Tennants Auctioneers on Border Fine Arts

Between 1974 and 2016 Border Fine Arts produced naturalistic figurines and tableaux of farming, wildlife and rural scenes, which drew inspiration from the countryside surrounding their factory in Langholm in the Scottish Borders.

The picturesque town of Langholm sits just eight miles north of the border, amidst rolling hills and farmland. The company was started in an 18th century farmhouse, but as the reputation of their realistic sculptures grew, they moved into a dedicated factory in the town

After thriving for decades, a decline in demand for these traditional scenes led to the closure of the factory in 2016; Whilst prices may have waned somewhat in the decade leading up to this closure, buoyant results at recent sales suggest that Border Fine Arts may be making a comeback at auction since production ceased at Langholm.

Certainly, there is no shortage of buyers, and there is still a dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate gr…

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Border Fine Arts to Close Langholm Factory

The Border Fine Arts factory in Langholm is to close with the loss of 43 jobs. Another nine will go at their shop in the town’s High Street.

Owners Enesco Ltd blamed falling consumer demand for their famous figurines. A spokesman said: “It is with deep sadness that we have opened consultations to consider the proposal to cease all operations at our Langholm sites.”

The announcement that the business, established in 1987, will fold, is the latest blow to a town that has seen an estimated 200 jobs lost in the past five years. Scottish Minister for Business, Paul Wheelhouse, said the government is looking to support workers affected. He added: “I am very disappointed to learn that Border Fine Arts has entered a period of consultation with a view to ceasing operations at their Langholm sites.

“Clearly, I am concerned at the impact this will have on the employees affected, their families and the local area, given that any loss of employment in a sma…

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Annual Fair 2012 – 15th & 16th September

Annual Fair 2012 15th & 16th September We are pleased to announce that our 2012 Annual Fair will he held at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September. More details will follow soon, but in the meantime if you would like to see this fantastic venue, please log onto their website www.chatsworth.org. We hope you will join us later this year, at Chatsworth House. Venue: Chatsworth House Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP Time: 11am–4pm Tel: 01228 404022 For more information about the venue and what we have planned for the weekend, along with ticket info click here to view our invitation. Click here to go to Google Maps for location guide and directions.
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Sold at Auction February 2010

The following items were sold at auction February 2010. Border Fine Arts model 'A Warm Day Walling', model No. JH31 by Ray Ayres, Ltd. edition No. Artists Proof 5/1250, 19cm high on wood base with box and certificate. SOLD for £220  Someone got a bargain here!   A Border Fine Arts Fordson Major E1ADDN Tractor 'A Major Decision', model No. JH92 by Ray Ayres, issued 1994, Ltd edition No. 831/1500, 15.9cm high on wood base with box and certificate Sold for £600   A Border Fine Arts David Brown Cropmaster 'The First Cut', model No. JH70 by Ray Ayres, issued 1993, Ltd. edition No. 1228/1500, 14.6cm high on wood base with box and certificate Sold for £900     A Border Fine Arts Fergie TE20 Tractor group 'Frosty Morning', model No. BO343 by Ray Ayres, Ltd. edition No. 1253/1750, 17.8cm high on wood base with box and certificate Sold for £320      
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Country Artists Guild to Cease

The Following announcement has been made by the Country Artists Guild. Dear Country Artists Guild Member We regret to announce that the Country Artists Collectors' Guild will cease operating on 31st December 2010. This is due to the decreasing number of members of the Guild, and the lack of support for the special member-only figurines. This means that if your membership is due for renewal in 2010 we will not be able to renew your membership, but we will continue to send out the regular mailings in 2010 including Country Letters. If you have already renewed your membership for 2010 we will be contacting you in due course, or if you renewed for two years in 2009, we will be sending you your 2010 renewal gift, Cock Sparrow automatically. We will continue to service your membership for the whole of 2010 and you will receive your regular copies of Country Letters and your special Collectors' hard-backed book, which will be the final edition. You will also receive your red…
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The 2010 Annual Collectors’ Fair at Knebworth

We're delighted to announce that in 2010 the Collectors’ Fair will be held at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th September 2010. Tickets will be available to order from 4th January 2010, as will reservations for the Special Annual Fair Event Models (model subjects to be confirmed). Download an application form here. Further information will be available in your first Collectors’ Club mailing for 2010, and will also be posted on this website as information becomes available. For further information about Knebworth House itself, visit www.knebworthhouse.com   Knebworth House 2010
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Border Fine Arts – Some History

From humble beginnings in an eighteenth-century farmhouse near Langholm in 1974, Border Fine Arts developed quickly. Carefully researched, highly detailed and accurately painted figurines were created, for which demand grew rapidly from a very receptive marketplace. The workforce grew in leaps and bounds to keep pace with the orders that poured in. Middleholm was quickly outgrown and premises were found in the town, which in turn were expanded to accommodate demand. Border Fine Arts has now become a household name and leader in the manufacture of superb, lifelike figurines. So much so, that In 1986, Border Fine Arts was honoured to win the Scottish Business Achievement Award in recognition of the company's growth and commitment to making a quality product. In addition to the wildlife studies and farming scenes created for the Classic Collection, Border Fine Arts now also produces a broad range of collectable figurines and accessories for its Studio Collection, and continu…
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