THE STAR lot in Lyon & Turnbull’s art sale in the capital on Thursday is (for me, anyway) John Duncan Fergusson’s Seated Nude, a small bronze sculpture depicting a woman almost as if she were in a trance, seated with her head facing intently forwards.
APPEARING at Cavendish Auctions, Derby in the last week of February was a fine collection of postal material from a Perthshire source.
Angus Council was rightly cock-a-hoop at the discovery near Carnoustie of a Bronze Age spearhead with a gold socket at the end of its shaft. The weapon is one of only five gold-bound spears to have been found in Britain and Ireland.
THE LAST naturally occurring case of smallpox was diagnosed in 1977 and the World Health Organisation certified the global eradication of the disease in 1980.
SOTHEBY’S LONDON dabbled in a dispersal of Scottish art on November 21 and my pick is a landscape titled Perth from Scone Park by Alexander Nasmyth.
“Show me another” is a well-trodden phrase in the antiques world when a spectacular or uncommonly rare item appears for sale. It’s a saying that adds value normally, but not in every case.
ON WEDNESDAY, Edinburgh auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull will sell an early 19th Century mahogany stick barometer by J. Della Torre of Perth. It carries tempting pre-sale hopes of £300-£500.
Tea was once a luxury. Its price, heavily taxed, placed it beyond all but the well-to-do. The Female Spectator in 1745 declared that the tea table “costs more to support than would maintain two children and a nurse.”
NEW YEAR used to mean a drinks cabinet bulging with Perth’s finest – and in my younger days, this did not mean craft beers and pink gin.
CHRISTMAS BOXES were sent by the royal family to Boer and Great War servicemen and will be familiar to many readers. They were forwarded to South Africa by Queen Victoria in 1900 and Queen Alexandra two years later, and, most famously, by Princess Mary to troops in 1914.