Furniture At Auction? McTear's says YES!


Posted in: Works of Art & Furniture
Posted on: 15 January 2015
Furniture At Auction? McTear's says YES! The Furniture & Works of Art Auction on Tuesday 13th January kicked off in style with lot 346, a Victorian bronze lantern, storming away after fierce competition in the saleroom, online and on the telephone at £2000 (to a bidder who braved the weather and won it in the room). A wee bundle of joy came in the form of lot 383, a Leica camera with case and lens. Doubling its estimate, it made quite a splash at £900 on the night.

We can’t discuss highlights from this auction without mentioning the Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson pieces. First up, was lot 401, the Mouseman nest of tables. With gorgeous mice detailing, as usual, the nest was snapped up at a stunning £600! Next up, lot 402, the Mouseman coffee table, also sold above estimate at £360. The next (lovely) surprise came with lot 435, the Mouseman chopping board. The hammer fell at £220. But wait… lot 436 came up next in the auction and the saleroom was agog at the resulting £850 hammer! The bookends were stunning and the mice looked truly alive. With huge pre-auction interest, we knew the hammers would be good on these lovely pieces, but we were all pleasantly surprised with the final results.

The fashion for ‘brown furniture’ continues to develop in this auction. The old saying that ‘nobody wants it’ was proven wrong again. Lot 479, a Gothic revival oak hall settle, which proved popular over the view and had lovely detailing, stormed out at £600 hammer to an online bidder, triple the lower estimate. A similarly popular lot was lot 454, a William IV burr elm tea table, which made a solid £360.

The next auction takes place on 17th February and entries are currently invited. For a valuation please email auction@mctears.co.uk or call Magda Ketterer on 0141 810 2880.



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