Border Fine Arts

Published: May 26, 2021
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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.

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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 Border Fine Arts in 2016.

Which pieces 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 in 2022? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
Border Fine Arts Curious Comical Cats by Border Curious Comical Cats By Border Fine Arts 12/2021 $1430
Border Fine Arts Border Fine Arts BRINGING IN Border Fine Arts BRINGING IN HARVEST 12/2021 $1204
Border Fine Arts Border fine arts UNDER HAMMER Border Fine Arts UNDER HAMMER LIMOUSIN 12/2021 $1069
Border Fine Arts Border fine arts BELTEX EWE Border Fine Arts BELTEX EWE LAMBS BRAND 11/2021 $1002
Border Fine Arts Curious Comical Cats by Border Curious Comical Cats By Border Fine Arts 11/2021 $1078
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Carol - October 29, 2021
Im trying to find a value for 2 Comic and Curious Cats pieces called 'Through the Looking Glass ' and 'In the Tub'. Thanks for any help.
Sharon - October 18, 2021
I have a few limited edition border fine arts I would like a value on. They have certificates, and original boxes. Would appreciate help. Society members 1st of June to May 31st 2008,September fruits. Carrying Burdens number 20 out of 950 pieces. Ray Ayers signed Birthday Surprise number 147 out of 950 pieces. Ray Aryes Just Married number 182 of 950 pieces. Hedgrow Adventure society members 1st June 2005 to 31st May 2006. Ray Aryes Caught Napping. Celebration of 25 years Auld Hemp 1999 annual figurine. Suffolk Ewe @ Lamb by Ray Aryes. Show day at Darrowby grey horse. Most with certificates and original boxes, some have never been put on display.
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JohnSharon - October 19, 2021
I'm afraid I don't have time to help you with this. Best is to search eBay for your pieces to see if you can find prices, or contact a (nearby) auction house.
Ruth - October 12, 2021
Hello, we have a lovely piece called "Causing a stir", please could you tell us what it may be worth, Thank you
Lorraine - September 8, 2021
Hi there. I have a limited edition plate (one out of 2000) "Frosty Morning" James Herriott. Is it worth anything? Thank you.
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JohnLorraine - September 9, 2021
There was one on eBay recently but didn't sell. Asking price was GBP 245.
Jane - August 10, 2021
I have a collection of border arts animals and birds that I have collected over the last 35 years that I am wanting to sell. Where would be the best place to do so?
Christine - August 1, 2021
Please can anyone help me in locating the name of toni Goffes sheep with Number A7351 It belonged to my late mother Thankyou
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JohnChristine - August 1, 2021
Ewe and Me - Mollie A7351
Fiona - July 26, 2021
Hello, I’m looking for a border fine art with a black and white dairy cow with a black faced sheep at a water trough, not sure of it’s official name? Thank you
Kate - July 26, 2021
I have Evening Flight (owl) and the Reluctant Pupil (otters) both been on display, in excellent condition, with certificates and boxes. Can you tell me how much they are worth please.
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JohnKate - July 31, 2021
Reluctant Pupil (MTR08) probably more than 100 GBP, the owl I've seen for 30-50 GBP.
Edward - July 12, 2021
All cubist cat series year of manufacture regards Ed
Ronnie - July 1, 2021
Hi, I am looking for Grouse in flight, if I come across it what would I expect the value to be, thanks
Olivia - June 29, 2021
Hi I am looking for the border fine arts winnie the pooh number 1 will pay anything for it even 100 pounds.
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JohnOlivia - June 30, 2021
There are a few Pooh items for sale on eBay UK, not sure if the Number 1 is between them though: Border Fine Arts Winnie the Pooh.
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OliviaJohn - July 2, 2021
Hi John thank you for your reply yeah I have checked eBay I’ve checked everywhere internationally but can’t find one unfortunately
Merle - June 29, 2021
I have a Border figurine featuring two draft horses, one of which is ridden by a man. There is a stone fence in the background. The figurine is entitled "about". It was given to me by a gentleman who has since past. Any information?
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PeteMerle - June 30, 2021
Looks like you have the 'Shire Horses' from the 'Coming Home' series. They sell between 70 to 120 GBP.
Hannah - June 27, 2021
Hi I want to buy the figurines 'Comic & Curious Cats'. if there's anyone willing to sell, i'd like to take :)
Eileen - June 25, 2021
Hi I have Border Fine arts A6543 Thoroughbred Foal 2006 cannot find another, approx value please
jordan - June 20, 2021
hello all, I have a shire gelding (grey) 126b ornament still in the box never been out looking for a rough value can anyone help? thanks
Rebecca - June 5, 2021
what is bringing in the harvest worth today
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JohnRebecca - June 14, 2021
In March, a boxed new one was sold for 1200 GBP, in April a used one for 800, also boxed.
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
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
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JohnPatricia - May 26, 2021
Around 10 GBP
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