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August 10, 2020 - Filed under: Antiques News — David

After a Perthshire manor house changed owners, an antique chest that once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots was discovered.

The 15th century Barmondy House, near Alyth in Perthshire, was sold during the coronavirus lockdown. Nick Burns, the director of an auction house, was asked to sell some valuable items among the home’s contents.

Burns found many interesting antiques, including an antique chest thought to have been left by Mary Stewart at Cadzow Castle in 1568 before she went to the Battle of Langside. It is not clear how the chest ended up at Barmondy House, where it had been used to store documents.

Inside the chest was a letter of provenance that proved it was genuinely owned by the Scottish queen. Around the sides of the chest are figures of saints in cloisters.

The auction house has found it difficult to estimate the value of the antique. A 16th-century chest usually goes for a high price, but the association with Mary, Queen of Scots adds further value. On top of the winning bid amount, the purchasers will have to pay fees and commission.

There has been considerable interest in the chest, which suggests it may fetch a very hefty sum, and there is currently a high demand for antiques that are associated with historical figures and royalty.

You can find fine examples of antique chests at Lancashire dealers, but you are perhaps unlikely to find one that was owned by royalty.

August 3, 2020 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — Harriet

People love to watch the BBC program Antiques Roadshow to see the surprised faces of visitors whose items have been valued very high. Sometimes, however, the opposite happens. A man who recently brought in a portrait he thought was worth around a million pounds was sorely disappointed to find out it was worth (more…)

July 27, 2020 - Filed under: Antiques Advice — David

‘Cottagecore’ is an innovative home fashion that features antique furniture and traditionally designed fabrics.

According to Jessica Doyle, writing in the Telegraph, cottagecore expresses (more…)

July 20, 2020 - Filed under: Auctions — Richard

An antique brass-trimmed wood box holding everything needed to fight vampires is being sold at auction.

The kit includes a (more…)

July 13, 2020 - Filed under: Antiques News — Harriet

A student in Greenfield, Monterey, California discovered a 105-year-old Glasgow newspaper in an old wardrobe he was using for salvage wood.

Javier Martinez noticed some paper (more…)

July 6, 2020 - Filed under: Antiques News — David

Antique dealers have been opening their doors to customers once again following the easing of the lockdown. In order to re-open, they have had to make sure that shops are Covid-19 secure.

Customers will now find (more…)

June 29, 2020 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — Richard

Marc Alum, an expert for many years on the television programme Antiques Roadshow, told a reporter from the Daily Express that a Leica camera he valued almost 20 years ago was sold for a considerable amount more than his original valuation.

His valuation was given on a (more…)

June 22, 2020 - Filed under: Antiques News — Harriet

After being closed for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, antique shops have re-opened. There is cautious optimism amongst antique dealers that sales will pick up.

Antique shops have introduced a (more…)

June 15, 2020 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — David

The Bidding Room is a new BBC afternoon television show that claims to redefine what antiques are.

According to the show’s presenter (more…)

June 8, 2020 - Filed under: Antiques News — Richard

The Ivory Act became law in December 2018 and severely restricts the sales of antiques containing ivory to a narrow range of items. The Friends of Antique Cultural Treasures Ltd launched a legal challenge to overturn the ban. On May 18th, 2020, the Court of Appeal dismissed its claim that the Ivory Act “went too far”.

The ban is one of (more…)

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