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‘Traditional’ antiques lead the way in spectacular September Fine Art Sale

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Cuttlestones’ third Fine Art sale of the year turned out to be one of its biggest and most successful to date, with the more traditional antique and jewellery items featuring prominently amongst the auction highlights. 

Due to a late influx of high quality entries, the usual Friday sale format was expanded into the Thursday evening (following viewing earlier in the day) causing a surge in bidders despite the late start time. 
Indeed, it was three lots from the Jewellery section which caused the biggest stir late in the evening amongst buyers in the room, on the telephone and those bidding via the internet. The first lot in question, lot 228 – a ladies’ diamond Art Deco style cocktail bracelet (approx 21.88 Ct), set with 216 brilliant cut diamonds – generated considerable interest with the successful internet buyer just beating a rival in the room with a bid of £8,000. With little time to rest, bidders were again at loggerheads moments later over lot 239, a 1.84 Ct colourless brilliant diamond cut ring, clarity VS, flanked either side by two graduating baguette cut diamonds. Again, the successful bid came via the internet, smashing the £2,500-4,500 guide price with a bid of £6,800. 
However, it was the next lot, 240 – one of the last of the first day – that really stole the show. This certified large diamond nine-stone cluster ring totalling approx 6 Ct achieved the top price of the sale; eventually going to an internet buyer who beat off stiff competition in the room with a bid of £8,500.
The following day, and despite an interesting variety of lots on offer, it was the more traditional antique collectables and furniture items which performed particularly well. The ever-strong silver section produced an early highlight in the form of lot 435, a splendid pair of early Georgian hallmarked silver candlesticks by William Cafe (London 1761), selling for £1200. Elsewhere, lot 492, a 1920s novelty cut glass decanter featuring a tyre shaped body engraved ‘When Tyred Stop’, sold to an internet bidder for £270. Later, lot 765, an early 18th Century mahogany eight day long case clock, maker’s name ‘John Wyatt of Timperley’, did similarly well when it was sold to a room bidder for £1,700. 
Bucking the traditional trend of the sale, however, were three carved ivory statues from the Oriental Works section. Lot 673, depicting Shou Xing the God of longevity, holding a dragon headed staff and the fruit of the P’an T’ao, sold in conjunction with lot 674, Lu Xing the God of wealth, and 675 Fu Xing the God of happiness, for a combined total of £6,105* following a heated exchange between to rival internet bidders. Another item which caused a stir on the day was lot 507, a Davidson Art Deco blue opaque glass ‘Saturn’ table lamp,  which achieved an impressive £320.
Finally, wrapping up the sale from the Furniture section were two lots of note in the form of 840 – a Jacobean oak carved coffer, the three-panelled hinged lid above a carved frieze and panelled front, and 891, a George I Burr walnut chest on chest, with cross banded and feather banded decoration, which sold for £1,800 and £2,000 respectively.
Full results from the Thursday 11th and Friday 12th September Fine Art Sale – including hammer prices – are available online at For more information, call 01785 714905.
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