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The Hidden Delights of the Bergman Foundry

13th April 2017
Lot 182 in The Antiques & Works of Art Auction on 20th April 2017: Bergman cold painted bronze of an Arab figure   Franz Xavier Bergman (1861-1936) continued the work of his father's foundry which was established in ...


AN AUCTIONEER'S VIEW

16th February 2017
In the image there is a selection of my growing collection of gavels. To be honest, some are mallets, but they will do the same job. One is even marked 'lucky', written after a particularly successful sale. Alas, I have not been so lucky on the ...


TICK TOCK,TICK TOCK..GOING..GOING GONE!

23rd January 2017
Is your clock working? If it is, then the chances are it is worth a fair sum at auction. What is more, there has never been such a buoyant market for pieces such as this travel clock. So why the interest? Well, let's look at this ...


POST-WAR AND CONTEMPORARY BRITISH ART AT THOMSON RODDICK

10th January 2017
Gwyneth Johnstone (1915-2010), A Party, Oil on canvas Sold for £1,300   The popularity of post-war and contemporary British Art is growing daily and accounts for possibly as much as 40% of the British art market. So it is ...


Liquid Gold

3rd January 2017
Had you purchased a gold sovereign ten years ago, you would have likely paid in the region of £60 for it, nowadays that figure would be more than three times that. A sound investment indeed, however, there is a new gold on the block, ...


Breaking the Code

22nd May 2016
I am sure most of you, like myself, have seen the recent media coverage of the rare cipher machine being sold on eBay for £9.50. The item, described as a telegram machine, was advertised on the website and, luckily, was spotted by an ...


Dead Man's Penny

26th March 2016
It is strange to think why someone would collect another person's awards and medals. Why collect something so personal that commemorates another's achievements? Especially when the another in question is often unknown to the purchaser. But then ...


Time Ticks By

17th March 2016
We all complain about time passing us by and one of the things that features in all our lives are clocks and watches. For thousands of years devices have been made to follow and record time and the weather. The Clepsydra water-driven clock was one ...


Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

17th March 2016
Most of us know someone who loves diamonds, be it a ring or a pair of diamond-set cufflinks.  We are all attracted to the sparkle and romance connected with diamonds. The great film stars of the past such as Sophie Loren or Elizabeth Taylor ...


Tips for Saleroom Novices

20th January 2016
We have all watched television programmes about selling and buying items at auction. People are always nervous on their first visit to a saleroom, convinced if they sneeze they will end up carrying home an antique or some other treasures. Thomson ...


Doulton Lambeth

21st July 2015
Whenever I mention the word Doulton, people automatically think of Royal Doulton and the series of figures that they produced.  Some of the early ones can be very collectable such as “A Child Study” by Leslie Harradine (HN603), which ...


World Record Price for a Painting

21st July 2015
I read with some amazement recently about a painting that sold at auction in New York. The work by Pablo Picasso, “The Woman of Algiers”, realised a staggering £115 million pounds. The 1955 work by the Spanish artist created a new ...


Explorer, Author & Civil Servant

14th April 2015
Bertram Sidney Thomas C.M.G., O.B.E., (1892 – 1950), winner of gold medals for endeavour and exploration and the first European to cross The Empty Quarter of Arabia known as Rub al Khali. Thomson Roddick Scottish Auctions are honoured to ...


The Tale of the Mouse

14th April 2015
I am always excited when I see a little, carved, wooden mouse on a piece of furniture or on a carved object. This little, carved mouse with a tail tells a fascinating story. It means the item was made by the cabinetmakers Robert ...


Time Ticks By

18th January 2015
TIME TICKS BY We all complain about time passing us by and one of the things that features in all our lives are clocks and watches. For thousands of years devices have been made to follow and record time and the weather. The Clepsydra ...


Bid from the Comfort of your Armchair

2nd September 2014
Thomson Roddick Scottish Auctions have introduced internet bidding at their antique and collector's sales held in Dumfries and Edinburgh. This will attract bidders from all over the work and make sure vendor's lots are offered to the widest possible ...