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)
Forthcoming Christmas Antique & Decorator’s Auction
Saturday 10th December 2016, Further Entries Invited
Last year’s Christmas auction was busy and prices buoyant. Silver and Jewellery did consistently well with particular highlights included an unusual set of twelve sterling silver salts in the form of mussel shells which achieved £600, a diamond solitaire mounted on platinum achieving £1500 and a diamond and emerald bracelet in the Art Deco taste achieving £2300.
Our Fine Paintings Sale will take place in Spring 2017. The sale will include the iconic self portrait by James Miller RSA (1893-1987), The Artist in His Studio. The Sale will include a collection of approximately twenty watercolours also by Miller, making this the largest sale of his work at auction to date. Born in Glasgow, he lived for many years in Dunvegan, Skye. He is well known for his magnificent architectural landscapes and his figure paintings which show a firm, clear hand and perception of the sitter’s character. His self portrait, The Artist in His Studio is a particularly fine example of his figurative work.
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