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East Lothian auction house damaged by fire

18 June 2018

An auction house near Musselburgh in East Lothian, Scotland, has been devastated by a fire.

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Provenance is key for Chinese art

28 May 2018

Chinese ceramics tend to dominate Asian sales in the UK, but occasionally other mediums get to share the limelight.

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Bang the drum for furniture

28 May 2018

Once-fashionable drum tables took a big hit during the furniture slump and while the best can do well, others can be picked up cheaply.

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Cannon of Mutiny on the Bounty fame to be offered in Scottish auction

18 May 2018

The windswept shore of south-west Scotland is a long way from Pitcairn Island, but a cannon coming up for auction at a Dumfries saleroom links the far-flung locations and a famous mutiny.

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Scottish Colourists collection comes to auction at Sotheby’s

09 May 2018

Paintings by the renowned Scottish Colourists have been unveiled at the Art Club in Glasgow ahead of a single-owner collection auction next month.

Iain M Smith Auctioneers & Valuers

First auction after fire for Iain M. Smith in Perth

30 April 2018

Scottish auction house Iain M. Smith has announced the date of its first sale since a fire destroyed the saleroom’s premises at Perth Aerodrome in Scone.

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Oriental lots across the UK give bidders plenty to chew on

30 April 2018

The feast from the east that that has put bread (and some Michelin-starred meals) on the table of dealers and auctioneers for more than a decade continues to do so at sales from Scotland to Surrey.

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Bidding battle for Manchu officials’ bronze seals

30 April 2018

One of the smallest but most eye-catching lots at the Oriental sale at Bonhams Edinburgh (25% buyer’s premium) was two 4¼in (11cm) high Manchu officials’ bronze seals.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

30 April 2018

Several decades ago, when China was shut to the Western world, encounters with foreigners were understandably rare.

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Glasgow art school key to stay in Scotland after Edinburgh auction

16 April 2018

In the year of the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s birth, Lyon & Turnbull has sold the very key used to open his design masterpiece, The Glasgow School of Art, in 1899.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Glasgow School of Art key to stay in Scotland after it is sold at Edinburgh auction

13 April 2018

In the year of the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s birth, Lyon & Turnbull has sold the very key used to open the artist’s masterpiece The Glasgow School of Art in 1899.

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North Nguni headrest takes more than 10 times estimate at Edinburgh auction

03 April 2018

An African headrest soared past its upper estimate to take £65,000 at a recent Edinburgh auction.

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Petrol pump globe lamp at £5000? That’s the spirit

02 April 2018

One says Scottish rather than Scotch except when one is referring to the spirit – or indeed, motor spirit as evident at the Edinburgh rooms of Thomson Roddick Scottish Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium).

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Saleroom hopes outsiders are in auction demand

02 April 2018

A collection of Outsider art produced in a former psychiatric hospital in north London will be offered for sale at Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull.

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Smith leaves Oxford by design to join Lyon & Turnbull expansion

26 March 2018

Lyon & Turnbull has appointed Philip Smith, former head of modern & post-war art and design at Mallams, to the newly created role of associate director for modern art and design.

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Decorators show a sense of style with auction buys

26 March 2018

“It’s not the age or pedigree – it’s the look of the piece.” The phrase became less a heresy and more a cliché during the latter years of the furniture boom of blessed memory, when the increasingly influential decorator trade was spending substantial sums on 19th and early 20th century reproductions.

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Perth auctioneer forced to move after ‘suspicious’ fire at saleroom

16 March 2018

A devastating fire at an auction house in Scotland has forced it to temporarily relocate.

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Scottish sale travels far and wide in scope

05 March 2018

An album of Indian photographs sold for £32,000 in Edinburgh provided ATG’s Pick of the Week in the previous issue (No 2331), but there was much more on offer in that 550-lot Scottish sale.

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Early tee time: golf rules from 1839

26 February 2018

Sold at £6000 in a recent Scottish sale was an early golfing item. The 1839 edition of Rules of the Game of Golf adopted by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers shown below was still in the original wrappers and bore an 1852 ownership inscription of one Henry Wells.

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