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The only dedicated auction of silver to be held in Scotland takes place in Glasgow, at McTear’s. It comprised the standard large array of tableware, such as trays, ‘sticks, salvers and services, competition for a pair of Georgian silver candle snuffers was intense, the eventual winner from London fighting off strong international interest. The eventual hammer price continuing to underline demand for high quality pieces of 19th century silver craftsmanship. Dating from the early 1800s, this pair exhibited a technically brilliant mechanical motion which proves remarkable even in the 21st century.
Amidst the array of antique silver ware, objects of recent manufacture did not pass under the radar of collectors. Dating from the 1970s, a beautifully formed silver chess set by Cyril Endfield of London proved a most unmissable highlight of the auction. An example of the official commemorative chess set for the 1972 chess match between the American player Bobby Fischer and the Russian Boris Spassky, this exquisitely formed set featured silver and gilded pieces which slot quirkily together. Proving incredibly popular with buyers in the UK and beyond, this splendid chess set eventually sold to a buyer based in Germany.
The next auction of Silver takes place on 1 July, entries are now invited. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, visit our Glasgow Galleries or contact one of our specialists, James Bruce or Hannah Murphy, by clicking this link and completing the short form.
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