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Angus’ Highlights | March ’24

March 20, 2024

We have a diverse and interesting selection, gleaned from houses large and small across Scotland. Below is just a taster of the fine jewellery, paintings and works of art we have to tempt you.

Leading our Fine Art category is a wonderfully evocative coastal scene, painted by Scotland’s famous Impressionist, Sir William McTaggart. His works grace the walls of many public and private collections the world over. ‘A Restful Day on the Coast’ is utterly typical of his oeuvre. A young girl and two children are quietly enjoying a sunny day, lying on rocks above the shore, with sailing boats beyond. The movement of the grass and gently lapping waves painted with confident and typically impressionistic strokes. This is a good sized canvas which came from a large Scottish Borders estate and deserves a fine well lit wall to reside on.

Other paintings include Scottish works by David Gauld and Sir Edwin Landseer, but perhaps of note are a lovely work by Irish artist Kenneth Webb, well known for setting up the Irish School of Landscape Painting. Other stand out works are a fun and brightly charming figure of a Tiger by Chilean artist Gustavo Novoa, distinctive, primitive yet very much evocative of Aesops Fables and the Life of Pi. I also love two small sketches of a soldier and Ottoman figure, probable sketched from life during the Crimean Campaign. Simple and charming the works of George Housman Thomas from this period are found in the Royal Collection.

We have a large group of fine Silver in this sale. The real stand out entries are an amazing Ladies travelling vanity case, the large crocodile leather case is filled with every conceivable assistance for a lady on her travels, all in gilded silver and every item with a gold flourish on the top. It includes not only brushes, mirrors and various pots, but also correspondence and writing implements, manicure sets. Too many items to mention here.

We also have a wonderful Victorian fiddle and shell pattern canteen of flatware. This is a lovely heavy service, with well cast terminals and while some items are now missing, it has more than enough for a dinner party of ten places. It’s also nearly six kilograms of Sterling silver!

Also of note is a lovely George III silver teapot, notable because it is engraved with the Regimental crest of the ‘Somerset Light Infantry’ This long folded military regiment was important at the time this teapot was made, they were a major component of Cumberland’s forces that finally defeated Bonnie Prince Charlie at the battle of Culloden.

The Jewellery section is led by a lovely 9.5 carat diamond  brooch, modern and looking like it will take flight. This is very well made in platinum. I personally love the two horse racing brooches in the sale, one is unusual in gold and enamel, the jockey riding directly towards you, the other is classic Art Deco and the diamonds and enamelling have been crafted to give a wonderfully naturalistic pose at full gallop.

The Collectors section is also very diverse. A personal favourite of mine in this sale is a wonderful and extensive group of World War I archival material, this includes hand notated maps of the trenches, marked ‘Secret’, and some fabulous photographs of soldiers in the trenches in France and Gallipoli. Many are action shots, others more entertaining, including a very drunk soldier on a barrel! Well worth a look.

I also love the large collection of Bulldog club medals in this sale. This club was apparently the first dog breed club in the World and celebrates 150 years next year. We have quite a selection from the 1920’s are earlier.

Need to be on time? We have a lovely 18 carat gold Omega Constellation, in apparently working condition and a lovely mid Sixties early version. This should excite the watch collectors out there.

Furniture aplenty to choose, including a very fine Shibayama cabinet from Japan, a really lovely example with decorative Hōō  (Fènghuáng) birds keeping you under a watchful eye. We also have a lovely George III serving table, simple elegant and so practical for displaying all the other pieces you may have bought at this auction.

Please do contact us to discuss any lots in this sale. Our valuation team are a friendly and knowledgeable group, ready to assist with condition reports, or advice. We are of course delighted to be able to help with any items you would like considered for our next sales.

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