Stags succeed at Scottish sale

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Stags succeed at Scottish sale

31 Aug 2012, 16:40 GMT+01

Following the success of part I of Bonhams’ Scottish sale on August 20th, results are in for Part II, held on the 29th.

The top seller was a beautiful George II era Scottish silver coffee urn, an egg shaped body with cabriole legs and paw feet, serpentine handles, ivory fan spigot and mythical head spout. This stunning piece of silverware was designed by Alexander Johnston, a silver making and fierce Jacobite, a member of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Life Guards. Coffee was widely drunk among wealthy Scottish society in the 18th century, yet surviving coffee pots are rare. The urn fetched £18,125 at Edinburgh on Wednesday.

The second highest price realised was stolen by a stag, a realistic silver model, 51cm high made in 1978 in London by Garrard & Co. The red deer stag is a Scottish icon, featuring heavily in Scottish folklore and Highland poetry, and stags are widespread in Scotland. The model sold for £17,500. A 1918 Edinburgh enamelled Triptych by Phoebe Anna Traquair depicting saints matched this price.

A mid-18th century rare luckenbooth brooch, attributed to Hugh Ross of Tain fetched £15,000. It is thought to be the only Tain-made brooch on record.

Two lots of Jacobite glass, circa 1950, did well, a light baluster wine glass selling for £4,000, and two Jacobite firing glasses selling for £5,625. Both depicted delicate rose engravings, the Jacobite symbol, and the word ‘Redeat’, the Jacobite motto.

What Scottish sale would be complete without a plethora of whiskey and weapons? An 18th century classic Scottish dirk with Celtic designs fetched £4,750, an 18th century 32-bore flintlock pistol £5,625, and an 18th century basket hilted back sword reached £9,375.

Nicely rounding off this celebration of Scottishness, a rare set of ivory and gold mounted bagpipes sold for £8,750.

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