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Winter Warmers go down a treat at Cuttlestones’ Christmas Fine Art Sale

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 Lot 476: THE MACALLAN – ONE BOTTLE OF
ROYAL MARRIAGE WHISKY

Lot 696: A CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE TEMPLE JAR AND COVER

 Lot 656: A ROYAL DOULTON JEWELLED
CABINET CUP AND SAUCER

Lot 586: A COLD PAINTED BRONZE FIGURE BY FRANZ
XAVIER BERGMAN OF A NORTH AFRICAN GENTLEMAN 3412

Cuttlestones rounded off 2014 in spectacular style with a stellar Christmas Fine Art sale on Friday 5th December at its Penkridge salerooms, which saw lots from the Vintage Wines and Whiskeys, Fine Porcelain and Oriental Works sections feature prominently amongst the best sellers on the day. 

 
Following a flurry of high quality goods submitted just before deadline, the bumper sale of over 800 lots generated significant interest amongst those in attendance, as well as bidders via the telephone and internet. With buyers in festive spirits, the Wines, Champagnes, Ports, Vintage Whiskey and Cognac section which caused a considerable stir amongst collectors as well as those seeking the perfect seasonal tipple. 
 
In particular, Lot 475: ‘A JOHNNIE WALKER 150TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTATION WHISKY SET’, consisting of one bottle of specially reserved matured scotch whisky in a draw string bag, a Royal Brierley Crystal decanter with Johnnie Walker stopper, presented on wooden case with booklets and wooden separators, drew significant interest from a number of online bidders – eventually going on to smash its estimate of £100-200 when it sold for £780. Following close behind – and proving equally popular amongst the online bidding contingent – lot 476: ‘THE MACALLAN – ONE BOTTLE OF ROYAL MARRIAGE WHISKY’, created to celebrate the marriage of The Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer by the directors of the Macallan Glenlivit with a blend of single malt whiskies distilled in the years of the couple’s births (1948 and 1961) went to the same buyer for £960.
 
The two best sellers of the day, meanwhile, hailed from the Ceramics and Oriental Works sections respectively. In Ceramics, lot 659: ‘A ROYAL WORCESTER PAINTED OVAL PORCELAIN PLAQUE BY WILLIAM A. HAWKINS – ‘A REHEARSAL’, signed lower left with marks to the reverse and presented in a glazed gilt frame sold for £3,840; while lot 696 from the Oriental Works section: ‘A CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE TEMPLE JAR AND COVER, decorated with pheasants in a naturalistic setting amongst rocks and vegetation, bearing label to the inside lid ‘Dickinson, Wigmore Street, London’; achieved an impressive £6,240. 
 
Staying with Ceramics, another significant sale of the day came in the form of Lot 656: ‘A ROYAL DOULTON JEWELLED CABINET CUP AND SAUCER, the cup decorated with an Art Nouveau style lady, a cherub kissing her hand, the saucer with a peacock, and gilded to the underside, both pieces signed Noke’. This piece proved exceedingly popular among collectors; attracting a winning bid of £792. Another item generating significant interest among collectors was lot 586 in the Metalware section: ‘A COLD PAINTED BRONZE FIGURE BY FRANZ XAVIER BERGMAN OF A NORTH AFRICAN GENTLEMAN 3412, glancing thoughtfully upwards and dressed in traditional costume, leaning upon a cane, ‘Bergman’ stamp to base together with ‘Geschutst’, H 21.5 cm’. Guided at £500-800, the winning bid came in just above this at £850 – or £1,020 inclusive of buyers’ premium.
 
As always, the sale was brought to an end with the ever-popular Furniture section, which featured as its highlight lot 822: ‘AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY SATINWOOD AND MAHOGANY CARLTON HOUSE DESK, with overall foliate inlaid decoration within satinwood cross banded borders, the curved superstructure with a central bank of four drawers flanked by two small cupboards, two further curved letter compartments to each side and further sloping lid compartments, the pull-out writing surface inset with leather above two frieze drawers, on square tapering supports and spade feet’; selling for an impressive £3,480.
 
Other top sellers on the day were lot 183: ‘A COLLECTION OF FIVE VINTAGE AMBER LUCTITE STYLE BEAD NECKLACES’; from the Vintage and Costume Jewellery section which achieved £1,140, and lot 567: ‘A SUPERB ELIZABETH I SEAL TOP HALLMARKED SILVER SPOON DATED 1594, having fig shaped bowl, tapering hexagonal stem and squat seal top finial, maker’s mark similar to an Anchor, clear date letter and Leopard’s head crowned, lion passant slightly mis-struck’; from the diverse Metalware and Silver section it caused a real stir among silver buyers in the room and online, eventually selling for £1,560.
 
Full results from the Friday 5th December Fine Art Sale – including hammer prices – are available online at www.cuttlestones.co.uk. For more information, call 01785 714905.
 
Please note – all prices inclusive of Buyers’ Premium.
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