Building an Art Collection

Building an Art Collection

Paintings & Works on Paper

Building an art collection is an exciting endeavour. Our ‘Paintings & Works on Paper’ auctions feature artwork from the 17th to 21st centuries, with prices ranging from £200 to £2,000, making them the perfect place to start.

Building an art collection is an exciting endeavour. Dipping your toe into the world of auctions allows you to explore an extensive range of artworks, at a wide range of price-points - an opportunity to expand your horizons and sometimes even snag a bargain! 

Our ‘Paintings & Works on Paper’ auctions feature artwork from the 17th to 21st centuries, with prices ranging from £200 to £2,000, making them the perfect place to start.

From landscapes and Old Masters to Contemporary and Modern works, the selection of works in our 'Paintings & Works on Paper’ auctions allow you to find pieces that appeal to your tastes and fit your budget.

Here’s a few pieces to help inspire you as you look to start a collection of your own...


 

Scottish Landscapes

From idyllic coastlines and stormy seas to rolling hills and Highland coos, landscape paintings serve to capture Scotland’s ever-changing weather and natural splendour. 

Some of the earliest examples of Scottish landscape paintings date back to the 1600s and were used to decorate the grand houses of burgesses, lairds and lords.

As part of a Scottish "grand tour" in the 1800s, artists flocked from all over to paint and draw the dramatic, romantic landscapes of the Highlands. 

 

DAVID GAULD R.S.A (SCOTTISH 1865-1936) CALVES IN A BYRE

LOT 56 | DAVID GAULD R.S.A (SCOTTISH 1865-1936) | CALVES IN A BYRE
Signed, oil on canvas | 51cm x 76cm (20in x 30in) | Sold for £3,250 incl premium

 

ROBERT WEIR ALLAN R.S.A., R.S.W., R.W.S. (SCOTTISH 1852-1942) UNLOADING THE FLOCK
LOT 2 | ROBERT WEIR ALLAN R.S.A., R.S.W., R.W.S. (SCOTTISH 1852-1942) | UNLOADING THE FLOCK
Signed and dated 1937, watercolour | 51cm x 76cm (20in x 30in) | Sold for £938 incl premium

 


 

Genre Paintings

Genre painting depict scenes of everyday life by portraying people engaging in common activities. These works often have a strong social or moral objective, and common themes include markets, domestic and interior settings, parties, and street scenes.

The tradition was adopted in Scotland in the late 1700s by David Allan, who emulated the genre art of Netherlandish painters from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He shifted from classical and mythological themes to scenes of everyday life, and by the end of the century, genre art had become a Scottish speciality.

 

ALEXANDER CARSE (SCOTTISH 1770-1843) THE RECRUITING PARTY
LOT 24 | ALEXANDER CARSE (SCOTTISH 1770-1843) | THE RECRUITING PARTY
Oil on canvas | 43cm x 66cm (17in x 26in) | Sold for £1,000 incl premium

 

SAMUEL EDMONSTON (SCOTTISH 19TH CENTURY) GRANDFATHER'S STORY, 1867
LOT 47 | SAMUEL EDMONSTON (SCOTTISH 19TH CENTURY) | GRANDFATHER'S STORY, 1867
Signed and dated, oil on board | 50cm x 40cm (19.75in x 15.75in) | Sold for £500 incl premium

 

WILLIAM SHAYER THE ELDER (BRITISH 1799-1879) A WEE DRAM
LOT 48 | WILLIAM SHAYER THE ELDER (BRITISH 1799-1879) | A WEE DRAM
Signed and dated 1855, oil on panel | 45cm x 35cm (17.75in x 13.75in) | Sold for £688 incl premium

 


 

Still Lifes

Characterised by the includsion of of man-made or natural objects, cut flowers, fruit, vegetables, fish, game, wine, ect., Still Life has maintained it's popularity across movements, cultures, and periods. Originating as an art genre during the Renaissance, the painting of innanimate objects favoured in Still Life works has been practiced since Antiquity. Contemporary Still Life is far from being an outdated subject, from minimalist to cubism to hyper-realism, the contemporary artists reinterpret and reinvent the genre.

 

CHRISTINE WOODSIDE R.S.W., R.G.I. (SCOTTISH B.1946) SPRING IS IN THE AIR

LOT 99 | § CHRISTINE WOODSIDE R.S.W., R.G.I. (SCOTTISH B.1946) | SPRING IS IN THE AIR
Signed, mixed media | 44cm x 47cm (17.25in x 18.5in) | Sold for £625 incl premium

 

WINIFRED MCKENZIE (BRITISH 1905-2001) BLUE STILL LIFE
LOT 18 | § WINIFRED MCKENZIE (BRITISH 1905-2001) | BLUE STILL LIFE
Signed, oil on canvas | 62cm x 75cm (12.5in x 29.5in) | Sold for £1,000 incl premium

 

PAUL LUCIEN MAZE (FRENCH 1887-1979) APPLE ON A GREEN PLATE
LOT 95 | § PAUL LUCIEN MAZE (FRENCH 1887-1979) | APPLE ON A GREEN PLATE
Signed, oil on paper | 24cm x 34.5cm (9.5in x 13.5in) | Sold for £625 incl premium

 


 

Works on Paper

Ranging from preparatory sketches to complex compositions, works on paper can offer a glimpse into an artist’s creative process. Paper allows artists the freedom to experiment with new techniques, media and subject matter. 

Works on paper tend to be more affordable than paintings and allow collectors to buy works by leading names or subject matter that might be outside their budget in another medium.

 

CLAUDE ÉMILE SCHUFFENECKER (FRENCH 1851-1934) WOMAN IN A HIGH HAT
LOT 131 | CLAUDE ÉMILE SCHUFFENECKER (FRENCH 1851-1934) | WOMAN IN A HIGH HAT
Inscribed with studio stamp (design with a flower), pencil sketch, with pencil sketch of a ship verso | 16.5cm x 10cm (6.5in x 4in) | Sold for £400 incl premium

 

SIR WILLIAM MACTAGGART P.R.S.A., R.A., F.R.S.E., R.S.W. (SCOTTISH 1903-1981) MARKET SCENE, SOUTH OF FRANCE

LOT 75 | § SIR WILLIAM MACTAGGART P.R.S.A., R.A., F.R.S.E., R.S.W. (SCOTTISH 1903-1981) | MARKET SCENE, SOUTH OF FRANCE
Pencil | 14cm x 18cm (5.5in x 7in) | Sold for £812 incl premium

 


 

Auction Information 

Paintings & Works on Paper
Tuesday, 18th February 2020 | Edinburgh

 

 

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