Did you know that this Christmas more people bought online on Christmas Day than attended a Church Service? Early figures indicate that over 5 million e-shoppers logged on from 1am on Christmas morning outnumbering the 4.5 million church goers. It seems that buyers are willing to brave the sales albeit from the comfort of their own antique chairs!
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Antiques partner brings US closer
Well we’re ringing in the New Year with a fantastic offer of more buyers and a wider marketplace for dealers at Antiques.co.uk. We have teamed up with our US partner GoAntiques.com to make sure that all your items are being seen across the pond as well. The site currently boasts 350,000 visitors a month and every time you put a listing onto Antiques.co.uk it will automatically be listed onto our US partner website for free. That gives you a saving of $50 per month and a whole new audience to attract. So get your items listed today and don’t miss out on a truly global 24/7 marketplace.
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New Discoveries for the art world
A tea chest, nestled in a Borders property, unearthed a rather exciting present for the art world after 16 topographical drawings by the ‘father of British watercolour painting’ Samuel Scott (1701/2–72) were revealed. The residing family had been unaware of their existence and the drawings had been stored for at least two generations, folded under a pile of books, before being discovered in a reasonable condition. They were unframed, unsigned, some even unfinished, but when picture specialist John Thomson researched them he also found them to be unpublished works. It emerged after the sale that the family had ancestral links to the Bristol and Bath area where, sometime around 1766, Scott retired with gout.
One of the 16 rediscovered Samuel Scott watercolour drawings
Thames wharf & shipbuilding, watercolour over pencil with pen additions which made £52,000.
The watercolour, pencil and ink sketches on joined paper – some over 3ft across and with ink annotations in the artist’s hand – were predominantly views of the Thames and dated from the mid-1740s. It had been the arrival of Canaletto in London in 1746, which prompted Scott to extend his talents from marine painting to the topographical views of the Thames and its bridges for which he is now best known. As a painter in oils, Scott has commanded very substantial sums including a 1746 oil of The Thames at Westminster Bridge with barges, which sold for a premium-inclusive £1,632,000.
In fact, the exceptional caches of rediscovered Scott pictures of this size and in watercolours are a rarity and they collectively sold for more than £300,000 with ten works making five-figure sums. Agnews’ Christopher Kingzett (whose father wrote Scott’s catalogue raisonné) bought a number of works, including one of the large London views, A Wood Yard by the Thames at Nine Elms, 34cm x 89cm, at £50,000. Another London dealer bid on a further 11 works, including a view of shipbuilding on a Thames wharf with Westminster Bridge beyond, knocked down at £52,000 – a price shared with another view of buildings by the Thames which could well be an auction record for a Scott watercolour.
Featured Item of the Month
This month's Featured Item is a 19th Century Watercolour Album.
An incomplete album of 41 watercolours and pencil drawings all inscribed by Lady Isabella Duckett English from 1845 to 1867 all various sizes