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Mackintosh watercolour

Rare Charles Rennie Mackintosh watercolour achieves top price at Lyon & Turnbull Scottish art auction

15 June 2017

A rare watercolour by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) took £52,000 at last night’s sale at Lyon & Turnbull.

Kitty Walsh

Folk art dealer stages Renaissance show for Edinburgh festival

14 June 2017

A London folk art dealer will stage a show about the artist Albrecht Durer (1471 – 1528) at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.

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Inscriptions provide vital 'Spark' in Edinburgh auction

12 June 2017

Sensational results for Scottish author in Lyon & Turnbull sale recall a doomed family link...

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Bidders on hunt for field sports pictures

05 June 2017

“In the 19th century, before football came along, it was all about field sports,” says Iain Byatt-Smith of Bonhams’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) Scottish picture department.

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Tide powers Scottish show

22 May 2017

Coming up next at The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh is the exhibition Between Tides: Scotland’s Working Culture of the Sea.

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Saville in the flesh at Edinburgh sale

22 May 2017

Jenny Saville’s (b.1970) contorted and grotesquely fleshy female nudes are hot property on the contemporary art market.

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Writing table helps to look for a Muriel Spark of inspiration

10 May 2017

Suffering from writer’s block? Maybe the solution is to feel inspired by those who have gone on to success. Working on your next best-seller using Muriel Spark’s table might help.

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Cranes fly high at Edinburgh sale

08 May 2017

Symbols of good fortune and longevity in both China and Japan, cranes cast in bronze with incised decoration were simply catalogued as oriental at the April 10 sale held by Edinburgh auction house Thomson Roddick (16% buyer’s premium).

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Time travelling to Edinburgh auction

24 April 2017

Victorian exuberance or Georgian elegance – you pays your money and takes your choice. At Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) on April 5, it cost a great deal for the former and rather less for the latter.

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Albums from an Asian Odyssey at Lyon & Turnbull

24 April 2017

Johannes Schröder (1870-1942) was not only a wealthy German merchant but also a globetrotter and a pioneer in utilising the invention of photography to document his time.

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Fine Art Society’s Edinburgh exhibition features old view of an evolving city

24 April 2017

James Howe’s (1780-1836) c.1817 All Hallow’s Fair on Calton Hill shows an event that was already a thing of the past when the picture was completed.

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The early bicycles taking design beyond the Boneshaker and Penny Farthing

19 April 2017

Boneshakers and Penny Farthings were the forerunners of the bicycle we know now but were hardly practical as everyday transport for the masses. Step (or pedal) forward the ‘safety bike’.

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Perth auction house to sell famous tobacconist collection

18 April 2017

Charles Rattray was a tobacconist and blender of fine tobaccos at 160 High Street, Perth. The firm occupied these premises from c.1915 until 1981.

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Fettercairn Jewel returns to Scotland

05 April 2017

Enforcing its Scottish significance, a Renaissance gold pendant known as the Fettercairn Jewel has been bought by the National Museums Scotland.

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A present from ‘Edinborough’

01 April 2017

Presumably the recipient, one Charles Salter of ‘Edinborough’, was pleased to receive to this 18th century green-glazed creamware presentation teapot in 1791.

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Seven bestsellers from significant Scottish and Welsh house contents sales

30 March 2017

Just like buses, you wait a long time and then three significant house contents sales turn up at once. This week saw the auction of items from the Scottish families the Forbes of Pitsligo and the Earls and Marquesses of Lothian at Sotheby’s. This was followed the next day at Bonhams by the sale of the contents of Lord Harlech's Welsh family home Glyn Cywarch in Gwynedd. A selection of the highlights are pictured here:

The Wind in the Willows limited edition copy

Limited edition signed copy of ‘The Wind in the Willows’ among treasures on offer at The Edinburgh Book Fair

18 March 2017

A signed limited edition copy of ‘The Wind in the Willows’ is among the books on offer at the upcoming Edinburgh Book Fair.

Amelia

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.

Ron Turner

Swan song for Scottish Borders auction firm

27 January 2017

Scottish borders auction firm Swan & Turner will hold its final sale next month and will close the doors to its Jedburgh auction rooms in March.

Box from the reign of Amenhotep II

Dealer helps Scottish museum piece together Egyptian treasure

25 January 2017

Antiquities specialist Charles Ede has revealed its role in helping National Museums Scotland complete one of the Egyptian treasures in its collection.

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