SUMMER FINE ART & ANTIQUES AUCTION: CONSIGNMENTS INVITED
We are presently collecting items for our Summer Fine Art & Antiques Auction, taking place in June 2022.
Our quarterly auctions feature fine examples from notable makers, designers and artists, and are broadcast online worldwide, attracting a wide range of specialist collectors and connoisseurs.
Included in our sale will be;
Jewellery & Watches
Paintings, Watercolours & Prints
Contemporary Art & Sculpture
Asian, Ethnic Art & Antiquities
Coins and Banknotes
Ceramics, Clocks & Decorative Arts
Whisky, Wine & Champagne
Antique Furniture & Rugs
20th Century Design
Our Specialists will be delighted to appraise your items and offer free auction valuations whether it be a single piece or an entire collection.
Valuations continue to take place by appointment. To book an appointment, contact us via email or telephone 0141 954 1500.
Alternatively, fill out our online valuation form and a specialist will liaise with you regarding your items and consignment to auction.
Smaller items that have been valued via email may be posted to our premises and consigned to auction.
SPRING FINESALE HIGHLIGHTS
Our highly successful Spring Fine Sale achieved top market results across all departments. Two upholstered armchairs by the renowned Howard & Sons Ltd (lot 24 and 25), a London based Victorian firm noted for their use of top-quality materials and made-for-comfort furnishings, surged past their estimates to reach £2,318* and £3,220* respectively. While a lavish, large and rare ornithological study by Thomas Hall (lot 50), one of Britain’s earliest taxidermists flew to a price of £2,320*, the imposing Gothic Revival bookcases formerly of Dunimarle castle were fiercely fought over, achieving over £16,000* over three lots.
Lustrous jades in an array of shades attracted large international interest in our Asian and Ethnic arts departments. From lot 201, a richly mottled green archaistic style vessel, which sold for £1,803*, to the single owner collection of milky pale artefacts (lots 235-242), the auspicious stone proves ever popular. A striking bicolour, gilt bronze mounted plaquette carved with a fearsome dragon (Lot 236) proved to be the most sought after, achieving £7,084*.
Finely modelled animals from the premier factories such as Meissen (Lot 355, £966*) and Sevres (a green glazed polar bear by Paul Millet, £837*) sparked strong interested in our European ceramics department, while a rare set of bagpipes was hotly contested by international bidders in our collectables department, finally selling for £1,416*.
While quality diamonds such as lot 815, a pair of fine cushion cut drop earrings continue to attract strong market prices (£4,894*), fine coloured, stylish stones are attracting competitive bidding from perspective buyers. Lot 840, a citrine & diamond ring sold for £2,060*, and a superb opal and demantoid garnet necklace soared far above its estimate, achieving £2,833*.
Packed with a plethora of instantly recognisable names alongside high quality works, our Paintings and Contemporary art department produced top market results for many artists. The ever-popular Lanark Series by the beloved Alasdair Gray sold for £6,182*, while a rare, striking self portrait from early in his career fetched £10,304*. Avril Paton’s iconic depictions of Glasgow tenement life remain high in demand: one of the first in the series, Neighbours (Lot 1041) sold for £8,372*. Glasgow girl Ann Macbeth’s works on paper are scarce: her vicarious study of Isadora Duncan (1051) excited multiple bidders, finally selling for £2,318*.
Tapestries from the master weavers of The Dovecot studios performed exceptionally well. A pair of geometric examples by Shirley Gatt sold for £1,416*, while Humphrey Spender’s fiery Phoenix rose to £2,576*. A strong selection of sculptures spanning antique and contemporary sparked competitive international bidding. Alan Lydiat Durst’s playful marble animals (lot 1036 & 1046) sold for £1,803* and £4,508* respectively. Phyllis Mary Bone’s equally charming and finely carved boar and goat (lot 1103) achieved £837*. Figural bronzes from Jonathan Wylder (lot 1047) and Jean Tarrit (lot 1049) remain sought after pieces, selling for £1,094* and £772*. Works by two Polish artists attracted international bidding. Henryk Gotlib’s Three Girls in Lerici, a masterful example of the artist’s unique use of colour and texture, sold for £2,060*, while Tamara De Lempicka’s Young Lady with Gloves, a key work of the Art Deco era, sold for £3,220*.
The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the sale of Scottish colourist Samuel John Peploe’s Stormy Sea, Iona. With provenance dating back to Peploe’s Edinburgh dealer, Aitken Dott, and a key exhibition date at the Scottish Royal Academy Festival Exhibition in 1949, the sale marked the paintings first appearance on the market. The short strokes and dry brushwork, characteristic attributes of the painter, perfectly encapsulated the turbulent mysticism of the views of the island, a constant inspiration in Peploe’s oeuvre. The work achieved in excess of £50,000*.
*All prices include buyers premium.
Our Summer Fine Sale will feature more works from Scottish Colourists, this time George Leslie Hunter and Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell, along with a private collection of Moorcroft, fine Georgian silver, exquisite Regency jewellery, and much more.
Full results from our Spring Fine Sale can be viewed here.
HOUSE VISITS & ESTATE CLEARANCES
Carriage can be arranged for the transport of large items such as furniture to our premises at 1291 Dumbarton Road, G14 9UY.