Last year was the 300th anniversary of the birth of the greatest English cabinet-maker, Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779).
It remains on my wish-list to see The McManus Galleries in Dundee filled with its wonderful textiles collection.
COLLECTING: Picture of Glasgow traction engine goes for £2,125, nearly quadrupling pre-sale estimate
Something different for you this week, plucked from Lyon & Turnbull’s sale of rare books, manuscripts, maps and photographs in Edinburgh on October 9.
Every schoolchild in my day knew the 1933 penny was the rarest coin in the world and goodness knows how often we checked our change looking for one!
The collection of Scottish tokens formed by the late Michael Paterson has just been dispersed by London auctioneers Dix Noonan Web. Leith-born Mr Paterson collected stamps from the age of 13, but coins became his abiding passion in later life, after the family had moved to Fife. In particular, he built a comprehensive collection of 18th century Scottish trade tokens.
Not so long ago, a decent all-singing, all-dancing Georgian architect’s table would easily have set you back a thousand or two.
At times of political upheaval and crisis you could do worse than invest in gold.
Your Courier of late has been filled with stories providing unhappy reading of the impending closure of the Camperdown golf course, which has disappointed many readers.
Scottish provincial silver – generally 18th and early 19th Century silver individually hallmarked by smiths working in towns such as Perth, Dundee, Montrose, Elgin and Arbroath – differs from other silver in that at least 90% is made up of flatware, that is, spoons, sugar nips, ladles, and so on. Other pieces, such as a beakers, teapots and snuff boxes, are known as hollow-ware and are extremely uncommon.
There seems no end to the public’s love of Art Nouveau jewellery from the early years of the 20th Century. Sales are buoyant – yet some wonderful pieces can be secured for relatively modest sums.