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May Hammer Highlights


The last three auctions have consistently been 90% sold on the day. This May was no exception and 92% of lots found new homes. Mixed sales of Art and Antiques continue to be a popular hunting ground for keyboard warriors…the rise of internet bidding ensuring as wide an audience as possible, while also ensuring an effective, friendly local service.

One of Switzerland’s finest watchmakers, exceptional condition and it’s easy ready to wear style ensured that Lot 111, a fine Brietling Transoceanic chronometer watch sold well above its estimate at £1450 (including Buyers Premium). This was a simple steel cased gentleman’s watch with clean lines and above all an excellent highly accurate chronograph movement. Collectors have driven watches prices substantially in the past two years and famous names such as Rolex, Patek Phillipe and Brietling remains the stars of the show. Interest both locally and online ensured this solid example sold easily on the day.

Another ocean going lot, number 233, a pair of Maritime shipping portraits proved an interesting find for this months sale. Antonio Jacobsen is considered one of America’s best turn of the 19th century marine artists. ‘The Audubon of Marine Art’ he was a prolific painter of a wide variety of sail and steam powered vessels. Of the two ships in this lot, The Charles H Marshall was of particular note. This steam packet was named after a famous philanthropist and businessman from the New York Gilded Age. He was apparently on board the RMS Carpathia when it came to the aid of his three nieces who had to their misfortune boarded Titanic on its ill fated maiden voyage. Despite very poor condition of both canvases, which will both require significant professional restoration the lot sold for just over £1000.

Samuel Bough is a well known and regular presence in Scottish Art sales. While many buyers are looking to the 20th and 21st century to decorate their walls, there is still demand for the simplicity and beauty of a Victorian landscape and Sam Bough captures the charm and peace of the farming landscape perfectly in lot 227. A simple landscape with a plough hard at work in the back ground. Easy on the eye the oil sold within estimate at just under £600 (including premium).

May’s sale was a broad mix of silver, ceramics, collectables and furniture, with lots ranging from £20 upwards. Some lovely antique furniture, including an impressive pair of Jacobean revival wainscot chairs found new homes. If you are looking to re-locate, downsize or just wishing to sell the odd lot, do contact the saleroom for a quotation.