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Released on: 22/10/2009

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The St John Price Collection of Mauchline Ware.
Bonhams Edinburgh are delighted to offer an exceptional collection of nearly 300 pieces of Mauchline ware and treen. Collected in the 1960’s and 70’s and not seen since, the collection offers a wide range of Mauchline ware with an emphasis on the early pen work decorated boxes from the beginning of the Scottish woodware industry but also including tartan and transfer decorated pieces. Estimates range from £200 to £3500. The sale will take place on Wednesday 2 December at 22 Queen Street, Edinburgh. Also included will be another private collection of more than 250 transfer decorated items.
The online catalogue will be ready from 1 November at The printed catalogue with extensive colour images can be ordered from Bonhams subscription department on +44 (0)1666 502 200 or Members should quote their membership number when ordering to receive a discount on the catalogue cover price. For further information before the sale please contact Michael Moorcroft on +44 (0)20 7393 3975 or
The featured lot is:
A rare and fine early 19th century Mauchline sycamore and pen work sewing box,
by C Stiven, Lau(rence)kirk,
the cover with a finely inked depiction of Urie House and the arms of Barclay, the front with a view of Edinburgh, the right with Montrose, the back with Cromarty Burgh and the left with Dunnottar Castle, the interior fitted with a lift-out tray with seven lidded compartments, each decorated with game birds, height 10.5cm, length 30cm.
Estimate £3,000-3,500
Released on: 6/10/2009

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45 members gathered at Bamburgh in Northumberland on 24th September for the 16th Mauchline Ware Collectors Club Convention. Bamburgh was probably the most scenic venue yet for our gatherings with the castle dominating the village.

When we arrived, Jane Bowen displayed a very comprehensive show of Northumbrian views on Mauchline Ware and gave a talk on the career of the engineer Lord Armstrong who built for himself Cragside near Rothbury.

The next day we visited Cragside and after a guided tour we were free to explore the grounds and view Armstrong’s engineering works there. Unfortunately the few pieces of Mauchline Ware Lord Armstrong had have now been mislaid, but we live in hope that they may turn up!

On Saturday we were shown round the interior of Bamburgh Castle, which Lord Armstrong had bought and refurbished. The views over to the Farne Islands and to Lindisfarne were spectacular in glorious sunny weather. During the afternoon we visited the Grace Darling Museum, where several displays of Mauchline Ware had been set up by members. Subjects included views of Mauchline, the 1886 "Old Edinburgh" exhibition, Stencil Ware and Black Lacquer Ware and transfer views of bridges over the Tyne.

That evening followed a drinks reception and the traditional Convention Dinner. The Convention ended the next morning with the Dealers’ Fair where members enjoyed the opportunity to expand their collections! The members’ sales table provided some real bargains also.

It was a very relaxed and interesting Convention and our thanks go to Jane Bowen and Jan Ward for arranging it.


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