Brown & Turner News

16th May Live Online Auction

We wanted to take this opportunity to update you on Brown & Turner’s plans for the coming weeks.  The auction set to take place on the 28th March will now take place on Saturday 16th May, as a live online auction, and will adhere strictly to government and scientific advice on social distancing to ensure the safety of our buyers, sellers and Brown & Turner team. 

We are delighted to be showcasing our new online bidding system via with a reduced internet surcharge of 3% + VAT (Saleroom is 4.95%).  In addition, people will be able to call into our live conference call facility to listen and bid on the auction as well as leave commission bids.

With the announcement by UK government’s chief medical adviser, Chris Witty, that some form of “very socially disruptive” distancing measures will be needed for at least the rest of the year and possibly until a vaccine for COVID-19 is found, a move to online auctions behind closed doors is the only viable and safe option for the foreseeable future.

Contactless Delivery

Our in house, professional, removal team are perfectly set to provide contactless delivery and collection service reducing any delays or dilemmas when buying or selling items. Alternatively, buyers are welcome to collect items by appointment to ensure social distancing provisions are adhered too.

All items will be available to view on the week prior to the 16th May by appointment to ensure social distancing is adhered too.  For those who do not wish to visit the sale room we can provide video viewings and additional pictures.  All vendor payments will be paid 2 weeks after the auction.

As further guidance comes, we will endeavour to adapt and keep you up to date, in the meantime the industry is moving online to provide a continued service to our sellers and buyers.  Thank you again for you continued support and we look forward to welcoming you online on Saturday 16th May.

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome

“Brown and Turner & StorageXpress, are launching a support network, utilising our and other vehicles and manpower, to help those suffering due to COVID-19.  Best-In-Tent are on board and we are looking for others should the demand warrant it.

We want to offer support to those who are vulnerable or have had to self-isolate, primarily in rural and hard to reach locations, people whose families may be farming, providing front line services etc and unable to help their loved ones.

Supplies can be collected from local business, butchers, bakers, grocers, to get what people want from their local suppliers and any extras could be collected utilising the click and collect system.

The concept is to fund this purely from donations which will be used to subsidise wages and costs of those involved.  It is not for profit.   We have a dedicated phone number for anyone that requires assistance, please dial 01450 390041 and let us know what we can do for you.”

Saturday 28th March Auction cancelled

This is a very hard time for everybody, throughout the country, and we want to adapt our business to ensure the safe continuation of our services to all our customers.  Today’s challenges are not welcomed, but they will be met with a determined and flexible approach, utilising technology and everything in our armoury to ensure we ride this storm.

These are very challenge times for everyone and we are committed to provide additional support to those who need assistance and are looking into a web based valuation system.   

We hope to have this up and running in the near future.

COVID-19 Update – 20th March 2020

In these difficult and uncertain times, Brown & Turner are turning to technology to ensure that everyone is still able to view, bid & consign items. For their auction on Saturday 28th March buyers will be able to join the auction through the Brown & Turner website and bid for items at the reduced internet surcharge of 3% + VAT (saleroom is 4.95% + VAT). 

In addition, for those without access to the internet, they can call into a conference call to listen to the auction and bid.  Viewings will be done by appointment or video call.  Collections and deliveries will be available from the Brown & Turner in house removal specialists removing any dilemmas when buying or selling items.

Again, for those wanting to consign items to forthcoming auctions, goods can be valued over the phone, pictures sent and video appointments booked.   

To view and bid online visit or call 01835 863445 for any queries.

Results from the Saturday November Sale

Over 370 lots went under the hammer in Brown and Turner’s auction of Antiques, Fine Art and Jewellery on Saturday. The highlight was Lot 106, a Japanese Export Lacquered Work Box with a quantity of Chinese Mother of Pearl gaming counters, mostly crested and bearing the signature “vi et copia”. The hammer went down at £2,400.

The lot, probably from the Meiji period, was consigned from Edinburgh and gained interest online with 4 internet bidders and 2 telephone bidders. The buyer is UK based and paid nearly 5 times over the estimate showing the growing popularity of Japanese artefacts.

   Japanese Export Lacquered Work Box

Lot 182, John Moore’s (British 19th century) “Boats at Rough Sea” oil on canvas drew a lot of interest online, on the phone and in the room. The well known 19th century British artist’s painting made £950 to a UK phone bidder.

 John Moore’s (British 19th century) “Boats at Rough Sea” oil on canvas

Lot 322, a Set of William IV Scottish Mahogany Dining Chairs were sold by a local private client. The twelve chairs and one carver gained a lot of interest in the room and on the phone and were finally bought for £1,200.

Set of William IV Scottish Mahogany Dining Chairs

Saturday 2nd November Antiques, Fine Art & Jewellery Auction



Craig Mulholland (Scottish Born 1969) "Study of a Model 1993"

Lot 236 Craig Mulholland (Scottish Born 1969) “Study of a Model 1993
Oil on Gesso Board, 61cm x 61cm, to verso label for Scottish Gallery, Dundas St Edinburgh, exhibition 11th September – 7th October 93, framed
Estimate: £700 – £1,000

Mulholland is an artist whose work bridges any number of divides. He is a highly skilled painter whose career, since graduation from Glasgow in 1991, has included exhibitions at some of the country’s most illustrious venues. Yet in recent years his work has also been seen in places considered the epitome of contemporary cool such as Tate Britain and the Whitechapel Project Space. His handiness with a paintbrush is not in doubt, yet these days, he is as well known for his digital animations as his brushwork.

Awarded the Glasgow Visual Artists Award and the Creative Scotland Artist Award, he lives and works in Glasgow and is currently course leader and lecturer in Fine Art at The Glasgow School Of Art. He has founded the artists collective OPERA AUTONOMA and also collaborates with artist Michelle Hannah as PICANA ELECTRICA

Famille Rose Charger Steals the Show

Over 350 lots went under the hammer in Brown and Turner’s auction of Antiques, Fine Art, Jewellery and Classic Cars on Saturday.  The highlight was Lot 57, a Large Chinese Famille Rose Charger of The Qing Dynasty (Guangxu period 1874-1908), with the hammer going down at £27,000.

The Charger was consigned from Northumberland and gained huge interest with 6 internet bidders taking the lot up to £23,000.  The 8 telephone bidders then took over, with the hammer going down at £27,000. The buyer was UK based and delighted with his purchase.

It is believed that the Charger, along with other Chinese porcelain, was imported from China at the beginning of the last century, by the vendor’s Great Uncle.  The Charger then passed to the vendor’s Grandfather in a game of cards to divide the childless Great Uncle’s estate.  Subsequently it passed to the vendor from her mother.  The news of the sale was a great surprise to the vendor on her return from holiday on Tuesday.

Dennis Clark, Brown and Turner’s Auctioneer and Valuer, said, “We were delighted with the Famille Rose Charger and the interest we gained in it. It is a beautiful piece depicting two polychrome Imperial five claw dragons, synonymous with the Emperor, symbolising his imperial power.  During the Qing dynasty the 5 claw dragon was strictly reserved for the Emperor’s use.  The final hammer price was significantly above the market estimate and highlights the exciting element of auctions. It is great to find a piece like this locally and underlies the reach we have globally.”

Brown & Turner took over the auction house in Jedburgh 2 years ago, with some already notable lots going under the hammer.  A Fine and Rare Italian Florentine Grand Tour Scagliola Table Top, Circle of Don Pietro Belloni, circa mid 18th century, made £19,500 and A Fine French Painted & Ruby & Diamond Set Fan by Jules Donzel, circa 1880, made £8,000, one of the highest priced fans sold in the UK.

Do you have a hidden gem at home? Brown & Turner carry out free valuations including classic cars at their showroom in Jedburgh, 36 High Street, to book an appointment call 01835 863445.  They will also be in the following areas on these dates: St Boswells – Wednesday 9th October; Alnwick – Wednesday 16th October; Berwick – Wednesday 23rd October; Morpeth – Wednesday 30th October; Haddington – Wednesday 6th November; Dumfries – Wednesday 13th November; Lanark – Wednesday 20th November; Peebles – Wednesday 27th November; Carlisle – Wednesday 4th December. To book your valuation slot please call 01835 863445.


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