Last sale at auction house

Swan and Turner's last sale at its Jedburgh auction rooms takes place on February 11.

Sunday, 29th January 2017, 7:49 am
A bronze horse statue

Brian Richardson, chief executive of H&H Group Plc, said: “It is extremely disappointing that a saleroom which has become so well established in the Borders has to close its doors.”

The decision, taken as the lease is up for renewal, follows a review of the finances involved.

“Going forward, our focus remains on the mart operation at St Boswells. We have seen good progress in developing market share there since we acquired the business,” said Mr Richardson.

An Aladdin’s cave of antiques and collectables is on offer at the sale, ith more than 700 lots going under the hammer.

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An almost life- size sculpture of a horse and jockey is without a doubt the highlight of the sale. Standing at 80 inches high, the bronze figure with guide price of between £5,000 and £7,000 would undeniably be a delightful addition to any racing yard or equestrian business.

A pair of important, early 19th century, large English, hand-painted, porcelain, lidded vases is also expected to be another highlight of this February sale. Standing at 21 inches high, these magnificent vases are estimated to reach between £1,500 and £2,500. Another notable item, and a real collector’s, piece is a Coco de Mer Shell, now a protected species, it is being sold with a guide price of £300 - £500.

Swan and Turner have always been renowned for selling fine art and paintings and this sale will not disappoint. There is an exceptionally good entry of original oils and watercolours, including a magnificent Duncan Cameron, painting of Corn Stooks near Loch Carron, estimated at between £2,000 and £3,000. An atmospheric watercolour by local artist, John Blair, of Cove Harbour, Berwickshire, is in excellent condition and is expected to reach between £1,000 and £1,500. Other noted artists represented in the sale include Henry J Bobson, David Murray, J Murray Thomson and J Henderson.

This February sale also sees a quality entry of period furniture, including: a Victorian Burr Walnut Library Table by Howards of London, estimated at £800 - £1,200; a Bechstein Arts and Crafts Upright Piano with a guide price of £600 to £900; and a Regency Bracket Clock by Ballard of Cranbrook estimated at £600 - £800. In addition to a large and varied selection of Regency, Georgian and Victorian pieces there are six Longcase clocks.