Auction Blog

  • Joan Eardley, recommended exhibition

    This exhibition marks the first major retrospective of Joan Eardley’s work for almost 20 years and includes her observations of street children in the back streets of Glasgow as well as her landscapes painted in and around the fishing village of Catterline on the North-East coast of Scotland.  It is a truly amazing exhibition of  Continue Reading »

  • Robin Spark: A Life in Painting: For sale Saturday 17th December onwards

    We are delighted to offer around 100 works by Edinburgh artist Robin Spark (1938-2016) for sale over the next three auctions: Saturday 17th December, Saturday 7th January 2017 and Saturday 14th January 2017. Spark was born in Southern Rhodesia, then a British colony, to Sydney and renowned author Muriel Spark.   Towards the end of the  Continue Reading »

  • Refurbishment in action!

    We made a happy return to 15-17 Jane Street in August 2016.  Our newly refurbished saleroom is bright and spacious offering an ideal environment for auctions of fine art and furniture. Improvements include better storage for items consigned both bought and awaiting processing to sale, more space and height to display furniture, paintings and rugs,  Continue Reading »

  • A French Interior

    Antique objects can be constantly reinvented for the modern interior.  The French have always had a chic and stylish way of creating warm and individual interiors.  Here mirrors take on a fresh new look, arranged in a group with different styles alongside each other.  Frames too can be used creatively with frames set within frames  Continue Reading »

  • From Russia with Love

    We have some exciting lots in our Antique & Decorators’ Auction on Saturday 2nd July 2016.  The lots came from a titled Scottish family with the provenance relating to a marriage into a Dutch diplomatic family in the late 19thc.  An exquisite Russian Imperial snuff box is constructed from figured birch with 14carat mounts and  Continue Reading »

  • Sell your car with Ramsay Cornish

    Do you have a car to sell?  Tired of being short changed by dealers or shrewd buyers?  Do you have no time to be tied to viewing times when selling privately?  Try selling with Ramsay Cornish at auction. At Ramsay Cornish, we consistently achieves high prices for car sales and offers an ideal platform for  Continue Reading »

  • Still Game returns to our screens, at Ramsay Cornish we are delighted….

    http://stv.tv/news/entertainment/1353834-still-game-to-return-to-your-tv-screens-after-almost-a-decade/ As great fans of the comedy show set in Craiglang, Glasgow we are delighted to welcome it’s return to our screens and hope that you are

  • British Art Show 8 at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

    We saw an amazing exhibition this weekend at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.  British Art Show 8 is a touring exhibition that takes place every five years showing the most significant contemporary art produced in the UK.  The show is split between the Gallery of Modern Art, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Gardens, and  Continue Reading »

  • Dicks Edinburgh, brings sleek artisan ware to North West Circus Place

    At Ramsay Cornish we come across so many things and places we love that we decided to share some of them in our blog.  Dicks of Circus Place, Edinburgh is one such place.  We love the carefully curated selection of clothing and homewares that celebrate the well made and the timeless.  In this age of  Continue Reading »

  • Building work begins at 15-17 Jane Street

    Building work begins at 15-17 Jane Street.  We look forward to welcoming you to the refurbished building at 15-17 Jane Street in the Spring.  Meanwhile our regular auction schedule takes place at 112 Jane Street  

  • BBC’s Antiques Roadtrip comes to Ramsay Cornish

    We were delighted to welcome BBC’s Antiques Roadtrip to Ramsay Cornish again last year.  The guest ‘dealers’ were Clive Russel from ‘Game of Thrones’  and Tim Healy best known for his comedy work in Auf Weidersehen Pet, followed by Jilly Goolden and Oz Clarke.  The teams both made a healthy profit on all their items.  Continue Reading »

  • Garden Statuary adapt to Interiors attracting new markets

    Auction prices for quality garden statuary are consistently high and always appealing to new markets with a fresh eye.  Composite pieces are of lesser value, although still of interest at auction but antique stone pieces always appeal especially if they have a little period mossing!  Clever interior designers incorporate them into interior schemes to add  Continue Reading »

  • Project Trust: Zoe’s Adventure

    Throughout last year, Zoe Duffy showed outstanding commitment, braving all weathers and getting up bright and early to bring drinks, coffees and delicious home made brownies and shortbread to our Thursday Auction.  We would like to thank our customers for generously supporting her and her endeavours. Zoe was raising money for her year long trip  Continue Reading »

  • Lowry, note and provenance : Three accompanying letters signed L.S. Lowry written to the purchaser in 1957

    Note: the painting was purchased direct from the artist by the vendor’s  family in 1957 and there are three letters from Lowry in that year referring to the purchaser’s interest in a painting incorporating a ‘little man’.  Copies of these letters are transcribed below, all letters are on Lowry’s headed stationery.  Copies of the original  Continue Reading »

  • Mackintosh light shades, notes and provenance

    Provenance: acquired by Geoffrey Squire, Lecturer at the School of Art, in the 1960′s and thence by descent to his son, the vendor. Note: Roger Billcliffe has examined these shades and is of the opinion that both are by Mackintosh although he believes that the example with the silvered finish may pre-date the other.  He  Continue Reading »

  • The Krays… letters for auction

    Twin brothers Ronald “Ronnie” Kray (24 October 1933 – 17 March 1995) and Reginald “Reggie” Kray (24 October 1933 – 1 October 2000) ruled London in the 1950s and 1960s, heading up organised crime in the East End. With their gang, “The Firm”, the Krays were involved in armed  robberies, protection rackets and assaults.   The Kray twins were accused of  Continue Reading »

  • When the Antiques Road Trip came to Edinburgh

    The last two Saturdays we were visited for the fourth year running by the Antiques Road trip, this time with Celebrities!!! I waited with baited breath to find out who they were as Susan was the only one who knew and refused to tell me in case I let it slip! After much persuasion, flowers  Continue Reading »

  • Medical and Scientific Collectables at auction

    The medical world attracts great and sometimes macabre interest. Nowadays it really is an ideal way of adding the quirky, colourful and bizarre into the home. From the high coloured glass of 18th and 19th century apothecary bottles to poison rings, and to the highly collectible personal possessions of medical and scientific pioneers. Edinburgh has  Continue Reading »

  • A private view of William Arthur Howgate

    William Arthur Howgate William Arthur Howgate born in Yorkshire in April 1837. The son of a chimney sweep, he showed at an early age a flair for the arts. His father worked hard and saved enough money to send the young Howgate of to a Paris Arts school. It was there and immersed into a  Continue Reading »

  • Your own little piece of Downton Abbey

    With period dramas hardly ever off our screens from the Edwardian Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge to the 40s and 50s in The Imitation Game and Granchester.  From  Mad Men to The Tudors, we are inspired by the, not necessarily historically accurate, but always visually stunning, representations of days gone by.  The world of fashion  Continue Reading »

  • Ramsay Cornish supports…

    We at Ramsay Cornish are delighted to run a busy schedule each year of events supporting a wide range of charities.   Fundraising auctions are a popular and effective way of generating income for charities.   We have been pleased to offer both professional advice and our auctioneering skills to many such events for charities  Continue Reading »

  • Review: Antique & Decorators’ Auction Saturday 28th February 2015

    We are thrilled with the results of our February Antique and Decorator’s Auction which proved that objects of quality from private sources will always generate a great deal of interest in the auction market and that Ramsay Cornish is the place to find – and sell – these kind of pieces! We were lucky enough  Continue Reading »

  • Stand out from the crowd

    Today we are all subject to marketing , from magazines, tv and what advertisers say we must have. We are all too scared to let our individuality out, we see couples and families in sterile room settings, with neutral colours, the sofa, the coffee table and large tv mounted on the wall. There is no  Continue Reading »

  • Talks and Valuation Days

    We are delighted to give talks or smaller valuation events for special interest groups and societies.  Societies we have held talks for in the past include: Lady’s Probus Club Morningside Historical Society Corstorphine’s Lady’s Eastern Star The Rotary Club Edinburgh University Alumni The National Trust for Scotland The Kiln Club    

  • Television coverage

    Ramsay Cornish continues our strong relationship with the team from the BBC’s Antiques Road Trip. They will visit us again this year in April where the two featured antique dealers will test their buying skills, putting lots up for sale at auction which they have sourced from antique shops or markets. We have been pleased  Continue Reading »