The William Mowat-Thomson Collection

The William Mowat-Thomson Collection

Lot: 1 to 548 - Fri, 17th Sep 2021 10:30
Lot: 996 to 1453 - Sat, 18th Sep 2021 10:30

Lots: 955

McTear’s is delighted to offer at auction the contents of 19 St Bernard’s Crescent, Edinburgh – The Private Collection of William Mowat-Thomson.

An iconic figure in Scottish dance, Edinburgh-based William Mowat-Thomson was a teacher of dance, drama and yoga and a collector of the most wonderful array of art and antiques. From modest beginnings on Orkney, William achieved success in his working life and from a young age furnished his grand homes in his much-loved Georgian style. When William passed away in 2019, at the age of 86, he had built a collection unrivalled in breadth and vibrancy. A great friend of the late gentleman recalls that those visiting Willliam’s house at St Bernard’s Crescent, Edinburgh, affectionately referred to it as the V&A, being as it was a museum of beautiful objets d’art.  

Viewing opens to the public on Tuesday 14 September.

Bidding is available in the room, by commission, telephone and online. Live online bidding is available with no additional surcharge when registering through


Tuesday 14 September 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 15 September 9am - 5pm
Thursday 16 September 9am - 5pm
Friday 17 September 9am - 5pm
Saturday 18 September from 9am