Wednesday 3rd January 2024 - Cara Bentham
Explore the traditions, discover a standout Scottish Auction House, Smile Scotland, and revel in a curated selection of Scottish treasures from their upcoming auctions.
As Burns Night approaches, it’s the time of year to celebrate all things Scottish. In this post, we do just that by exploring the traditions of Burns Nights, showcasing a fantastic Scottish Auction House and exploring some wonderful Scottish pieces from our upcoming auctions.
Burns Night is a Scottish celebration held annually on January 25th to honour the life and poetry of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet. Typically marked with a traditional supper, the event involves the recitation of Burns' poems, singing his songs, and enjoying Scottish cuisine. The centrepiece of the evening is the "Address to a Haggis," a poem where a haggis, a traditional Scottish dish, is ceremoniously presented and then enjoyed by the attendees. Bagpipes, traditional attire, and toasts to the "immortal memory" of Robert Burns contribute to the lively and festive atmosphere of Burns Night celebrations.
Burns Night is an opportunity to celebrate everything Scottish. However, the following traditions are typically followed:
With Burns Night coming up, it’s a great time to showcase a fantastic Scottish Auction House - Smile Scotland.
Smile Scotland is situated in the idyllic setting of Oyne, Aberdeenshire and offers a captivating blend of charm and excitement. As a fully operational auction house serving the general public and trade specialists, it boasts a spacious, modern venue complemented by secure storage facilities, ample parking, and inviting outdoor seating areas. Specialising in curios, local treasures, and everyday items for homes, gardens, 'man-sheds,' or businesses, Smile Scotland travels across the UK to curate a diverse and desirable selection for each auction.
Beyond its auction expertise, Smile Scotland stands out as a registered charity since 2014, dedicated to supporting individuals into employment through work experience, training, and confidence-building in a safe and supportive environment. Smile Scotland is committed to making a positive impact and ensures a memorable auction experience while contributing to a noble cause.
Smile Scotland's next auction takes place on 16th January at 10am. View the catalogue and register to bid live here.
We have plenty of Scottish treasures in auction catalogues. Whether you have Scottish heritage or simply want to get into the spirit of Burns Night, check out some of our top picks from upcoming sales:
This delightful travel poster is a historical map of Scotland by decorative map maker Leslie George Bullock(1895-1971). It features illustrations of historical Scottish landmarks, travel routes, historical events, notable figures, battles, Roman sites, famous ships, cathedrals, abbeys, castles, seaports, towns and cities. Framing the map are several coats of arms for the clan chiefs and Scottish families. It goes up for sale on January 27th at Antikbar Original Vintage Posters. It has an estimate of £90 - £180.
This lot is perfect for honouring Burns Night – an early 20th-century novelty walking stick or cane with the pommel carved as the head of Tam O' Shanter from the well-known Burns poem. It goes up for sale on January 23rd at Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers with an estimate of £60 - £80.
Old books have a certain charm about them, like this Tytler’s History of Scotland, New and Greatly Enlarged Edition. This nine-volume edition (1873 – 1877) includes an Essay on Scottish Ecclesiastical History by Revd. Professor Eadie. It goes up for sale at Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers on January 23rd and has no estimate.
Elevate your Burns Night Supper with this set of six George III Scottish silver Hanoverian pattern table spoons (1807). They go up for sale on January 23rd at Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers and have an estimate of £70 - £100.
Titled ‘Seaside Sharks’, this oil on canvas was painted by Scottish artist Jack Vittriano and is signed and framed. It's in excellent condition with no damage or restoration. It goes up for sale at Swan Fine Art on February 7th and is estimated at £12,000 - £18,000.
For more fantastic lots, check out our upcoming auctions.
Wherever you’re from, we hope you have a fantastic time celebrating all things Scottish this Burns Night (January 25th)!