Our final auction of the year, Scottish Paintings & Sculpture, took place on the chilly evening of 7th December in Edinburgh. Clients enjoyed warming glasses of red wine, as some serious bidding got underway in the room, on the phone and from international bidders online. Head of Sale and auctioneer Nick Curnow reflects on some of the top lots and key moments of the auction.
GEORGE LESLIE HUNTER (SCOTTISH 1877-1931)
A STILL LIFE OF FRUIT AND FLOWERS WITH PERSIAN CURTAIN
Signed, oil on board
Sold for £221,000 (including Buyer’s Premium)
The top lot of the night was George Leslie Hunter’s A Still Life of Fruit and Flowers with Persian Curtain. Strong bidding on the phone and in the saleroom, meant the picture finally sold for £221,000, against an estimate of £100,000-150,000.
FRANCIS CAMPBELL BOILEAU CADELL R.S.A., R.S.W. (SCOTTISH 1883-1937)
PORTRAIT STUDY OF NAN IVORY
Signed, signed and inscribed on stretcher verso, oil on canvas
Sold for £81,250 (including Buyer’s Premium)
Portrait Study of Nan Ivory had proven extremely popular when exhibited in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. On sale day this translated to a sale at £81,250.
[§] JOHN BELLANY O.B.E., R.A., H.R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1942-2013)
Signed and dated verso 1978, oil on canvas, unframed
Sold for £42,500 (including Buyer’s Premium)
There remains a strong demand for works by John Bellany, with works from the 1970s proving particularly popular. Two phone bidders went head to head over Dew-Genen-Ny until the hammer finally fell at £42,500.
HARRINGTON MANN R.P., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1864-1937)
Signed, oil on panel
Sold for £11,875 (including Buyer’s Premium)
Harrington Mann’s Girl’s Head had captured hearts and imaginations, during viewing in Edinburgh, inspiring lots of bidding on the day. This translated to a strong price of £11,875, against an estimate of £3,000-5,000.
Date for your diary
The next Scottish Paintings & Sculpture auction will take place in June 2018.
In the meantime, if you would like an up-to-date valuation of your Scottish Paintings, please contact Nick Curnow:
Nick Curnow | 0131 557 8844 | firstname.lastname@example.org