The science of selling whisky

08 January 2018

The season, the spirit in question and the location of the sale put this bottle of Lagavulin whisky, below, into the spotlight.


Shop talk: The Merchant of Inverness

08 January 2018

In our continuing series looking through the keyhole of ‘bricks and mortar’ shops in 2018, ATG talks to Moira Meldrum of family business The Merchant.


CSK poster girls make return to auction rooms in Edinburgh

02 January 2018

Former Christie’s vintage poster specialists Nicolette Tomkinson and Sophie Churcher have teamed up with Lyon & Turnbull to launch dedicated auctions this year.


Six snaps of ski scenes from vintage poster sale

28 December 2017

Scottish auction house Lyon & Turnbull has teamed up with former Christie’s vintage poster specialists Nicolette Tomkinson and Sophie Churcher.


Pick of the Week: Eyewitness view of Dunkirk evacuation

18 December 2017

It may be strange and surreal, but John Spencer-Churchill’s (1909-92) landscape panorama of the evacuation of Dunkirk is the only depiction of the event known to have been painted by an eyewitness.

Shapes auction room in Edinburgh to close

04 December 2017

Shapes Auctioneers based in Edinburgh is to close.

The team

Former Bonhams employees team up to open new dealership in 16th century Scottish house

28 November 2017

Two former members of auction house Bonhams have teamed up to open a new dealership in Dumfriesshire.


Pick of the Week: Nicholson looks good in yellow

27 November 2017

A William Nicholson (1872-1949) portrait drew admirers at Thomas R Callan (17.5% buyer’s premium) on November 19 as it was hammered down for £150,000.


Modern Scots and rock ‘n’ roll line-up for Edinburgh art exhibition

20 November 2017

For its final pair of exhibitions this year, The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh is staging Modern Scottish Paintings, 1940-85 and John Byrne Rock ‘n’ Roll from November 24-December 23.

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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.


Turner prize is revived saleroom in the Borders

13 November 2017

It’s a new name and a new start for a Jedburgh saleroom this autumn.


5 Questions: Gilleasbuig Ferguson

06 November 2017

Gilleasbuig Ferguson Rare Books trades from the Isle of Skye and is a member of the ABA, PBFA and ILAB.


Long voyage ends in Edinburgh

06 November 2017

Dated by the Edinburgh auctioneers to c.1815-17, a group of watercolours made on a voyage to the Middle and Far East was bid to a far higher than expected £13,000 in a 650-lot Lyon & Turnbull (25/20% buyer’s premium) sale of October 11.


Dresser leads low-down on post-1860 design sales scene

06 November 2017

With sales of post-1860 design a seasonal fixture round the country, an argument could be made for Scottish auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) having a geographical edge.


Scone Palace fair: a down to Perth occasion

06 November 2017

Running from November 10-12 on the outskirts of Perth, The Scone Palace Antiques & Fine Art Fair hosts many Scottish dealers. Among them, Carse Antiques brings a selection of furniture and fellow specialists Cathedral Antiques as well as Hilary Farquharson, who will offer antiquarian books.


The elusive Gordon Maule

06 November 2017

Figuring why a specific lot did unexpectedly well is part and parcel of reviewing auctions but this oil on board lunette of a pastoral idyll below is more of a challenge than most.


Glasgow Gals rival the boys when it comes to jewellery

30 October 2017

In fine art, the ‘Glasgow Boys’ group of artists are famed. In the contemporary jewellery scene, the ‘Glasgow Gals’ are now in the spotlight.


Auctioneers to create a New World Border

16 October 2017

Thomson Roddick has been running auctions across Scotland for more than 130 years but is now planning to expand its operations in the Borders.

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Will this Chinese vase become the first million-pound lot in Scotland?

09 October 2017

Glasgow saleroom Mulberry Bank will offer a late 18th century Qing famille rose bottle vase with an estimate of £1.5m-2m in its October 20-21 auction.


Duke’s daughter on canvas

09 October 2017

John Alexander (1686-1766) was the son of a doctor in Aberdeen and the great-grandson of the famous artist George Jamesone.