Lyon & Turnbull Announce Auction of Blair House Ayrshire Contents

. December 30, 2011 . 0 Comments

Lyon & Turnbull have announced the sale of the contents of Blair in Ayrshire, reputed to be the oldest continually inhabited mansion in Scotland (the original Norman Tower is thought to date back to 1105), never rebuilt nor sold before now. Valued at over half a million pounds, the contents of the castle will be sold at Lyon & Turnbull’s Edinburgh saleroom during a two day sale on the 14th & 15th of March 2012.

Blair House Dining Room, Lyon & Turnbull

Amongst the lots in the sale are a good Zeigler carpet and a fine set of twenty-six 19th century Irish dining chairs, each valued at £15-25,000, as well as many hunting and racing paintings, reflecting the sporting interests of the family down the generations. A notable example is James Howe’s 1804 oil painting ‘The Last of The Leith Races’, valued at £10-15,000. There are some fine pieces of Georgian and French furniture, a collection of rare stirrup cups and silver from the early 18th to the 19th centuries. Also of note are the swords belonging to some of the Blairs of yesteryear, from a 1680s basket hilted broadsword to an early 19th century naval officer’s sword.

Lyon & Turnbull
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