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Sotheby’s holds Scottish art preview at new Edinburgh home

14 August 2019

Sotheby’s is holding a three-day preview at its new Edinburgh premises with around 50 lots of Scottish art on view which will then be offered for sale in London in September.

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Scottish swords in battle and play

12 August 2019

A Battle of Culloden period Clan MacTavish silver inlaid basket-hilted back sword sold for £4800, just below top estimate, at the Antony Cribb (22% buyer’s premium) auction on July 30.

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‘Spanish Phillip’ comes home to Scotland with pooch picture

22 July 2019

Edinburgh gallery Fettes Fine Art offers a painting by Scottish artist John Phillip at its local Galloway Fair this week.

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Strong demand for Boer War medal honouring bravery regardless of race

22 July 2019

A medal, silver cigar box and ‘oil lamp’ lighter sold at Ramsay Cornish's latest sale in Edinburgh had come by descent from Major Jonathan Leslie Dean (1859-1926). He was a key participant in the defence of O’okiep (1902), the small town in the Northern Cape that was besieged by Boer Commandos from April 4-May 4, 1902, towards the end of the Second Boer War.

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Elizabethan intrigues, invasion and execution

22 July 2019

Beneath the famous anchor and dolphin device that denotes a product of the Aldine presses in Venice, the final leaf of a 1516 edition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses below bears an inscription that reveals the reason this little work in its later vellum binding sold at £6000.

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Fringe benefits could help Edinburgh fair

22 July 2019

The annual Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe which run this year from August 2-26 attract audiences of 400,000-plus visitors to the city.

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Auction house Sotheby’s moves to ‘grand’ new office in Edinburgh

11 July 2019

Sotheby’s is relocating its Edinburgh office in time for the August festival season in the city and will preview its September Scottish art sale in its new home near St Andrew Square.

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5 Questions: Emily Walsh

01 July 2019

Emily Walsh is managing director of The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh, which deals in Scottish art from 1650 to the present.

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Esther Scroll with £25,000 golden touch

24 June 2019

Topping by some way an offering of 300 pieces of jewellery at Lyon & Turnbull’s (25% buyer’s premium) Edinburgh sale was a Persian gold and niello decorated Esther Scroll holder.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

27 May 2019

The Watch Sale at Fellows in Birmingham on June 18 includes arare Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Daytona chronograph with ‘reverse panda’ white on black dial.

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The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh offers late 'Sublime and the Beautiful' work by William McTaggart

27 May 2019

One of the last oil paintings by Scottish artist William McTaggart (1835-1910) is on offer in a show of highlights at The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh.

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Salvaged ‘Whisky Galore’ bottles from the 1940s go under the hammer at Bonhams in Edinburgh

24 May 2019

When the 8000-ton cargo ship SS Politician left Liverpool for Jamaica and New Orleans in 1941 it was carrying 28,000 cases of malt whisky. Two days later it sank in the Outer Hebrides.

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5 Questions: Christina Jansen

06 May 2019

Christina Jansen is managing director at The Scottish Gallery, established in Edinburgh in 1842. It now specialises in emerging and established as well as historical artists.

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Lyon & Turnbull offer illustrations commissioned by missionary in Shanghai

06 May 2019

James Ware (1859-1913), a merchant navy captain, turned to missionary work following his arrival in Shanghai.

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Glasgow Girl in Edinburgh sale

29 April 2019

An early illustration by the ‘Glasgow Girl’ Jessie Marion King (1875-1949) emerged as one of the high points of a Decorative Arts: Design from 1860 sale at Edinburgh saleroom Lyon & Turnbull (25/20% buyer’s premium) on April 3.

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Great names of design from Ashbee to Dresser draw interest at Edinburgh sale

19 April 2019

Something of a roll call for the great and good across the British 19th-20th century arts scene, Lyon & Turnbull’s (25% buyer’s premium) Decorative Arts: Design Since 1860 sale included such names as George Washington Jack, Sir Alfred Gilbert, Christopher Dresser, William de Morgan and Robert Bartlett.

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Indo-Portuguese table cabinet in Edinburgh auction underlines market demand

11 March 2019

Underlined by a £65,000 bid for a table cabinet, the attraction of Indo-Portuguese furniture – that combines familiar European forms with the exotic lure of the East – is as strong today as it was in centuries past.

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Buyers take Paul Reeves dealer name as mark of quality

11 March 2019

Some buyers regard sales of dealers’ stock as a minus on the grounds that the lots have been ‘seen’. Others view them as a plus, reckoning the material has already been the choice of an expert.

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Pat Douthwaite and Mary Fedden come to the fore in Edinburgh sale

11 March 2019

Lyon & Turnbull is holding an auction of Modern & Contemporary art, sculpture and design at The Mall Galleries in London on March 27 under the title Modern Made.

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Works once part of a Scottish house library form a key part of Edinburgh auction

04 March 2019

A small group of lots in a recent Edinburgh sale were once part of the library of the late 5th Earl of Lovelace at Torridon House.