Lindsay Burns & Company
Antique & General Sale
7th & 8th October 2021
The two day auction sale with online bidding and telephone bidding included the second offering of property from the deceased Estate of a former British Airways Area Manager, the property of a Perthshire Gentleman as well as multiple other properties from Perthshire, Angus, Fife, East Lothian and Edinburgh.
The jewellery in the sale was very well viewed and provided many of the bestselling lots. The surprise jewel of the auction was an Emerald bead (Lot 40B- AN EMERALD TUMBLED POLISHED STONE PEBBLE MOUNTED ON PART YELLOW METAL CHAIN, THE TUMBLE POLISHED DROP / PEBBLE OF 20MM LENGTH, ESTIMATED AT APPROXIMATELY 25CT, MOUNTED WITH A PIN AND LOOP ON THE REMAINING SECTION OF CHAIN IN YELLOW METAL, TESTED USING ELECTRO-CHEMICAL EQUIPMENT AND VALUED AS 18CT YELLOW GOLD. THE CENTRE BORE HOLE STRAIGHT THROUGH THE HEART OF THE STONE, THE PEAR DROP SHAPE AND POLISH ARE HEAVILY REMINISCENT OF MUGHAL INDIAN EMERALD STONES / DROPS OF THE 18TH / 19TH CENTURY) which was found in a drawer of a dressing table mirror (Lot 638) when consigned by a local Gentleman. Although it may have been lying hidden for some time its origins were likely several centuries ago in Mughal India. The rich colour, large size and exotic mystique clearly beguiled the buyers. It sold after a fifteen-minute battle between two determined telephone bidders for £4,800. The Gentleman’s collection also included a string of graduated amber beads (Lot 40A) which proved the continuing strong market for amber and exceeded their top estimate, selling for £1,170.
The other top jewellery lot was a pair of Art Deco ruby and diamond earrings (Lot 26). Beautifully made in the classic style of the great houses of the Art Deco period, these earrings evoked the oeuvre of Cartier. We have had the pleasure of selling Cartier jewels from this period in these rooms previously, including a pair of Art Deco white metal and diamond ear clips that sold for £10,000. After being very well viewed they were sold to an internet buyer for £2,040.
The Asian lots had many strong prices which were headed by a Chinese blue and white cup and cover (Lot 169A) with iron red bat figures. The piece had a six character mark for the late 19th century Qing Dynasty, Guangxu Emperor (1875 – 1908) and was very likely of the period. In Chinese the word for bat (fu) sounds identical to the word for good fortune, which makes bats an auspicious symbol in Chinese art. The five bats painted together on both the cup and the saucer represent the 'Five Blessings' (wufu); long life, wealth, health, love of virtue and a peaceful death. This lot was acquired by the current vendors great aunt who was a missionary in China during the 1920’s and in turn her uncle was also a missionary in China during the 1890's until he died in China in the early 1900's and the vendors old family photograph of these missionaries provided further confirmation of the provenance . The extremely fine decoration and early provenance produced a strong price of £2,100.
The other highlight of Chinese porcelain was a more modern but beautifully painted famille rose charger, (Lot 279), of kittens playing in a garden landscape. The artists delicate brush strokes of the kittens fur really brought them to life. After several international bidders competed online the hammer went down for well overestimate at £2,040.
The gold and silver lots in the Antiques & general sales continue to perform well with many lots exceeding their high estimates. Two notable pieces were an elaborately engraved Victorian silver salver (Lot 147) which made £320 and a good example of a gentlemen’s gold pocket watch (Lot 136) which sold for £500.
This sale played host to a huge selection of model planes, trains and automobiles and showed very good bidding in all fields. These all came from the deceased estate of a retired British Airways Captain and his love for transport and his time in the Caribbean were evident in the items he had collected. A very large selection of model trains, many in their original boxes, drew in a lot of interest from around the whole of the UK. One group of Hornby Triang models (Lot 402) managed to exceed four figures, selling at £1,100. The whole collection, also including model bombers, boats, warships and passenger aircraft made in excess of £15,000, which was an excellent result.
Make sure to view the items in our next Antique & General Sale on 11th & 12th of November 2021 once the catalogue goes live online. Lindsay Burns & Company’s Antique & General Sales always host a strong offerings of Asian Art, Jewellery, Silver, Gold, Ceramics, Works of Art, Militaria, Coins, Books, Clocks, Furniture and Paintings for both the collector and those with an interior designer’s eye.
All prices including Buyer’s Premium of 20% + VAT
Notes to Editors
Lindsay Burns & Company is a family run firm of Auctioneers and Valuers located in Perth, conducting quarterly Antiques and Fine Art Sales together with regular Antique & General Sales. All our auctions are conducted live online via our state of the art live bidding platform. We provide valuations for sale, inheritance tax and insurance as well as advise on the sale of Antiques, Fine Art and Chattels. With our own transport we are well equipped to undertake the uplift of a single item or clear an entire estate.
Established in 1982, the saleroom and offices at located at 6 King Street in Perth. The premises date back to 1834 and the interior with its stained and leaded glass windows provides a suitable background for the sale of Antiques, Fine Art and Chattels. With its own car park the consignment and collection of goods is simple and convenient. For further information please visit www.lindsayburns.co.uk