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Angus’ Highlights | July 2022


‘To bid, or not to bid-that is the question’…we have a Shakespearean collection of fascinating works of art in this month’s auction. 

A rare find in a Scottish country estate this month is a drawing of probably the most famous Ballet dancer of all time, Rudolf Nureyev. This carefully posed artwork was drawn by one of Ballet’s most well-known photographers and writers of the 20th century, Keith Money and this work captures Nureyev dancing Hamlet with verse from Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquy written across the top. Money was a polymath and published several books with photographs of ballet, including the marvellous Margot Fonteyn, and a copy of his book on the ballerina is included in this rare and historically important lot. (Lot 113, est £500 – £800)

The auction includes a wide range of furniture which includes a very fine example of a Georgian mahogany breakfront bookcase. Utterly practical and fitting comfortably in either a contemporary or Georgian home this beautifully made piece will be effective for displaying fine china or your rare book collection. Estimated at £2000-3000 which reflects its size, condition and quality, Lot 247. 

Other furniture lots include an excellent set of Regency mahogany dining chairs, usually referred to as Trafalgar chairs. It is said the ‘rope twist’ decoration to the back became popular after Horatio Nelson hammered the French fleet at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. These chairs should grace another dining room for another 200 years…and will I am sure look excellent next to the French Louis XV style Guerdiron parquetry vitrine table, with its lovely ormolu mounts. The table is designed to hold many treasures, and perhaps a few military cap badges and highland dress badges from a large collection in the sale might fit the bill. (Lot 235, est £800 – £1,200)

We have a wide collection of fine ceramics this month. It is worth taking a close look at the two lovely Chinese blue and white bowls, both with saucers that double up as lids, both marked for the Emperor Qianlong and probably of the period. Chinese porcelain reign marks are sometimes added long after the Emperor was dead, this was a way to honour rather than deceive, but sometimes makes dating such wares a complicated endeavour. The quality of the blue and white decoration and wear to the foot suggest these may both be 18th century. Both were collected by a well travelled military family with connections to Scotland and China. (Lot 56, est £200 – £300 & Lot 57, est £150 – £200)

This sale is a really eclectic mix of paintings, ceramics, silver and works of art, as well as some good value household material, still in good usable condition and ready for a new home. We have a very comfortable modern leather suite for relaxing and watching that latest blockbuster in, and many small useful tables, perfect for resting a glass of wine.

As of 6th June this year it became illegal to sell any item in the UK containing elephant ivory. This ban has long been expected and reinforces previous regulations. There are some exceptions for portrait miniature and items with low ivory content, however in future any item being sold will require a certificate from the new ivory watchdog for a small fee. Browns staff will be able to advise which items may be affected and how to proceed on a case by case basis.

Browns of Jedburgh are always happy to consider single items or whole collections for auction. Do contact our team to discuss your own works of art.