Lindsay Burns & Company
Antique & General Sale
2nd & 3rd September 2021
The two day auction sale with online bidding and telephone bidding included the second offering of property from Eastertyre House in Perthshire as well as multiple other properties from Perthshire, Angus, Fife and Edinburgh.
The undisputed star of the auction was the small but very finely painted 19th century Russian icon of a Saint, dated 1867, lot 164. The gilt background was incised with a beautiful design and the Saint’s halo picked out in white beading to imitate pearls which also denoted his holiness. It sold for £3,000 to an International internet buyer.
A large winter landscape, lot 587, by the Scottish Highlands born artist Donald M Shearer flew away after a long battle to a telephone bidder for £2,700. Shearer, who is known for his studies of the Highland landscapes, executed this example in delicate pastel shades of purple and pink which truly captured both the nature of winter evening light and the buyer’s interest.
The jewellery lots had many strong prices which were headed by two Victorian suites of enamel and split pearl sets, still in their original silk lined boxes, lot 37. The brooches and earrings truly captured the spirit of the Victorian age, with their lustrous colours and delicate fringing. They sold after heated bidding for well over estimate at £2,040.
A very fine floral Art Deco period Paragon coffee set, lot 341, sold for £1,740, a price which surely must be getting close for a world record! All the pieces were in excellent condition with floral modelled handles, beautifully hand painted in delicate pastel shades. A perennial favourite, Moorcroft, kept the floral theme on a role with a strong price of £1,500 for a poppies and forget-me-not signed vase, lot 192.
The visual delights were not all in plain sight, some were found in a beautiful limited vellum bound edition of the ‘Rubiyat of Omar Khayyam’, lot 172. The flowing verses of the 11th century Persian poet were supplemented with a series of magical illustrations in this edition produced by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. This copy was also signed by hand in ink by the publishers, it’s rarity led to a strong result of £1,320.
A collection of ephemera from a Scottish football legend, lot 200, Arthur Barnes, certainly excited fans of the game on sale day. The very personal collection of medals, portraits and newspaper cutting really brought such life to his achievement on the pitch. This unique collection was hammered down at £1,080 to a British bidder.
A rare Bovey Pottery ‘Our Gang’ figure of a WWII British Staff Sergeant, lot 141, generated huge amounts of interest. Made at the Bovey Pottery in Devon c.1940 this figure was one of a set of nineteen that made up ‘Our Gang’, a group of small pottery figures made to commemorate the war time efforts of both the Allied Commanders and Rank & File. Estimated at £30-70 it went onto sell for £700 to an online bidder underbid by a telephone bidder. An excellent result highlighting just how rare this figure is.
One sector of the furniture market that has seen a real uptake in interest is the Mid 20th century look characterised by lot 763 a G-Plan teak ‘Fresco’ range chest of 6 drawers. Featured in the 1974 G-Plan catalogue it was described as “Its soft curves give Fresco a distinctive beauty and a delicate blending of modernity and restfulness”. It sold for £200 (pre-sale estimate of £50-100), this is certainly one area of the market to watch as prices are slowly creeping up.
Make sure to view the items in our next Antique & General Sale on 7th & 8th of October 2021 when the catalogue goes live online at the end of the month. Lindsay Burns & Company’s Antique & General Sales always host a strong offerings of 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. The Auctioneers are able to 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