Media Release: Strathpeffer valuation day for Friends of the Pavillion


Thursday July 23, 2pm-7pm

THE Friends of the Pavilion, Strathpeffer are hosting a valuation day by Bonhams specialists, giving members of the public the opportunity of finding out whether that picture in the attic is really a Rembrandt.

Bonhams will be providing valuations for jewellery, silver, ceramics, paintings, books, Asian art, country sporting items, and all general antiques and collectible pieces to raise funds for the Pavilion.

Says a spokesperson: “Bonhams are the only firm of international auctioneers and valuers with a saleroom in Scotland and are leaders for Scottish art, whisky, sporting artefacts and many other specialist areas of collecting.

“Auctions are held in Edinburgh and London but the team of valuers cover all of Scotland on a regular basis and are able to visit you to view larger items.”

The spokesperson added: “The market for antiques has changed over the last couple of decades with different articles now more popular and nowhere is this more noticeable than the Chinese market.

“With the Scots being great travellers around the globe, many works of art were brought back home by our ancestors and the Chinese are prepared to bid large sums to buy them back.

“Have you looked for that rare or unusual item on the back of your cupboard?”

The spokesperson continued: “Another very buoyant area for collectors is whisky, with buyers all over the world attending the sales either in person or on the internet, illustrating how the new technologies are helping the antiques world.

“Rare bottlings and editions have risen in price dramatically over the last few years and have proved a better investment than anything else.

“Jewellery and gold always remain popular and with the price of precious metals being at an all time high, we often ask our clients if they are wearing it or just insuring it.

“Antique jewellery and silver often buck the metal value trend and command interest above and beyond that with international demand for good quality antique pieces outstripping supply.”

Items expected include:

- Oriental wooden screen
– Chinese silver tea service
– Chinese brush pot
– Maori fishing stick
– Wainwright drawing

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For further press information, contact Martin Hunt at Tartan Silk PR Email:, tel: 0131 557 0341, mob: 07767 401 760.

Recent examples of items consigned to Bonhams include:

Farquharson is always a popular artist and can sell over £100K. This small painting, ‘To Winter Quarters at Strathpeffer’ achieved £23,750. JOSEPH FARQUHARSON, RA (BRITISH, 1846-1935). To Winter Quarters at Strathpeffer, signed ‘J Farquharson’ (lower left), bears title on dealer’s label (verso) oil on board
24.5 x 34.5 cm.

A collection of jewellery that came from a property in the Inverness area. Sold above expectations – for over £100,000.

Local Ross-shire distillery, Dalmore has seen some strong bidding at specialist whisky auctions at Bonhams, Edinburgh, New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong.

Here are two examples that we have sold, the second with tasting notes:

Dalmore 150th anniversary 30 year-old – 1959
Distilled and bottled by Whyte & MacKay to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Dalmore Distillery.

Limited Edition Edinburgh Crystal decanter with engraved sterling silver label – number 20, of 50. In presentation case, accompanied by crystal stopper. Single malt, cask strength. One crystal decanter, £3,750.

The Dalmore Oculus

Vatted malt, cask strength. One crystal decanter. Long recognised as a single malt that truly shines as a result of long ageing, has some of Scotland’s oldest and most valuable maturing stocks. Never before created, never to be repeated. Sold £28,750.

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