Scottish Neoclassical Masterpiece to be Auctioned

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One of Scotland’s most important neoclassical homes, Cairness House in Buchan, Aberdeenshire, will have its contents sold at auction on 31 January by the Auctioneers Dreweatts. The house, designed by esteemed Scottish architect James Playfair between 1791 and 1797, was the home of historic figures such as Charles Gordon of Buthlaw and Cairness and Major Thomas Gordon. The current owners have restored the house and carefully curated its interior with important artworks, furniture, decoration, lighting, and textiles to bring it back to its former glory.

The auction will feature historic and important paintings, including portraits of H.R.H. Prince Frederick Augustus, Duke of York, by Sir Thomas Lawrence and Grace Colhoun née Parsons by Royal Academician Francis Cotes. A historical Flemish tapestry depicting the Coronation of Alexander the Great will also be up for sale.

Joe Robinson, Head of House Sales and Private Collections at Dreweatts, commented, ‘It is rare for a collection to come to market that has been so thoughtfully curated, with such impressive academic vision and decorative flare.’ More information about the auction can be found on the Dreweatts website.

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