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February Hammer Highlights


Victorian splendour trumps Immortality!

 

The first auction of the year encouragingly shows that fine furniture can still shine. A very fine credenza, with strong kingwood and satinwood veneers and ornately decorated with finely cast ormolu figures, was contested both online and in the saleroom to sell for for £2,200 including Buyers Premium. This is a pleasing result for a large piece that in recent years has often been considered a tricky piece of furniture to sell and accommodate. We hope it goes on to grace a fine Scottish drawing room for many years to come. (Lot 189)


Favourite with the valuer in this sale, a wonderous Japanese vision of Immortality in the form of a huge and timeless White Pine about which a parliament of Red Crowned Cranes gather. Depicting the home of the Japanese ‘Seven Lucky Gods’, these mythical figures were in fact a blend of Buddhism, Taoism, and crossed continents from India to China and Japan where stories very much intertwine. The silk backed painting, probably originally in scroll form was popularly sought and sold above estimate for £1,000 including premium. (Lot 83)


Highlighted in this month’s paintings section was an early studio nude portrait by Earl Haig, an important 20th century juggernaut of Scottish Art. He had two studios at his home nearby to the saleroom at Bemersyde and was prolific and varied in his output. This recently re-discovered painting, exhibited in the well-regarded annual exhibition at the Demarco Gallery in Edinburgh in 1968, the same year it was painted, has a strong personality and simple honesty. Selling above estimate for £500 including buyer’s premium. (Lot 84)


With a 92% sale rate on the day, it again demonstrated that a varied and eclectic range of items in our regular Antiques & Collectables auctions is both a popular and effective place to buy and sell. Silver and smaller works of art continue to outperform with very strong bidding from the internet and interest from as far as Australia and the USA.

Our newly strengthened valuation and cataloguing team are here to help you. We aim to be a fine regional saleroom with a Worldwide reach and perspective and your first choice for an excellent service.

We are now collecting for our monthly and specialist auctions. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss your requirements. Don’t forget we offer complimentary collections* in the Borders, Edinburgh and Northumberland with our removal team are on hand to assist with more complex moves and house clearances.


Forthcoming Auctions:

12th March – Antiques & Collectables
Consignment Deadline 2nd March

9th April – Antiques & Collectables
Consignment Deadline 31st March

14th May – Antiques & Collectables
Consignment Deadline 4th May