CALLING all Carnegies: as a close relative of the greatest Scottish industrialist myself (I'm a great-great-grand-niece by marriage… or something; placing Clan Cornwell firmly in the Scottish diaspora), I'm particularly interested in the sale of family heirlooms.
A stunning Tiffany lamp which once graced the drawing room at Skibo Castle in Sutherland – largely rebuilt by Andrew Carnegie for about 2 million after he bought the wee pile in 1898 – is up for sale at Christie's. Made of leaded glass on a bronze base, 27 inches high with a glowing shade atop a twisting stand, and estimated to fetch 10,000-15,000, it's being sold by his great-grandson.
The lamp was at Skibo for about 70 years; vintage photographs show it in the drawing room. A similar Tiffany lamp is housed at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum – in the industrialist's former home of Manhattan – donated by his only daughter to the collection there.
While Carnegie died in 1919, Skibo remained in the family – with the lamp – until 1982. Also on the block at the sale of 20th-century decorative art and design this month: two stylish Tiffany "Pineneedles" gilt metal and glass writing desk sets, likewise from Carnegie's days Skibo, a snip at 1,000-1,500.
THE Stand Comedy Club is bracing for its tenth birthday party – in Glasgow, that is, as the original one in Edinburgh is pushing 15.
Invites have gone out for the private birthday bash. "We are letting our hair down with a programme of entertainment from which comedy is markedly absent," said Stand czar Tommy Sheppard.
In April 2000, the Stand opened for business in Glasgow in the basement of a former secondary school in Woodlands Road. In 2003 it went to a seven-day operation.
"Edinburgh did very well, and we were actually getting an awful lot of people travelling through to the Edinburgh club," he said.
"From the company point of view there was an element of economy of scale in programming and ticket sales. We were able to keep costs down and keep the operation more efficient. "
Recent Glasgow gigs have included Danny Bhoy, who could have filled a far bigger Glasgow venue, Sheppard notes proudly, and Stewart Lee recorded his live DVD there.
There'll be booze by Belhaven, catering by the award-winning Glasgow restaurant Stravaigin – and legal room for only 206 people, so don't be offended if you haven't made the cut.
Cam boosts Cats
THE Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Cats) has secured a three-year sponsorship donation from Sir Cameron Mackintosh's theatrical charity as preparations get under way for the eighth awards ceremony.
The Mackintosh Foundation, which the impresario established to promote and develop theatrical, musical and dramatic arts, has pledged 3,000 over the next three years towards the prestigious ceremony.
Cats has also picked up donations of 500 a year until 2012 from technical services company Northern Light, who will back the award for Best Technical Production, and advertising and design agency Guy Robertson Partnership, who will sponsor the award for Best Actor. The ceremony will also be sponsored by catering company Appetite Direct, and a certain listings magazine.
Co-convener of the Cats Awards, oor own Joyce McMillan, said: "We are delighted to have the support of the Mackintosh Foundation, which will put the future of the Cats awards on a much more secure footing. The aims of the Foundation in promoting and encouraging theatre coincide exactly with those of the awards, and we are thrilled to be associated with the Foundation in this way."
Tickets cost 15 (including live entertainment, entry to the awards ceremony, drinks and light refreshments) at the festival box-offices. See criticsawards.theatrescotland.com for more