An­tiques News

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

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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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