Sale report: Summer Antiques Auction Thu 3rd June 2021

Sale report: Summer Antiques Auction Thu 3rd June 2021

Friday, 18 June, 2021

With a catalogue boasting over 700 lots and covering pretty much every category from artworks to vintage vehicles, our Summer Antique sale took place on a scorching early June day. The fine weather didn’t deter the bidders from getting online – with some 800 registered across all platforms and 80% of lots selling successfully.
 
Highlights came thick and fast, represented in pretty much every section of the sale and starting in the Prints & Mixed Media section, where Lot 30 – an assortment of approximately 100 Indian School Mica studies, featuring various characters in colourful traditional dress, sold for an on-estimate £1,200 to a bidder from India their country of origin, despite some examples having losses or damage to the mica. Hot on its heels was Lot 31 – a pair of gouache studies of the Continental School depicting volcanic eruptionsl one entitled 'ERUZIONE DAL EREMITAGGIO DEL l ADRILE 1835'. Framed and glazed, they saw the hammer fall at £400.
 
The Watercolours & Miniatures section provided a real sleeper in the form of Lot 126 – a watercolour winter street scene signed lower left H. Steggles. Acquired from a Somerset address and believed to have been painted in the 20th Century, it smashed its estimate of £30-50 when it sold for £1,100 to a same named bidder on the internet. Also selling for £1,100 was lot 207 – a framed oil on canvas Singapore coastal scene entitles ‘Singapore early Morning’, signed lower right J.Hughes. Consigned by a vendor from Derbyshire, the painting attracted considerable interest despite the condition report highlighting light paint loss upper right quarter; some slight dents in canvas and the painting generally being in need of a light clean.
 
The next standout lot was number 277, a Scottish hallmarked silver mounted Sgian-dubh dagger, marked Edinburgh 1913 for Henry Tatton of Rose St, Edinburgh. Bearing a nice Celtic carving to the wooden handle it went on to achieve £480. In the same section man’s best friend bought in the bids with a set of six vintage buttons featuring different breeds of dog, presented in original box, selling for £160 despite not being silver.
 
It seems the recent trend for mourning jewellery is set to continue, with Lot 345 – an Antique Mourning Ring, set with amethysts and diamonds along with woven hair under a crystal sold for an impressive £1,400 regardless of chip, scratches and general cloudiness to the central stone.
 
This was soon followed by Lot 378, the undoubted star lot of the sale, in the form of a boxed Tudor Prince Oyster Date Submariner 200 Rolex wristwatch. Complete with box, paperwork from 1989 – including price list and a Rolex calendar card for 1988/89, it went for £4,200 to a trade bidder from London.
 
In the Silver, Platedware and Metalware section Lot 433 – a hallmarked silver and gilt four branch candelabra - proved the highlight. Dated 1977 by Aurum Ltd, it features a gilt heraldic lion design and sold for £420. Later in the section, Lot 458 – a pair of Art Nouveau style specimen cases, with separate WMF stamped stands and fitted, tapering glass vases with green decoration, fetched £240.
 
A growing element of our fine art auctions is the Wine, Whisky and Spirits section – and this sale proved no exception, fielding just shy of 20 lots. The top seller this time was Lot 486 – a boxed bottle pf MaCallan 10 years old sherry oak whisky, which sold for £290.
 
Another sleeper graced the Glass & Ceramics section in the form of Lot 521, a Sevres-type highly gilded cabinet cup and saucer on cobalt blue background with indistinct marks to both cup and saucer. It caused quite a stir among online bidders, selling for £1,200 against its estimate of £50-80.
 
The Gallic theme continued with Lot 685 – a limited edition (754 of 2,500) Franklin Mint ‘L’Epee Liberty Musical Clock’ made to commemorate the re-dedication of the Statue of Liberty. In brass case with silhouette of the Statue of Liberty behind the mercury pendulum the clock plays two national anthem tunes – including the Star Spangled Banner and Marseillaise the clock was complete with paper work stating that Limited Edition Number 1 was presented to President Ronald Regan and Number 2 to President Mitterrand of France. It sold for £1,000.
 
The final highlight of the catalogue hailed from the Outdoor Effects section – Lot 735, a late 19thC cast metal pedestal garden table, sold for £320.   
Consignments are now being taken for our Autumn Antiques Sale in September. To arrange a free, no obligation valuation email pictures to valuations@cuttlestones.co.uk or send via WhatsApp on 07949 603872.
 

Auction Dates

Antique & Interiors
Wednesday 29th September '21
Penkridge Auction Rooms
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Antique & Interiors
Wednesday 20th October '21
Wolverhampton Auction Rooms
Catalogue available 15th October
Specialist Collectors'
Friday 19th November '21
Wolverhampton Auction Rooms
Catalogue available 12th November
Winter Antique
Thursday 2nd December '21
Penkridge Auction Rooms
Catalogue available 26th November
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