'AUGUST IN SCOTLAND'
(Edinburgh Castle viewed from the front courtyard)
August is a very special time in Scotland.
It is the time of heather and blackberries, with woodland and coastal walks.
Sheep are being gathered in and sent to market.
In particular, Edinburgh is alive with festivals offering, music, dance, games, even circus.
The height of the festival is within historic Edinburgh Castle,
the annual 'Royal Military Tattoo'.
The Royal Military Tattoo
(shown above) features fiddlers, pipers, dancers,
fireworks, and the amazing precision of military bands from around the world.
In its history, the Royal Tattoo has never been cancelled, even for weather,
until 2020, and now August, 2021.
Although 2020 and 2021 have seen cancellations of the Tattoo and many annual festivities,
a multitude of live events are being shared online through social media,
as talks, tours and exhibitions.
So may we, as both descendants and admirers here on the American continent,
join in the online salute to Scotland's long-lived verve and determination
with four special 'survivors' from Scotland's illustrious history and spirit.
A Good George III Santo Domingan Mahogany Candlestand
Likely Scotland (possibly Francis Brodie),
with partial label verso :
"BROUGHT TO TAYMOUTH FROM THE MARQUIS OF BREADALBANE'S
APARTMENTS AT HOLYROOD HOUSE, MAY 16, 1860"
Holyrood House, the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh
and the home of Scottish Royal history,
is at the
other end of the Royal Mile*
from Edinburgh Castle.
Taymouth Castle, one of the largest estates in Scotland, encompasses some 450 acres,
and is regarded as the most important castle in Scotland in private ownership.
30.25" High / 12.25" Square
A Rare Pair of George II Jacobite Glass Water Bowls or Rinsers
quite heavy, with floral engravings of Jacobite significance, c1745-50 :
a small Scottish rose, one with 5 petals, one with 6,
each with two fruits or buds,
a three-petal tulip, issuing a further tulip,
a lily of the valley spray with three blooms,
each flower with not only Jacobite symbolism,
but also a cryptic reference to the three Stuart heirs to the
British throne :
James III and his two sons,
Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie), and Henry Benedick Stuart (Cardinal, Duke of York)
Each 4.25" Diameter / 30.5 oz. Total
The Carnation : 'Coronation', 'Charles Edward Stuart', the Jacobite 'Cause', and an 'omen'
A George II Jacobite Pan-Topped Air Twist Wine Glass
the front and back shown above, engraved with
a scrolling band of flowers and fruiting vine including in this order:
a 6-petalled Stuart rose, honeysuckle, passion flower, carnation, lily of the valley,
asters and an apple
blossom, sunflower, and trailing forget-me-nots.
A pair of wine glasses (Drambuie Collection) having
seemingly identicsl borders
is illustrated in The Jacobites and their Glasses, Geoffrey Seddon, (2015), pl. 33.
(A pair of water bowls with similar engraving was sold by this gallery in 2019).
A Passion Flower, sided by a Carnation, and Honeysuckle.
An Early George III Scottish Carved Mahogany Open Armchair
Scotland, Edinburgh (likely), c1765
The concave crestrail carved with a tight paperscroll suspending
a draped fringed cloth and three tassels,
above a pierced splat centering an interlaced knot
within a band of stylized and pierced flowerheads
Both the crestrail and splat characteristic of Scottish design,
as exemplified by the chairs of Alexander Peter (1713-72), Edinburgh,
supplier for many upstairs furnishings for Dumfries House.
or the Image Below for 2021 New & Incoming Page
Since January, we have acquired quite a large number of pieces,
both large, and small, and of varying genre.
These will be photographed and mounted as time allows.
The majority are listed at the bottom of the New & Incoming Catalog.
(As well, a few special acquisitions are being held 'in secret' for our Christmas catalogs).
Do not hesitate to ask about anything of interest.
As long as the listing is in stock, I can give you a price.
THANKS for LOOKING!
Edinburgh Castle viewed from the front courtyard :
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomed director, cast and crew of the Mary Queen of Scots movie
to Edinburgh Castle for a special reception and premiere. The movie showcases Scotland
as a world-class location for productions.14 January 2019, Scottish Government (Creative Commons)
Fireworks explode in the sky over Edinburgh Castle for the
Annual Royal Military Tattoo,
theme of which was 'Of the Sea. Sally Stimson (Creative Commons)
*The Royal Mile
is a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of the 'Old Town' of Edinburgh,
spanning the one mile distance between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.
An eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, pubs and visitor attractions,
during August, The Royal Mile becomes crowded with tourists, entertainers and street
A Crossed Swords Piper Leaps for Joy
at the close of a successful 2011 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo,
accompanied by Shetland Pony Mascot, Cruachan III, of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Mark Owens (Creative Commons)