An eclectic collection of pieces from Newbattle Abbey, Midlothian were an exciting opener to our February Five Centuries: Furniture, Paintings & Works of Art auction in Edinburgh. Two remarkable Ottoman saddles (Lots 15 & 14), achieved £70,000* and £9,375* respectively, with the collection in total reaching £104,501*.
Newbattle Abbey, which sits outside Edinburgh in the Midlothian countryside, has origins dating back 900 years. Originally a Cistercian monastery founded in the 12th century by monks from Melrose Abbey, it was developed in the 16th century as a country house, with expansions and further improvements in the 18th and 19th centuries. The house incorporates some existing elements of the earlier abbey in the south part, with stone used for building the new house as well as a new parish church. Newbattle Abbey is considered a rare example of a Scottish house converted for secular use which retained elements from its ecclesiastical past. It is now a category A listed building due to its national and historical importance.
As a result of the Reformation, the abbey and estate passed into the ownership of Mark Kerr. Son of a local landowner,v he converted to Protestantism and was named lay Abbot of Newbattle Abbey in 1547. Kerr’s son, also named Mark, was created 1st Earl of Lothian in 1604 and several generations later Robert Kerr, the 4th Earl of Lothian was elevated to Marquess. The house and estate played a prominent role in Scottish as well as British history, twice sacked during Henry VIII’s ‘Rough Wooing’, and hosted multiple royal visitors over its 900 years. These included Alexander II in 1241, Edward I of England in 1296, Princess Margaret in 1503, James V in 1526, Mary of Guise in 1557, George IV in 1822, and a visit by Queen Victoria in 1886.
In 1930, shortly after inheriting the estates of Newbattle, Monteviot, Ferniehurst and Blickling, the 11th Marquess of Lothian decided to hand over Newbattle Abbey, its contents and 125 acres of garden and parkland to a foundation that would run an education college. Newbattle Abbey College opened to students in 1937 and, apart from a break during World War II, its educational role continues to this day.
An eclectic collection of pieces from Newbattle Abbey, Midlothian were an exciting opener to our February Five Centuries: Furniture, Paintings & Works of Art auction in Edinburgh. Two remarkable Ottoman saddles (Lots 15 & 14), achieved £70,000* and £9,375* respectively, with the collection in total reaching £104,501*. A number of pieces of rare, previously unrecorded 16th century maiolica wares generated international interest with an Italian handled spouted drug jar, dated circa 1510-1530, selling for £8,750 and a pair of Italian albarellos, from a set of pharmacy jars by Andrea di Marco di Jacopo de le Scine achieving £5,250*.