BONHAMS Scotland is to establish two new departments at its Edinburgh headquarters in Queen Street.

Asian Art and Books will join Paintings, Jewellery, Silver, Furniture, Clocks and Works of Art, European Ceramics and Glass, Sporting, Whisky and Arms and Armour, bringing the number of specialist departments to ten.

The company says the new department, under director Ian Glennie, reflects the rapidly growing interest in Chinese and Japanese art and will be the only dedicated Asian art department in Scotland.

The new book department will be run by specialist Henry Baggott, until recently joint owner of Wychwold Books in Stow-on-the-Wold, which he has run for the past 10 years. He has a particular expertise in 20th century first editions and the works of Ian Fleming.