Mysterious Scottish family portrait is among five lots to watch



Scottish painting by Otto Leiden – estimate £1000-1500 at Bellmans.

1. Scottish family portrait

The Old, British and European Paintings auction at Bellmans on October 11 includes a Scottish painting by Otto Leiden (1835-1897).

He was born in East Prussia, but moved to Edinburgh in 1854, first exhibiting at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1858. He is known for his portraits of families in Scottish society but also for his subjects, often with strong Scottish theme.

This oil on canvas portrait, above, signed and dated 1862 of four children and their red setter has strong Scottish ties, although the caretakers are currently unknown. The boys are dressed in kilts and the girls in blue and white dresses.

A guard is holding a golf club.

2. Carved wooden figure of a saint


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A 16th century Tyrolean carved wood and polychrome figure of a saint, possibly Francis of Assisi – estimate £3,000-5,000 at Wimbledon auction.

Wimbledon Auctions is holding its first sale on October 10. It includes this 16th century Tyrolean wood carving and the polychrome figure of a saint, possibly Francis of Assisi.

Standing (1.42cm) tall, he has an estimate of £3,000-5,000.

3. Falklands War Medals

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Group of Falklands War military medals of Corporal Michael Eccles, 42 Commando, Royal Marines – estimate £30,000-40,000 at Plymouth auction houses.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War.

The Battle of Mount Harriet, June 12, 1982, was an intense night attack by “K” Company. Corporal Michael Eccles, 42 Commando, Royal Marines, led his men under fierce machine gun and rocket fire towards the Argentine position, overtaking them and securing the critical heights above Port Stanley. The Argentine surrender was received on June 15.

For his gallantry during these operations, Corporal Eccles was awarded the Military Medal – one of only 10 awarded during the conflict and one of four awarded to 42nd Company. He then served in Northern Ireland, northern Iraq and southern Turkey.

The Eccles family, living in Plymouth, decided to put the group of four medals and miniatures up for auction at Plymouth auction houses on October 11, where they carry an estimate of £30,000-40,000.

4. Emerald Brooch


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Late 19th century emerald and diamond pendant/brooch – estimate £2000-3000 at Lyon & Turnbull.

This late 19th century emerald and diamond pendant/brooch is set to fetch £2,000-3,000 at the Select Jewelery & Watches sale hosted by Lyon & Turnbull in London on October 11.

According to a Gemological Certification Services (GCS) report, the cushion-shaped square emerald, weighing approximately 2.30 carats, is a natural Colombian stone with no insignificant indications of clarity enhancement.

Estimate £1000-1500.

5. Tongan paddle

A tribal paddle discovered in a Derby house is valued at £2,000-4,000 at Hansons’ Etwall auction on October 14.

It is believed to come from Tonga, it is dated April 14, 1830 and bears an inscription saying: William Murray, in a great hurry, took me in his hand. From a Conoa. Ground. To Vavaoo and brought me to this land. I have come to the end of my journey. To present. To a friend.