Regency sampler sold for £4600
Healthy price for painful piece. The sampler, offered by Edinburgh auction house, Ramsay Cornish, on September 24th was estimated at £200-400. Given the fall in demand for such pieces, particularly 19th. century ones, this did not seem overly pessimistic. Worked by Jane Smithers, aged 13, 1822, in coloured and gilt threads, it cam in a 32 x 55cm period rosewood frame.
A country house and singing birds provided a cheerful background to the verse: Disease and pain invade our health/And find an easy prey/And oft when least expected wealth/takes wings and flies away/The gourds from which we look for frais/Produce us only pain/A worm unseen attacks the root/And all our hopes are vain.
Of course, to adapt PG Wodehouse, it has never been hard to tell the difference between a Scottish 19th century tutor of teenage girls and a ray of sunshine.
Considerable joy for the vendor, however – the sampler triggered a bidding battle between two enthusiasts and sold at £4600.
(Antiques Trade Gazette: issue 2268)
Our Fine Paintings Sale will take place on Saturday 6th May 2017. Further Entries Invited. This promises to be an exciting sale and will include works by a range of artists including Barbara Rae, Anne Redpath, James Miller and Tom Scott (illustrated).
Previous highlights sold by Ramsay Cornish have included two small works by L.S. Lowry, each selling for over £50,000, Robert Gemmel Hutchison, Children on a Beach sold for £13,000, and Portrait of a Lady by Scottish artist, Robert Burns for £53,000, a record price for a work by Burns. The market for paintings remains buoyant with collectors and investors alike making this an ideal time to buy or sell.
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