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Rare WWII German Glider Pilot’s Badge amongst highlights from September Fine Art Sale

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lot 67-AN 18TH CENTURY ENGLISH ENAMEL EGG SHAPED NUTMEG GRATER

lOT 67 – AN 18TH CENTURY ENGLISH ENAMEL
EGG SHAPED NUTMEG GRATER

 

Lot 426-A RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL SIGNED ROYAL DOULTON 'ARTIST’S COPY' FIGURE OF 'ST GEORGE AND THE DRAGON' - HN2856

LOT 426 – A RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL SIGNED ROYAL
DOULTON ‘ARTIST’S COPY’ FIGURE OF ‘ST GEORGE
AND THE DRAGON’ – HN2856

 

Lot 542-A WWII GERMAN GLIDER PILOT'S BADGE, made by C_E_ Juncker

LOT 542 – A WWII GERMAN GLIDER PILOT’S BADGE,
made by C.E. Juncker

 

Lot 0605 - AN EXCEPTIONAL EARLY 19TH CENTURY FRENCH BRONZE ORMOLU 'BACCHUS' THEMED CLOCK

LOT 605 – AN EXCEPTIONAL EARLY 19TH CENTURY
FRENCH BRONZE ORMOLU ‘BACCHUS’ THEMED CLOCK

The penultimate Fine Art sale of the 2015 calendar took place at Cuttlestones’ Penkridge salerooms on Friday 11th September – and it certainly did not disappoint. Amongst the ever-popular categories of jewellery, silver, ceramics, and furniture one or two more unusual items caught the eye of the bidders on the day; producing some standout hammer prices as a result.

 
As the bidding got underway in the morning, Lot 67: AN 18TH CENTURY ENGLISH ENAMEL EGG SHAPED NUTMEG GRATER was an early indication of what was to come. The somewhat unusual item – having floral decoration on a green ground, with metal mounts and grater – was subject to a number of internet bids, with the hammer eventually falling to at £726.
 
This was swiftly followed by the best lot price on the day, for 128: A THREE STONE BRILLIANT CUT DIAMOND RING OF APPROX 4.03CTS. Having an Anchor Cert certificate commissioned by Cuttlestones, the ring had been subject to several condition reports during the run-up to the sale, and bidding interest was also considerable on the day. The winning bid of £9,680 saw the lot go to a buyer in the room, beating off keen rivals on the phone and via the internet.
 
As ever, items from the silver and gold categories generated a high trend in lot prices. Two highlights were lot 202: AN ORIENTAL SILVER CASE; which sold for £504.00, and lot 264: AN UNUSUAL HALLMARKED 9 CARAT GOLD CARD CASE; which smashed its estimate of £300-500 and sold for £847.
 
From the ceramics category, two Royal Daulton pieces were subject to similarly high bids from buyers in the room and those utilising the internet and phone lines. The first of these, lot 423: A LARGE ROYAL DOULTON LIMITED EDITION FIGURE ‘THE PONY EXPRESS’ – MODEL HN4842; sold for an impressive £1,694 to an internet bidder. Not to be outdone, lot 426: A RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL SIGNED ROYAL DOULTON ‘ARTIST’S COPY’ FIGURE OF ‘ST GEORGE AND THE DRAGON’ – HN2856 also sold on the internet for £1,694.
 
Perhaps the most unusual item for sale on the day, however, was lot 542: A WWII GERMAN GLIDER PILOT’S BADGE, made by C.E. Juncker. With military interest items mainly reserved for Cuttlestones Specialist Collectors’ sales, it had been difficult to predict what sort of price the badge would generate on the day. The result was a surprise to many in attendance, with the winning bid of £665 coming from an internet buyer who prevailed following some strong bidding from a rival on the telephone.
 
Another item which got bidders’ pulses racing was lot 605: AN EXCEPTIONAL EARLY 19TH CENTURY FRENCH BRONZE ORMOLU ‘BACCHUS’ THEMED CLOCK. With its large and elaborate case of fine cast bronze depicting a satyr and a wood nymph celebrating the harvesting of the grapes and giving praise to Bacchus, the anticipated sale of such an impressive clock caused several phone lines booked in advance. The hammer eventually fell to a bid from one such phone buyer at £4,598 – the second highest price for a single item on the day.
 
Elsewhere, lot 268: A BRONZED PLAQUE DEPICTING QUEEN VICTORIA SIGNED DRESSLER; made £1,210 and Lot 540A: A MID 20TH CENTURY COPY OF MEDIEVAL DOG ARMOUR; sold for £605. From the furniture section, lot 641: A GEORGE III OAK AND MAHOGANY DRESSER achieved a hammer price £2,057 – however, the last surprise on the day was that of lot 645: A SMALL VICTORIAN WALNUT SUTHERLAND TABLE which, in desperate need of repair, still made £254. Overall, a pleasing 85% of furniture lots sold which gives us hope that brown furniture is not as unfashionable as perhaps everyone thinks.
 
Full results from the Friday 11th September Fine Art Sale – including hammer prices – are available online at www.cuttlestones.co.uk. For more information, call 01785 714905.
 
Please note all achieve prices inclusive of buyers’ premium of 21% (inclusive of VAT)
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