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Chinese table topper from private Scottish collection sells 70-times over estimate in Glasgow

26 July 2021

A private Scottish collection was the source of the-top selling lot at McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium) in Glasgow on July 2.

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Raeburn at the height of his powers

26 July 2021

Rare market appearance by a Sir Henry Raeburn work heads a special report on recent Scottish highlights

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Hat trick: ‘Hunter at his best’

26 July 2021

Vibrant colours, good subject and intriguing composition helped to spark a bidding competition for a painting by George Leslie Hunter (1877-1931).

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Whone tram trundles to record at McTear’s

26 July 2021

Growing collector interest in the work of musician-artist Herbert Whone (1925-2011) has meant his auction record price has been beaten on an almost annual basis in recent years.

A copy of the Declaration of Independence

Pick of the week: Philadelphia to Scotland and back again at $3.7m

05 July 2021

Charles Carroll’s printed copy of the Declaration of Independence – discovered earlier this year in a Scottish family home – sold at auction in Philadelphia for $3.7m (£2.85m) plus premium.

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Piano and stool from 1901 Glasgow Exhibition surfaces at eclectic Ayrshire summer sale

05 July 2021

What auctioneer Michael Callan called “a modest mid terrace town house in Irvine, Ayrshire” was the source of one of the star lots of a recent Thomas R Callan (20% buyer’s premium) sale in Ayr.

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Art Market: John William Godward oil is latest in a run of strong prices

28 June 2021

An unusual number of high prices for pictures has been recorded outside London this season.

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Qing vase on offer at Perth sale

21 June 2021

The three-day sale at Lindsay Burns in Perth on July 20-22 includes this Qing porcelain blue and white vase decorated with five dragons contesting a flaming pearl amid cloud scrolls.

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Breadalbane spoons finally up for sale

14 June 2021

Gavin Campbell (1851-1922), the 7th Earl of Breadalbane, was a prominent society figure and Liberal politician in the Gladstone administration but is best known in collecting circles as the owner of a vast array of silver.

Chronicle of Fortingall

Sixteenth century Scottish Highlands manuscript bought by Edinburgh museum

08 June 2021

A 16th century manuscript has been bought by The National Libraries of Scotland at auction.

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Breakfast service fit for royal visitors makes 10-times estimate in Edinburgh sale

07 June 2021

This huge porcelain breakfast service was made to welcome Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on their first visit to Scotland in 1842.

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David Lloyd George takes on foxy features

07 June 2021

Based on a slightly earlier American original called The Landlords Game, this example of Brer Fox an’ Brer Rabbit dates to 1913.

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Four sales prove better by design at Lyon & Turnbull

31 May 2021

Extensive cross-section of design-themed objects offered in Edinburgh and London by same auction house

 Ivory table casket

A glory of the chivalric age sets an auction record in Scotland

24 May 2021

The Five Centuries sale at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on May 20 included a sensational example of medieval art – a 14th century French gothic ivory casket or coffret.

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Fijian bowl with rare form brings fervent interest at Lyon & Turnbull

17 May 2021

This Fijian kava bowl, or daveniyaqona, carved in the form of a shallow figure, would have been used for both the consumption of kava (yaqona – the intoxicating liquor of the pepper plant) by priests during religious rites and to hold sacred oil.

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Pick of the week: Symbol of a surprisingly diverse era

10 May 2021

London’s art world between the wars was a surprisingly diverse community.

Paisley items

Paisley Museum asks public and trade to offer paisley items for new display

06 May 2021

Paisley Museum plans to mark its 150th anniversary with a paisley 'callout'.

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Opium smoker automaton gets high result

26 April 2021

Estimated at just £100-200, a rare automaton of a stereotypical Chinaman smoking an opium pipe sold for £7400 at McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium).

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Inspired by Sir Walter Scott

05 April 2021

Talented amateur artist enjoyed riding excursions with the author to antiquarian sites

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Distler toy car races to a £4100 finish

29 March 2021

At 20in (50cm) long, this stylised tinplate racer and driver was the largest toy car made by the German toymaker Johann Distler.

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