Thomson Roddick & Medcalf. Buyer’s premium: 15 per centTWO large private consignments accounted for half the lots at Thomson Roddick & Medcalf’s Edinburgh sale and had the predictable effect of pulling in bidders from south of the Border.
The smaller, 30-lot consignment comprised furniture and gothic
revival artefacts being sold by the Jane Welsh Carlyle Museum in
Haddington, East Lothian to fund refurbishment during its current
The period furniture did not come with a Carlyle provenance.
Although Haddington-born Jane Welsh was the wife of Thomas Carlyle
(1795-1881), this material had been bought at the time of the
museum's opening in 1981.
The second contribution comprised 160 lots from Burnhead,
ancestral home of the Scott-Watson family at Hawick and much of the
furniture was in untouched 'country house' condition.
The auctioneers plan to disperse the 40 pictures from Burnhead on
The December sale's star came from Burnhead - an 1830, London-made
mantel regulator by Molyneux & Sons.
The market for such pieces of technical interest remains as strong
as ever and a dealer from the South of England pursued this gem, in
untouched condition, to £7000.
Also of note from Hawick was the elegantly proportioned nest of
four Regency quartetto tables made from an unusual mixture of yew,
burr yew and fruitwood. Of lovely quality, the tables tripled
expectations when they went at £4200 to a Scottish dealer.
Best entry from the museum also went to the Scottish trade - a
pair of Regency card tables which sold at £4600.
From other private sources came two entries attributed to the
Edinburgh cabinetmaker William Trotter whose plain style furniture
commands a loyal private following and, increasingly, a wider
A dealer from the English Midlands, confident that a Regency,
gilt-and-cream decorated armchair attributed to Trotter was the
real thing bid £1600 for ownership.
A Regency mahogany breakfast table catalogued as in the style of
William Trotter was knocked down to a Scottish furniture dealer at
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