Turner prize is revived saleroom in the Borders

13 November 2017

It’s a new name and a new start for a Jedburgh saleroom this autumn.


Scone Palace fair: a down to Perth occasion

06 November 2017

Running from November 10-12 on the outskirts of Perth, The Scone Palace Antiques & Fine Art Fair hosts many Scottish dealers. Among them, Carse Antiques brings a selection of furniture and fellow specialists Cathedral Antiques as well as Hilary Farquharson, who will offer antiquarian books.


Dresser leads low-down on post-1860 design sales scene

06 November 2017

With sales of post-1860 design a seasonal fixture round the country, an argument could be made for Scottish auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) having a geographical edge.


Long voyage ends in Edinburgh

06 November 2017

Dated by the Edinburgh auctioneers to c.1815-17, a group of watercolours made on a voyage to the Middle and Far East was bid to a far higher than expected £13,000 in a 650-lot Lyon & Turnbull (25/20% buyer’s premium) sale of October 11.


5 Questions: Gilleasbuig Ferguson

06 November 2017

Gilleasbuig Ferguson Rare Books trades from the Isle of Skye and is a member of the ABA, PBFA and ILAB.


The elusive Gordon Maule

06 November 2017

Figuring why a specific lot did unexpectedly well is part and parcel of reviewing auctions but this oil on board lunette of a pastoral idyll below is more of a challenge than most.


Glasgow Gals rival the boys when it comes to jewellery

30 October 2017

In fine art, the ‘Glasgow Boys’ group of artists are famed. In the contemporary jewellery scene, the ‘Glasgow Gals’ are now in the spotlight.


Auctioneers to create a New World Border

16 October 2017

Thomson Roddick has been running auctions across Scotland for more than 130 years but is now planning to expand its operations in the Borders.

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Will this Chinese vase become the first million-pound lot in Scotland?

09 October 2017

Glasgow saleroom Mulberry Bank will offer a late 18th century Qing famille rose bottle vase with an estimate of £1.5m-2m in its October 20-21 auction.


Duke’s daughter on canvas

09 October 2017

John Alexander (1686-1766) was the son of a doctor in Aberdeen and the great-grandson of the famous artist George Jamesone.

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Dealer Bendor Grosvenor discovers Rubens' Duke of Buckingham in Glasgow

25 September 2017

Dealer Bendor Grosvenor’s returning series ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ has discovered a work by Flemish artist Sir Peter Paul Rubens in a National Trust property in Glasgow.

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New managing director for Bonhams Scotland

21 September 2017

Bonhams have appointed Charles Graham-Campbell as managing director of its operations in Scotland.


New Glasgow Boy Steven Campbell features in three Scottish art shows

18 September 2017

Three gallery shows will focus on Scottish art of the later 20th century.


Bidders focus on naval binoculars

18 September 2017

Enhancing a growing reputation at Edinburgh auction house Thomson Roddick (17.5% buyer’s premium) for optical instruments, a recent sale included 18 lots of binoculars and the like.


McTear’s holds dedicated military watch auction

11 September 2017

Glasgow saleroom McTear’s holds a dedicated military watch auction on September 19. Most entries are from a private collection and include watches from the so-called ‘Dirty Dozen’ – the 12 Swiss manufacturers commissioned to supply the British Ministry of Defence during the Second World War.


Pick of the Week: Doulton figure is big sale catch

04 September 2017

It is well-known that the market for Royal Doulton HN series figures is at something of a low ebb. However, the exception to the general rule of bargain-basement prices comes for the small number of very rare figures that appeal to a core collecting base. Many end up in North America.


Edinburgh auction offering a range of Scottish lots is good test of specific market strengths

04 September 2017

So much more successful than their 18th century forebears, today’s Jacobites go from strength to strength.

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Paolozzi Tube station mosaic study bought at auction by brewers of Paolozzi Lager

29 August 2017

A study for Eduardo Paolozzi’s classic Tottenham Court Road Underground stations has ‘come home’ after being bought at auction. Not to London where the original mosaics by the pop art pioneer are located, but to the artist’s home city.

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Government issues export bar on Scottish seal linked to Robert the Bruce

28 August 2017

Culture Minister John Glen has placed a temporary export bar on a Scottish two-part seal matrix linked with Robert the Bruce.


Frost is hot in a volatile climate

28 August 2017

A raft of contemporary and post-war art featured in the busy August schedule in Scotland. Such art remains a picky and tempestuous market north of the border. The latest results were scattered with a mix of bullish and more subdued results.