Border Fine Arts

Published: May 26, 2021

A short history: Border Fine Arts was founded in 1974 in Langholm in the Esk Valley, on the border of Scotland and England – hence the company’s name. From early on, the wildlife, tractors, sheep, birds, and time-honoured ways of life of the region inspired a collection of animal figurines, which, initially, were cast from bronze and silver. Soon, however, as Ray Ayres, Master Sculptor, recalls, customers were asking for figurines that were full of detail but were also painted so they were even more realistic. To satisfy this demand the firm became a pioneer of the resin cold cast making process and developed an extensive and exclusive palette of enamel paints that could recreate the subtle shades and tones of each and every subject.

Border Fine Arts

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 continues to develop and manufacture many famous licensed collectable brands such as Beatrix Potter and Winnie the Pooh.

In 2006, Border Fine Arts Master Sculptor Ray Ayres celebrated his 30th year with the company, and marked the occasion by embarking on a round-Britain tour. Both he and the company have come a long way since those tentative first experiments around the kitchen table at Middleholm, but the journey has always been one of enthusiasm and discovery. As Ray himself puts it, 'I don’t feel jaded, and I put that down to a high level of job satisfaction…there are always challenging projects in the pipeline to keep me feeling fresh and enthusiastic'.

The perfect ethos, in fact, for a forward-thinking company of limitless invention, whose continued dedication to authenticity and quality of workmanship help to explain the success of Border Fine Arts.

End of an era

After being highly successful for decades, a decline in demand for traditional scenes led to the closure of the firm in 2016.

Which are rare?

A few popular Border Fine Art sculptures to collect are:

  • Bringing in the harvest
  • Comic & Curious Cats
  • Tea Break (JCB Collection)
  • Gone away
  • Striking a deal
  • Horses and stallions
  • Disney collection
  • Sheep
  • Dogs


Border Fine Arts value and price guide

What's your Border Fine Arts worth? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
Border Fine Arts nwot hot dogs a3402 forgive me Nwot Hot Dogs A3402 Forgive Me Dizzy 05/2021 $ 5.02
Border Fine Arts world beatrix potter World Beatrix Potter 05/2021 $ 18.45
Border Fine Arts beatrix potter a28966 peter Beatrix Potter A28966 Peter Rabbit And 05/2021 $ 30.18
Border Fine Arts brambly hedge lady Brambly Hedge Lady 05/2021 $ 41.54
Border Fine Arts ann wall1994 limited Ann Wall1994 Limited 05/2021 $ 503.18
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Patricia - May 12, 2021
Hi I have a Border fine art studio Ornament called Howling at the moon Bunny &Hutch A3401 says on bottom Toni Gulfe is it worth anything Thank you
JohnPatricia - May 26, 2021
Around 10 GBP
Justine - April 18, 2021
Hello! I have a large Anne Wall 1979 sculpture with 2 cows (mother & calf?). It is dated and then numbered 412/850. I have researched and cant find much about Anne Wall vs Lowell Davis. How is she related to the Lowell Davis/Border/Schmid pieces? Thank you
Rebecca - June 5, 2021
what is bringing in the harvest worth today
JohnRebecca - June 14, 2021
In March, a boxed new one was sold for 1200 GBP, in April a used one for 800, also boxed.