COTSWOLDS AUCTIONEERS Chorley’s offered a mahogany sideboard with an exemplary provenance two weeks ago – yet it remained unsold.
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.
FREEMAN’S of Philadelphia hosted a sale on January 23 which included a small painting which made my thoughts turn to the city collections in Perth and Dundee.
SOME AUCTIONEERS make the most of what they’ve got. In this respect, I can pick out Nick Burns of Lindsay Burns & Co in Perth, whose marketing skills often ensure high prices on special items. The national publicity created for a picture in his last sale, for example, helped it on its way to a London dealer for a whopping 20-times estimate £26,000.
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.
HISTORICALLY, the Anglo-Saxon period denotes Britain between about 450 and 1066, from the initial migration from northern Europe and up until the Norman Conquest – and, of course, it is remembered as the era in which the English nation was established.
ILLUSTRATED IS Woman by a Leaded Window. It was painted in 1958 by Glasgow School of Art-trained Robert Colquhoun. Oil on canvas, it is a couple of feet square and was presented to Dundee not long after its paint had dried.
THE NAME Tompion raises the blood pressure.
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 is coming and joy, peace and love awaits all – hopefully. Today’s item, I think, captures these sentiments.