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Magic Carpet Flies in Jedburgh

March 9, 2023

Browns’ regular Antiques & Collectors’ Auction found significant success this month. A local Scottish Borders home turned up treasure beneath their feet with Lot 229, a large vintage wool Turkish Oushak rug (Ushak carpet), decorated with ‘The Tree of Life’, making £10,900 (including buyer’s premium).

Having clearly spent many years on a rather damp and well trodden floor the Persian rug was consigned in for sale by a local lady.  Due to its condition a modest estimate was put on the rug.

Browns’ valuer, Angus Milner-Brown explained, “The 140 year old Oushak was decorated in the centre with multiple flower heads within a network of vine like tendrils, with an unusual teal blue field and with a rather unusual pink and umber border. The pink, in particular, had faded and run within the fabric. The wool weft was very worn after years of foot traffic, however despite all this there was enormous private and trade interest. The size and rare colouration of the piece is very much in fashion and the carpet literally flew with bidders competing on both the internet and phone.

It is always lovely to find a hidden gem like this locally and provided a lovely surprise to the vendor.” 

Another success this week was an attractive and well painted still life of Roses. The Scottish artist Stuart Park painted almost exclusively such pictures, and lot 149 was typical of his work. The roses glow from the dark background and found a happy new home at £1200 (including BP), comfortably above estimate.

A particular favourite for me this week was lot 76, a charming pair of Chinese Canton Planters, with matching stands. The colourful enamels of figures in garden and veranda settings would look very pretty on any windowsill, with or without a house plant. The pair were heavily chased by the Chinese trade and found a new for £660 (including BP).

If you had visited your local supermarket about 20 years ago and bought a bottle of Macallan whisky you might have baulked at stumping up £30-40 for it. Lot 129 demonstrates the hugely strong market for Scotland’s most famous liquid export. This standard production Malt Whisky was quickly chased by online bidders to an extraordinary £500 (including BP). The Macallan is perhaps one of the most in demand across the World and currently holds the world record for a bottle sold at auction. If you have a 1926 bottle of Malt do get in touch! Browns would be delighted to value and sell your whisky, brandy or wine and our valuation team are always available to discuss collections, small or large.

This month we had a fine selection of silver, ceramics and jewellery and the results were excellent across the board. A particularly large a fine group of Victorian etched table glasses, with lovely wide and shapely bowls, and matching decanters and jugs was clearly in demand. Table glassware is often not the easiest to sell, but the quality here was fantastic and the estimate was blown away. Lot 52 sold for £900 (including BP) well above estimate.

Do get in touch if our valuation team can advise you on a single item or a whole house contents. We will be delighted to help you.

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