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Poignant message by Sir Walter Scott

07 February 2022

Three letters in the hand of Sir Walter Scott emerged from an old suitcase full of documents found in the attic of an Edinburgh home.

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Father and son's Cotswolds School furniture collection makes for white-glove auction

07 February 2022

A new auction record for Edward Barnsley was among the many highlights of the Minoprio collection of Cotswold School furniture sold by Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium).

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Looks lovely on the chalet wall

31 January 2022

At the top end of the budget for ski poster enthusiasts are the Art Deco images promoting Gstaad.

Edward Barnsley cupboard

Cotswold family connections in demand at auction

17 January 2022

Lyon & Turnbull’s single-owner sale titled The Minoprio Collection: British Design in the Arts & Crafts Tradition included some very strong prices for mid-century Cotswolds School furnishings.

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Indian & Islamic garments prove to be auction talismans

17 January 2022

Indian talismanic shirts or Qur’an jama were believed to carry protective powers.

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Chinese porcelain in demand as medallion bowls bid to 260-times estimate in Glasgow

17 January 2022

Perhaps the most identifiable production of the Daoguang period (1820-50) of the Qing empire is the medallion bowl.

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Now it’s Harvey & Woodd

17 January 2022

Edinburgh dealer Anthony Woodd has joined forces with James Harvey, pooling their combined 70 years of dealing experience to open Harvey & Woodd.

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Pin cushions with animal attractions tempt buyers

17 January 2022

Appealing to a range of different types of collectors, Victorian and Edwardian animals pin cushions have their own niche in the novelty silver field.

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Dish collected by porcelain obsessive Augustus the Strong brings bidding at Lyon & Turnbull

17 January 2022

The scene on this 19in (43cm) Yongzheng famille rose dish depicts the Daoist immortal Magu on her way to celebrate the famous peach banquet of the Queen Mother of the West, Xi Wang Mu, who rules over the garden of the peaches of longevity.

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Chinnery in China after fleeing Calcutta money woes

10 January 2022

The sale at Thomas R Callan (20% buyer’s premium) in Ayr on December 3-4 included a sketchbook by George Chinnery (1774-1852) dated 1838.

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Tribal clubs worth £40,000 amused teenagers as playthings

10 January 2022

“The owner had no idea what they were or what they might be worth. Not a Scooby.”

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Telling the time in Newcastle and Edinburgh

10 January 2022

The December 1-2 Country House & Fine Interiors sale at Anderson & Garland (22% buyer’s premium) in Newcastle included a late 17th century walnut longcase clock by local maker William Prevost.

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Museum given rare Scottish silver trio

03 January 2022

National Museums Scotland has acquired a trio of exceptionally rare Scottish silver objects created in the 1600s from the collection of Edinburgh jeweller Ron (1946-2012) and Rosemary Haggarty.

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Collecting couple who revived the ‘unfashionable’ Victorian market

03 January 2022

Rose and Gallichan sale reflects pioneering spirit of a duo fascinated by late 19th century design.

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Skiing posters slide into January sales

23 December 2021

Whether or not you can make it to the slopes this season, a skiing poster for your wall at home is always an attractive option.

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Take the throne: extraordinary Victorian carved chair in demand at Scottish sale

13 December 2021

The sale at Thomas R Callan in Ayr on December 3-4 included this extraordinary Victorian carved throne chair estimated at £2000-3000.

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Down Under watercolour prices go way up

13 December 2021

Lyon & Turnbull’s (25/20% buyer’s premium) auction to disperse the contents of Lowood House may well be best remembered for the early 16th century maiolica dish which fetched a mighty £1.04m – reported on the front page of ATG No 2513.

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Barns-Graham and her friends

06 December 2021

Sale of works owned by the Scottish artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham reflects strong connections with other St Ives artists.

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Original jewellery designs reflecting Glasgow style occupy a distinct market niche

22 November 2021

Few lots in the Design since 1860 sale held by Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh were more admired than a series of Art Nouveau pencil and watercolour jewellery drawings by Frances Macdonald McNair (1873-1921).

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Dealer finds there is no cure for his art habit

22 November 2021

“Dealing in art is not just a hobby but also a disease which is very hard to throw off,” says dealer Malcolm Innes.

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