proving substantial, quality traditional furniture still commands decent prices. Finally, the very last lot of the sale – Lot 772, a pair of lifesize cast aluminium herons, blew its £60-100 estimate out of the water; selling for £300.

Cuttlestones is now taking consignments for its Winter Antiques Auction in early 2023. For a no-obligation valuation email [email protected] or send photos via WhatsApp to 07949 603872.

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