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From bonnie prince to little piggies

Edinburgh auction offering a range of Scottish lots is good test of specific market strengths

So much more successful than their 18th century forebears, today’s Jacobites go from strength to strength.

Newest victory, at the scene of past triumphs, was the Scottish Sale held by Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) in Edinburgh on August 16.

Top-seller among the 450 lots (78% of which sold for a hammer total of £310,000) was the wine glass by Stirling goldsmith and Jacobite soldier Patrick Murray which went to a private collector at a double-estimate £20,000 (see Pick of the Week, ATG No 2305).

The glass, credibly said to have been used by Bonnie Prince Charlie himself to toast his father James, came with a sound provenance to the powerful Bruce clan whose guest the prince had been.

In a field where repro pieces began to be produced as far back as the early 19th century – engravers added Jacobite symbols to 18th century glasses – provenance is hugely important.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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