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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Pick of the Week: Breaking news of a Jacobite rarity

21 August 2017

The highlight of Lyon & Turnbull’s sale of Scottish Silver & Applied Arts on August 16 was a Jacobite drinking glass with a difference.

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Auction house of the rising sun

21 August 2017

The British Museum’s big summer exhibition on Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai is over, but more art from the Land of the Rising Sun is in the offing (also see International Events, ATG No 2305).

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Pop art pioneer Eduardo Paolozzi's study for London Tube station mosaic offered at Edinburgh auction

27 July 2017

When London’s Tottenham Court Road Underground station started its £400m refurb, one of the trickiest tasks was not the tracks, the signals, ticket office or any of the usual suspects. Instead, it was tackling 950 square metres of mosaics designed by one of the most celebrated of 20th century British artists.

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Feline good in a Scottish saleroom

24 July 2017

August is traditionally the month when most of the auction world takes a breather. But in Scotland, where well-heeled holiday-makers tread, there is no let-up.

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Dealers show college class in Edinburgh

17 July 2017

The July 28-30 antiques and fine art fair at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh brings 35 dealers from across the UK to stand in the foyer and assembly hall of this 18th century building.

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Birds and the boys are the facts of life in Edinburgh

10 July 2017

The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh’s next pair of exhibitions from July 21-August 28 features works of the birds and the boys.

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Rare Charles Rennie Mackintosh watercolour achieves top price at Lyon & Turnbull Scottish art auction

15 June 2017

A rare watercolour by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) took £52,000 at last night’s sale at Lyon & Turnbull.

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Folk art dealer stages Renaissance show for Edinburgh festival

14 June 2017

A London folk art dealer will stage a show about the artist Albrecht Durer (1471 – 1528) at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.

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Inscriptions provide vital 'Spark' in Edinburgh auction

12 June 2017

Sensational results for Scottish author in Lyon & Turnbull sale recall a doomed family link...

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Bidders on hunt for field sports pictures

05 June 2017

“In the 19th century, before football came along, it was all about field sports,” says Iain Byatt-Smith of Bonhams’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) Scottish picture department.

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Tide powers Scottish show

22 May 2017

Coming up next at The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh is the exhibition Between Tides: Scotland’s Working Culture of the Sea.

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Saville in the flesh at Edinburgh sale

22 May 2017

Jenny Saville’s (b.1970) contorted and grotesquely fleshy female nudes are hot property on the contemporary art market.

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Writing table helps to look for a Muriel Spark of inspiration

10 May 2017

Suffering from writer’s block? Maybe the solution is to feel inspired by those who have gone on to success. Working on your next best-seller using Muriel Spark’s table might help.

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Cranes fly high at Edinburgh sale

08 May 2017

Symbols of good fortune and longevity in both China and Japan, cranes cast in bronze with incised decoration were simply catalogued as oriental at the April 10 sale held by Edinburgh auction house Thomson Roddick (16% buyer’s premium).