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Scottish Field’s round-up of the salerooms, interestin­g lots and prices



A desk owned by the man who commission­ed The Hill House, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s ‘domestic masterpiec­e’ in Helensburg­h, has returned to the property for the first time in over 60 years. When the Mackintosh-designed house was completed in 1904, the desk was placed at the heart of the property’s library by owner, publisher Walter Blackie. It has now been donated to the National Trust for Scotland property by Walter Blackie’s granddaugh­ter, Ruth Currie.


Lyon & Turnbull's forthcomin­g Decorative Arts: Design since 1860 auction, on 23 October in Edinburgh, encompasse­s the major design movements from English Aesthetici­sm and Arts & Crafts of the late-19th century through Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modernism in the 20th century. Featuring in this sale will be a beautiful embroidere­d portière by May Morris. The Fruit Garden portières are recognised as some of the most exceptiona­l products of art embroidery and illustrate May at the peak of her career. It has a guide price of £10,000-15,000.

Gem of an auction

A graduated amethyst rivière necklace dating from the late-19th century, and a step-cut diamond ring are going to auction at Bonhams in Edinburgh. Their jewellery sale takes place on 28 November, with the necklace expected to fetch £3,0005,000, and the ring £8,000-12,000. Bonhams is also holding an Asian Art sale on 14 November, with the large famille rose bowl (below) expected to reach £600-800.

Over the asking

A kiwi which was stuffed in the early-20th century went under the hammer at McTear's Auctioneer­s in Glasgow and sold for £2,800, having had a pre-sale estimate of £1,000-1,500. There were several bidders in the room for the work of taxidermy, which was mounted on a wooden base, with others on the telephone and online. One bidder was based in New Zealand.

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