Da Vinci Code pictures at Bonhams

Roslin ChapelTwo early pictures of the celebrated Roslin Chapel near Edinburgh, known from this year’s blockbuster ‘The Da Vinci Code’ as the resting-place of the Holy Grail, will be offered in Bonhams’ Scottish Sale on August 25th.

Dating from the mid-19th Century, thus coinciding the advent of photography, they comprise an architectural composition in an ornate gilt frame by William Paton Burton, and an image of Sir Walter Scott sitting in the chapel in 1854 by Scottish Pre-Raphaelite John Adam Houston. Each is estimated to realise up to £3,000.

Specialist Chris Brickley says : “Images of Roslin have always inspired particular enthusiasm, but in the light of recent publicity we may expect more widespread interest as these are relatively early images by noted artists.”

Bonhams very successful annual Made-in-Scotland sale has become part of the August Edinburgh Festival calendar attracting more interest than any other sale. It covers all that is of value that is of Scottish interest. “Across-the-board” disciplines include: pictures, sculpture, furniture, clocks, barometers, works of art, scientific instruments, silver, jewellery, books, manuscripts, prints, ceramics, glass, arms and armour, textiles, sporting memorabilia.

Bonhams is the only International Auction House with salerooms in Scotland and holds over thirty sales per year, including the Made in Scotland Sale which is now in its 7th year. The Scottish Sale has consistently been the most successful U.K. auction held by the company outside London, achieving between £1.3m and £1.4m. Record prices have been realised for Scottish paintings, Scottish provincial silver and the sales have also established a premium market for Scottish furniture.

The sale attracts 80% private buyers, who in turn buy 70% of the sale by value. International buyers account for 12% of the total; 24% are domiciled in England, predominantly in the South East and the remaining majority are Scots (64%). Each Scottish Sale has attracted between 160 – 170 new successful vendors, and a total of 1,200 new bidders have been attracted in the past six years.

Between 20% and 25% of the sale is sourced via the U.K. network outside Scotland. The support of Bonhams worldwide network in 25 countries is therefore essential to the continuing success and growth of The Scottish Sale.

Mark Richards, Director of Bonhams in Scotland comments: “The Sale is important to Bonhams because it provides interest for Scottish communities around the world. The sale gives Bonhams a chance to invite these people home, through their local media, to buy back the family silver.”

The sale view forms part of the Edinburgh International Festival and our salerooms are one of the listed venues.

Made in Scotland

The preview for this hugely successful three-day auction forms part of the Edinburgh International Festival fringe, giving large numbers of overseas and ex-patriot visitors the opportunity to view over 1,000 diverse lots – all Made in Scotland. Now in its sev consecutive year, the sale has helped to develop knowledge and appreciation of Scotland’s rich artistic heritage and long tradition of both fine art and craft production. World record prices have been achieved for Scottish painters and provincial silver.

The variety of the subject matter contained within the sale illustrates an incredible range of indigenous skills and use of the finest materials. The many lots, which display interesting makers’ marks or labels are of particular interest, as are those with important historical provenance. It is also gratifying to see so many examples of idiosyncratic production, unique to specific geographical areas and linked to ancient vernacular traditions.

An impressive range of items has already been consigned for the sale, including fine paintings, silver and jewellery, glass and ceramics, works of art, furniture and clocks, books, maps and manuscripts, arms and armour. The sale will be on view continuously from Tuesday, 10 – Tuesday, 17 August.

For more details visit the Bonhams
web site.

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