Berwickshire sculptor’s gold horse creation goes up for auction to help fellow artists

Two equine sculptures gilded in 24 carat gold by Berwickshire sculptor Frippy Jameson are among the works going on sale as part of a special online auction.

Sunday, 21st June 2020, 9:57 am
Kirsty Brown, from Brown & Turner Auctioneers in Jedburgh, admires Racehorse in Gold by Berwickshire sculptor Frippy Jameson, which will be part of an online auction of contemporary art on Thursday 25 June. The auction aims to help artists from the Borders and beyond.

Organised by Jedburgh auction house Brown & Turner and the Borders Art Fair, the auction will take place on Thursday, June 25, to help contemporary artists from the Scottish Borders and beyond who have been unable to use galleries and events to sell their work for several months.

Over 170 works by 48 artists, many of whom have taken part in the Borders Art Fair, will be featured in the auction, which will offer the artists access to UK-wide and international markets through Brown & Turner’s online sales platforms.

A special commission rate has been arranged to ensure that the artists are supported as much as possible.

The two sculptures by Frippy Jamieson are Drum Horse in Gold, a bronze patinated in Carmine, gilded in 24 carat European gold and mounted on Portland stone. The gold and Carmine reflect the uniforms of the Household Cavalry Drumhorse.

And Racehorse in Gold, another bronze, been patinated in Carmine and gilded in 24 carat gold leaf.

The materials reflect the combination of the fragility and strength of racehorses, overlaid by the enormous value placed on them.

Other work includes a piece from David Cass’s Rising Horizon project – a series of beautifully painted seascapes on recycled metal that explore themes of global warming and sea rise.

Still Life on a Pink Table is by award-winning Ann Oram RSW, who paints in the grand tradition of the Scottish colourists and whose work is held in many private and corporate collections across the world.

Other works on sale include the evocative Sadar Market, Jodhpur by Frances Bell RP, as well as a number of paintings by George Donald RSA RSW, whose work can be seen in collections including London’s V&A.

Individual estimates for the work to be sold at the auction range from £100 to £9,000.

Ronan Brown, from Brown & Turner, said: “Like many businesses, the art community is having to think differently about how its members can make a living.

“Galleries and event-based sales opportunities have unfortunately been unavailable for many weeks, but we hope that our UK-wide and international sales platforms will open up new channels for the artists and give them another way to make a living in these challenging times.”

Borders Art Fair Director, Frances Fergusson, added: “Some incredible artistic talent exists in the Scottish Borders and surrounding areas so we hope that as well as providing a way for the artists to sell their work, this special online auction will also help to raise the profile of the region’s contemporary artists to a much larger audience.”

An online catalogue detailing each of the pieces for sale is available from the Brown & Turner website.

Meanwhile, more information on the work can be obtained by calling 01835 863445.