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Issue 27 - Art and antiques news

Scotland Magazine Issue 27
June 2006


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Art and antiques news

Sally Toms rounds up all the latest news and developments

Gaze on the face of a Queen Visitors to the capital will have a rare opportunity to look upon the face of Mary, Queen of Scots as part of an exhibition at Lyon and Turnbull this summer.

The death mask of Mary, Queen of Scots will be on display along with more than 200 other significant items from Lennoxlove, the home of the Dukes of Hamilton in East Lothian, including paintings, jewellery and furniture.

A death mask is an exact replica of the face of the deceased, taken from a plaster mold of the face. These so-called ‘true portraits’ allow us to know what a many historical figures actually looked like, including Napoleon, General Grant, George Washington, Franz List, James Joyce and numerous others.

The Treasures of Lennoxlove Exhibition will run from August 1-18, at Lyon & Turnbull in Broughton Place, while the house itself undergoes extensive refurbishment. It will reopen in 2007 as an exclusive venue for corporate entertaining, conferences, weddings, and musical events.

A new record Sotheby’s sale of Scottish Pictures at Hopetoun House saw the highest price ever paid at auction for a work by Samuel John Peploe. Still Life With Tulips exceeded all expectations, selling for £523,200.

The price also represents the highest price ever paid at auction for any work by a Scottish Colourist.

Simon Toll, specialist in charge of the sale, commented: “We were thrilled to see such strong demand for the Colourists – a sure indication that the Scottish masters are as much appreciated now as they ever were.” Art for sale The Fine Art & Antiques Show Scotland is a new major event to be held at the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, Glasgow from August 17-20, 2006.

A wide range of art and antiques from the past 500 years will be offered for sale, including much Scottish art, pottery furniture, silver and collectors’ items.

The show will be promoted nationally and internationally and it is the intention to firmly establish this as an important new annual event in the Scottish calendar.

Exhibition previews
Rembrandt at 400 June 3-August 27, 2006 A display of etchings from the great artist’s own collection. Features many subjects and themes for which he is best loved: self, portraits, scenes from the Bible and studies from everyday life.

National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound, Edinburgh. Admission £6

Van Gogh and Britain: Pioneer Collections July 7-September 24, 2006 The first solo Van Gogh exhibition in Scotland for more than 50 years. This exhibition of around 30 paintings and drawings will explore British collectors’ interest in the artist – one of the most popular of all time.

Dean Gallery, Belford Road, Edinburgh Admission £6

Devil in the Detail The Paintings Of Adam Elsheimer June 23-September 3, 2006 Elsheimer, though little-known today, was recognised as a genius in his own time.

This exhibition will bring together almost all of his paintings and provides an extraordinary opportunity to rediscover this forgotten master.

Royal Scottish Academy Building, The Mound, Edinburgh. Admission: £6