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Big game in Edinburgh

01 October 2012Written by ATG Reporter

Following the late summer sales in Edinburgh, Bonhams have announced that they are to sell the contents of Hensol, an historic Category A-listed mansion at Mossdale, Castle Douglas.

The sale will take place in their Edinburgh rooms on October 24 and 25.

Hensol, built in 1822 in the Tudor Gothic style, was once home to the famous big-game hunter Dick Cuninghame, whose clients included President Roosevelt, the future George V and the King of Sweden.

The sale will include many souvenirs of his early 20th century African adventures, including an archive of photographs and memorabilia estimated at £5000-7000.

Successive generations of owners have added to Hensol's treasures. Also being offered, with an estimate of £15,000-20,000, is Lerwick in the mist, a landscape by Stanley Cursiter, who played a major role in the founding of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Summer flowers in a blue and white vase by Sir William George Gillies, estimated at £10,000-15,000, and a first edition of Joseph Hooker's Himalayan Plants, published in 1855 and offered at £4000-6000, will be accompanied by a very rare Roman banded alabaster trapezophoros terminal dating from the 3rd century AD, which comes with a guide of £8000-12,000.

The sale follows the death of Lady Catherine Henderson, who lived there with her husband, Sir Nigel Henderson, for over half a century.

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