Winter Fine Sale Summary

Posted On: 06 Jan 2023 by Ruairi Barfoot

Some highlights of our Winter Fine Art & Antiques Auction.


Our Winter Fine sale produced many top results across all departments, signalling a strong global appetite for top quality pieces.

In our Asian & Ethnic Arts department, artefacts from the ancient world up until the 19th century were much sought after.   

A small but finely carved Greek style portrait bust which attracted dedicated international bidding, soared to £14,168*. A Romanesque carving of Hercules and The Nemean Lion also performed well, selling for £1,932*.

Porcelain from the 17th – 19th centuries achieved strong prices: a large 17th century Kraak porcelain jar achieved £1,674*, while a rare, yellow-ground 19th century bowl, sparked the interest of many bidders. The bowl was decorated in a style known as Dayazhai, believed to be based on ink drawings of the Empress Dowager Cixi, who commissioned such wares. Featuring a Yong Qing Cang Chun mark and of fine quality, the bowl achieved £1,159*.     

Furthermore, the market for rare examples of Chinese export silver shows no signs of abating. An impressive trophy cup by Hungchong & Co was fiercely fought over by Chinese bidders, finally selling for £9,016*.



                                           Sold: £9,016                                                                      Sold: £14,168                                                                 Sold: £1,159


Porcelain from the West saw dedicated bidding in our European, Ceramics & Glass department.

A scarce Royal Doulton figure, one of the Forty, an early example painted by Harry Tittensor, fetched £1,416*.

Fabulous Vaseline glass shades in hues of pink, probably by the famed John Walsh Walsh, achieved £966.

A classic Hermes Birkin 35 handbag also shot to £4,379*. 



                                                                                                                                                                                                           Sold: £1,146                                                                       Sold: £966                                                                                      Sold: £4,379               



Well-crafted silver from the 18th century to modern day performed well.

From an impressive George III twin handled cup and cover which sold for  £1,674* to a George V cocktail shaker which sold for £1,288*, many lots raced past their estimates.

Famous makers such as Paul Storr commanded impressive prices.

A set of dessert forks sold for £1,223*, while a rare 19th century Dutch fish slice achieved £1,030*.

The top lot of the department was a rare pair of Chinoiserie tea caddies from the 2nd quarter of the 19th century. Small in stature – reflecting the high price of tea at the time – and highly ornate, the pair achieved £2,833*.



                                                   Sold: £2,833                                                                     Sold: £1,223                                                                     Sold: £1,674




Fine works from the studio of William Crosbie performed well in our Paintings department.

Large self-portraits, figure studies and nudes attracted dedicated bidding.

Famous Scottish names such as a charming work by Jessie Marion King achieved £1,288*, and a pastoral watercolour by John MacLauchlan Milne shot to over four times its high estimate, finally selling for £2,833*.




                        Sold: £1,228                                                                                   Sold: £2,833                                                                            Sold: £3,606


An eclectic selection of rare collectables sparked both local and international interest.

An Olympic Bearer’s Torch carried by Callum Dickson sold for £1,545*.

A Glasgow Rangers Scottish Cup 1930 Winner’s Medal shot to £2,318.

Of particular home interest was a rare 19th century album of ‘Glasgua’ and suburbs. Filled with snapshots of mundane and anecdotal incidents of Glaswegian life, attracting the attention of institutions and private buyers alike, the album sold for £3,477*.



                       Sold: £2,318                                                                                                Sold: £3,477                                                                                       Sold: £1,545


Impressive diamond rings and bracelets proved to be the most sought-after items in our jewellery department.

Two three stone rings achieved £3,220* and £8,372* respectively.

Quality tennis bracelets exceeded their estimates, selling for £2,060 and £5,280*.

Famous names such as Chopard and Kutchinsky excited bidders. A beautifully enamelled ring over doubling its high estimate, selling for £1,288*.



                         Sold: £5,280                                                                                            Sold: £8,372                                                                                    Sold: £1,288



*All prices include Buyer’s Premium.


Full results from our Winter Fine Sale can be viewed here.