Bonhams Edinburgh has unveiled highlights of its autumn sales including Taymouth Castle, and Estate including Loch Tay from the South, an important painting by the mid-18th century British artist John Sanger, which leads the Annual Scottish Sale on Wednesday 14 October. It is estimated at £80,000-120,000.
Among other notable pieces to be offered in The Scottish Sale are:
• Boys Night Out by Ken Currie (b 1960). An archetypal Currie work, its highly political content and visceral imagery of social deprivation reflecting the artist’s admiration for the German New Objectivity painters Georg Grosz and Otto Dix. Estimate: £40,000-60,000.
• Paris Street Scene by Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961). One of the four famous Scottish Colourists, Fergusson spent the years before World War I in Paris where he had moved to unlock his creativity. Between 1907 and 1914 he painted the city tirelessly, particularly favouring the local cafes and streets near his studio in Montparnasse. This typical work was painted around 1908. Estimate: £40,000-60,000.
• A Medieval Sword Of Oakeshott Type XII b dating from the Late 13th/Early 14th Century. By Repute the sword was recovered from the River Forth in 1879, and is believed to have been belonged to a member of the Forces involved in the battle of Stirling Bridge, fought on 11th September 1297 during the first war of Scottish Independence near Stirling. The Forces of William Wallace and Andrew Moray defeated the English Forces who did not recover the territory lost until summer 1298 under the command of King Edward himself. Estimate: £8,000-10,000.
Now in its 21st year, the Scottish Sale will as usual feature works by leading Scottish artists, as well as a huge range of objects related to Scotland from highland dress and weapons to silver and glass; from books and furniture to ceramics.
Bonhams next Whisky sale in Edinburgh takes place on Wednesday 7 October. Bottles already consigned include:
- The Macallan Lalique 50-year old 1946. Distilled and bottled by The Macallan Distillers Ltd., Easter Elchies, Craigellachie, this is the first of The Lalique Six Pillars Collection of the distillery’s rarest single malts, released between 2006-2016. Part of a single owner collection of The Macallan, the bottle is estimated at £60,000-80,000.
- Bowmore Dynasty Decanter-31 year old. Independently bottled by Hart Brothers in a limited edition of 850, the whisky comes in a crystal glass decanter made by Atlantis. Estimate £4,500-5,000.
From September, Bonhams Edinburgh will revise its sales calendar. Whisky and Scottish Art – as well as the ever-popular Annual Scottish Sale – will continue to be held at Bonhams Queen Street saleroom, while the Homes and Interiors, Jewellery, Asian Art and Sporting sales will be integrated into sales at Bonhams’ other auction houses in the UK. Bonhams in Glasgow will be closing its office at Newton Mearns in the new year but will continue to have a representative in Glasgow serving the city and the west coast of Scotland.
Bonhams Managing Director in Scotland Charles Graham-Campbell said, “Categories such as Homes and Interiors, Jewellery, Asian Art, and Sporting sales can be well-served in larger sales at our other three UK salerooms. Of course, our specialists at Bonhams’ Scottish headquarters in Queen Street and our representative in Glasgow will still offer valuations in all 60 categories that we offer at our salerooms throughout the world.
“One of the great benefits of being part of an international company is the access we can offer our clients to sales around the globe and that will not change.
“Our other sales are unchanged, including Scottish Art, where we remain the only international auction house to hold regular dedicated sales in Scotland.”
The final Home and Interiors and Sporting sales will take place jointly at Bonhams Queen Street on Wednesday 23 September.