McTear's

Founded in Glasgow in 1842, McTear’s hold a wide range of specialist sales including Asian works of art, pictures, jewellery, clocks, watches, coins, silver, ceramics and glass, wine and whisky and Scottish Modern and Contemporary art.

Their current owner, auctioneer and managing director is Brian Clements who joined the company in 1987.


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Scottish Cup medal from 1923 gives reminder of Celtic celebration at Glasgow sale

03 December 2018

A Glasgow bidder in the room secured a Scottish Cup medal won in 1923 by a player from the green and white half of the Old Firm.

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Five places to find art and antiques in Scotland next week including a pair of gold pencils and a fairground scene by a British violinist-turned-painter

30 November 2018

Over the next week, dive into the Scottish art and antiques scene first-hand, or go online to snap up treasures such as a Highland light infantry shako.

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Saleroom selection: three artworks under £800 including a work by Punch illustrator Arthur George Watts

18 June 2018

Three modestly valued works in regional sales, including a watercolour by Punch illustrator Arthur George Watts (1883-1935).

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Saleroom selection: Three pictures under £1000

07 May 2018

Three modestly valued works at regional sales.

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Mirror, mirror (and 14 more mirrors) on the wall - which is the best-seller of them all?

15 November 2017

If you are into interior design and are looking for a theatrical flourish then a sale coming up at a Glasgow auction house this Friday (November 17) could be worth a moment of reflection.

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McTear’s holds dedicated military watch auction

11 September 2017

Glasgow saleroom McTear’s holds a dedicated military watch auction on September 19. Most entries are from a private collection and include watches from the so-called ‘Dirty Dozen’ – the 12 Swiss manufacturers commissioned to supply the British Ministry of Defence during the Second World War.

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Pick of the Week: Doulton figure is big sale catch

04 September 2017

It is well-known that the market for Royal Doulton HN series figures is at something of a low ebb. However, the exception to the general rule of bargain-basement prices comes for the small number of very rare figures that appeal to a core collecting base. Many end up in North America.

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Frost is hot in a volatile climate

28 August 2017

A raft of contemporary and post-war art featured in the busy August schedule in Scotland. Such art remains a picky and tempestuous market north of the border. The latest results were scattered with a mix of bullish and more subdued results.

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Works from a tortured genius come to auction in Glasgow

07 August 2017

Like many modern artists, John Bellany’s (1942-2013) canvases reflect his personal story – and his was a turbulent one.

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Doomed female pilot's Leica camera appears at McTear's auction

10 March 2017

A camera belonging to ill-fated US aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart is among the lots going under the hammer at McTear’s in Glasgow this month.

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Medal from Celtic’s first-ever cup victory to be offered at Glasgow auction

21 July 2016

Fighting valiantly through the Champions League qualifying rounds after overcoming the mighty Lincoln Red Imps last night, Celtic are well on the way to emulating their 1967 Lisbon Lions European Cup glory.

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Remarkable gift that was customised by Constable rediscovered

16 September 2014

On March 29, 1833, John Constable gave his daughter Emily a copy of Isaac Watts’s book ‘Songs, Divine and Moral’.

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Royal Worcester in Glasgow

01 March 2013

There is plenty on offer for collectors of Royal Worcester at McTear’s British & Continental ceramics and glass sale on March 12 in Glasgow.

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Asprey’s silver tray appears at Glasgow auction

23 November 2012

This hallmarked silver and ivory oval tray by Asprey of London is a highlight at McTear’s silver auction on November 27 in Glasgow.

Beginning of the end for phone payments?

14 May 2012

Glasgow auction house McTear’s have scrapped payments over the phone in a bid to tackle credit card fraud. They now use an online system, which they say customers prefer and is safer all round.

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Burglar scoops huge gems haul at Glasgow auctioneers

23 January 2012

ANTIQUE and secondhand jewellery valued at £430,000 has been stolen during a break-in at an auction house in south Glasgow following what appears to have been a carefully planned and meticulously timed raid.

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Owen scores for Scotland

04 April 2005

Right: this handsome reticulated porcelain vase and cover by George Owen was the highlight of a private and local collection of Royal Worcester porcelain sold by Glasgow auctioneers McTear’s on March 25.

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Breakfast table and fine malt whisky draw dealers north of the border

20 October 2004

ATTRACTING dealers from both sides of the Border to McTear's (15% buyer's premium) September 24 sale was a Regency figured maple and parcel gilt breakfast table.

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Will the tide change for Henderson?

16 September 2004

THE recently published, enlarged and revised second edition of Peter McEwan’s indispensable Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture describes the Perthshire-born landscape painter Joseph Henderson (1832-1908) as “one of Scotland’s half-forgotten painters who deserves better recognition than he has hitherto received”.

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