Cups from Castleton - to Christie’s

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TWO Regency cups and a George III era column fragment, all made from the mineral Blue John hewn in Castleton, are to go under the hammer at Christie’s in London this month.

The items could fetch as much as £4,000 in total when they go up for sale at Christie’s South Kensington on March 19.

A spokeswoman for Christie’s said: “Not only are the pieces beautiful works of art, they also have a direct link to Castleton, where the semi-precious mineral Blue John has been mined since the 18th century for its distinctive blue-yellow banded appearance.

“Though mining of Blue John continues today it is now on a small scale, and the raw mineral produced is now worked and sold exclusively in the Castleton area.”

The sale marks 50 years of Guinevere Antiques, a luxurious interiors shop on the Kings Road in Chelsea, London, founded by Genevieve Weaver in 1963.