THE LOWER ground-floor area of Perth Museum – my favourite place – is where the city’s permanent art collection finds a home. A handful of Old Masters grace the left-hand wall, including the magnificent maybe-Caravaggio Prometheus, while the free spirit right-hand surface is presently hung with oil paintings of Perth.
Dominic Winter of Cirencester staged a sale earlier this month which included the estate of the actor, author and historian Robert Hardy, best remember, of course, as the vet Siegfried Farnon on All Creatures Great and Small.
MULLOCK’S IS an auctioneer famous for sales of historical documents. It is less known for books, but a ‘local’ rarity appeared in its February sale.
APPEARING at Cavendish Auctions, Derby in the last week of February was a fine collection of postal material from a Perthshire source.
VINTAGE VEHICLES tend to be bypassed by the traditional auction house, with most historic cars finding their way to specialist dealers and sales.
MEDAL SPECIALISTS Dix Noonan Web are selling a quality collection of medals and awards this weekend relating to The Black Watch, including medals to the 42nd Highlanders and 73rd Foot, which merged to become the famous regiment.
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.