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April Hammer Highlights – A French Triumph!


Sale results from our Easter auction of Antiques & Collectables proved regional salerooms can provide Worldwide appeal and strongly supported results. 90% of lots found buyers on sale day.

A clear winner is now heading to its next home in Paris. Scotland has long had a close relationship with France, and so it was no surprise to uncover a fine and delicately crafted Louis XV / XVI ‘Transitional’ period marquetry bonheur du jour in a Roxburghshire Dower House.

antique veneer bonheur

The piece was beautifully veneered in a variety of exotic woods and decorated with assorted musical instruments and household objects. This would once have been the pride a joy of a fashionable 18th century French lady, no doubt of some standing in society. The small desk was designed to lock securely small keepsakes in its two cabinets and be a place to write a mass of correspondence…the iPad of the 18th century!

Recent sales of such pieces have not always been easy, however the quality of the this example and the fact it was veneered on the reverse, so it could stand centrally in the room if required, created interest both local and international. Lot 212 sold significantly above estimate at £3890 (including premium). It will shortly be negotiating Brexit and heading home to France.

Also of note and from the same house (lot 85), a wonderful maritime oil by George Chambers (1803 – 1840). The artist painted this view of shipping coming into safe anchorage beneath the castle and priory at Tynemouth several times. The ‘Mary’ was a trading barque and is perhaps laden with brandy having sailed perhaps across from France under the watchful eye of a small Royal Navy brig sloop. Maritime paintings are timeless and will grace any wall, ancient or modern and this canvas sailed safely away at £2200 (including premium).

Other stand out winners on sale day include (lot 2), a glamorous and shimmering circlet of three colours of gold in a tight fish scale weave, a substantial necklace in 18 carat gold by the well know Italian maker Oritalia. The weight of gold and its obvious charm ensured a thumping £1700 sale result (including premium).

Every sale needs a sleeper. In truth our valuer had a feeling lot 126 might fly away, and on the day it drew International support. A very late Qing Dynasty porcelain vase was priced to sell, especially having been drilled and converted into a table lamp, however the famille verte decoration was better than many similar Chinese vases of the late 19th or early 20th century period and demand for such porcelains remains energetic everywhere. The lot sold with strong underbidding for £1580 (including premium).

Browns Auction Rooms of Jedburgh would be delighted to assess and value any artworks, antiques or collectables you are looking to sell. We can sell a single item or clear an entire house. While our reach is international we offer a friendly local service across the South of Scotland.

We are now consigning for our 14th May Antiques & Collectables Auction.  To request a valuation, click here, alternatively you can call 01835 863445 or email info@brownsasr.co.uk