Sotheby's TWO GREAT SCOTTISH COLLECTIONS
Sale Date: 28 MARCH 2017
Sale Code: L 17317
Lots: 1 - 487
Condition: Very Good
Fervent interest in the history of Scotland saw collectors out in force, eager to acquire items from two remarkable collections which each tell the story of an important family steeped in the nation's past: the Forbeses of Pitsligo, tastemakers rooted in 18th-century Edinburgh, and the Marquesses of Lothian, an ancient and noble lineage.
Over 1000 participants drove the sale total to £3,799,077, over three times the pre-sale estimate, with successful bids fielded from eight institutions.
This March, two remarkable collections, rich in quality and variety, make the journey from Scotland to Bond Street to be offered at auction.
Each tells the story of an important family steeped in the history of Scotland: the Forbes of Pitsligo, tastemakers rooted in 18th-century Edinburgh and the economic prosperity of the Union; and the Earls and Marquesses of Lothian, an ancient and noble family entwined in the political and cultural fabric of Scotland and the United Kingdom.
The wonderful objects and pictures from their extraordinary homes reflect the power and history of their Scottish legacy.