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James Jaques Joseph Tissot
Louis Van Staaten in Selected Picture Auction
Statue of Eros by William Francis Longstaff (1879-1953)
Fine Picture Auction: Is there a Hercule Poirot in You?
Dramatic Spanish Still Life Painting by Antoni Clave
19th Century Watercolour of Teignmouth in the style of William Payne
Paul Feiler 'Cornish Harbour' in Fine Picture Auction
Frederick John Widgery Painting in Fine Art Sale
Donald McIntyre Paintings for Auction
Notorious Forger of Paintings Records Historic London Landmark
The Outstanding Draughtsmanship of Wilhelmina Barns Graham
Important Collection of St Ives and Newlyn Painting and Sculpture including a work by Alfred Wallis, once owned by Ben Nicholson
Selected Picture Auction Highlights - Alan Cotton
Alan Cotton Painting in Selected Picture Auction
19th Century South Devon Railway Landslip watercolour picture for auction by P Key
William Robert Hay Etching of Trafalgar Square for Auction in Selected Picture Sale on 26th February 2013
Selected Picture Auction: Cedric Chater painting of The Seven Sisters
Mary Martin Paintings in Selected Picture Auction – Light and Summer
Primary Source Historical Portraits
Painting by Welsh Artist Claudia Williams
Robert Lenkiewicz - Esther in Orange and Red Dress
Beryl Cook – "Does my bum look big in this?"
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Irish Landscape Paintings by Alan Kenny
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Daniel Goddard is a director and head of the picture department. He has recently catalogued and organised two major sales of paintings by Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), which raised in excess of £3 million.
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Review Entries for Day Friday, January 10, 2014

James Jacques Joseph Tissot; Frenchman shunned by his contemporaries, a beautiful fallen woman and a tragic love story…

 

The crushing French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War and the fall of the Paris Commune forced Tissot to leave France for London at the age of 35 in 1871. Here his society paintings were a success with the buying public and, although a great friend and mentor to Degas, this caused resentment among his French Impressionist contemporaries who considered his style photogenic and vulgar - showing the 'shallow British nouveau riche at their worst'.

 

In 1872, Tissot began exhibiting at the Royal Academy and in 1875 he met a beautiful Irish divorcee and mother called Kathleen Newton, who he clearly fell deeply in love with and who tragically died at the age of 29 in 1882. This short and intense period produced paintings dominated by the closeness of family and domesticity and his enthusiasm and skill as a painter seems to have been invigorated and energised.

 

Influences of the Orient and Japan come to the fore alongside an interest in etching and print-making and this 1875 etching from the major painting tiled Le Chapeau Rubens [Ruben’s Hat] is a nice example combining the two (FS21/307).

 

 

 

 

James Jaques Joseph Tissot

Le Chapeau Rubens (FS21/307)

 

The model does not appear to be his beloved Kathleen who has a rather majestic longer straighter nose; but Kathleen is often depicted in a Rubens hat too, so maybe it is... This is a rare etching from an edition of just 50, which bear the artist’s red monogram and the estimate is £600-£800. 

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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Louis Van Staaten (1836-1909) must have painted dozens (maybe hundreds!) of these very accomplished and detailed views of Dutch harbours and canals. Invariably they are fresh and crisp and the two in our next Picture Sale are no exception.

 

 

 

 

 

Louis Van Staaten (EX79/103)

 

 

 

 

Louis Van Staaten (EX79/104)

 

Both are watercolours with estimates of £200-£300. They come-up for sale on 19th November 2013, along with over 150 other watercolours, oil paintings, etchings and prints. 

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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, November 06, 2013

 

watercolour of the statue of eros in piccadilly circus by william francis longstaff (1879-1953)

A waterolour of the Statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus painted by the artist 
William Francis Longstaff (1879-1953)

This watercolour of the Statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus is an evocative post-WWII period image by William Francis Longstaff (1879-1953). It depicts a newspaper seller, trams and shoppers in the fading light of a damp winter day with reflections and bright lights reflected off the wet street. The pre-sale estimate is £150-£200 and the watercolour is part of our next Picture Sale on 19th November 2013 at our salerooms in Exeter.

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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Is there a Hercule Poirot in you? In our fine picture auction that will be held as part of our Summer Fine Art Sale on the 3rd July 2013 there are many pictures by well-known and documented artists.

However, there are also, as in any fine art auction house picture catalogue, a number of attributed to or circle of a certain known artist entries. Some examples from our next auction are:-

 

 circle of charles hunt (fs19/lot 222)

Circle of Charles Hunt (FS19/222)

 

 attributed to james holland (fs19/lot 219)

Attributed to James Holland (FS19/219)

 

 manner of claude vernet (fs19/227)

Manner of Claude Vernet (FS19/227)

 

 after murillo (fs19/224)

After Murillo (FS19/224)

These are catalogue descriptions for pictures not thought in the auction house’s opinion to be by the hand of the named artist;  but similar to or of the same period, but not by the artist; or a copy by a later unknown hand.

However, do you know better? Has your detective work brought you to a different conclusion? Is there what is known in the trade as a  "sleeper" about!  Buy or ask for a loan catalogue, visit our fine art catalogues online, come to one of our pre-sale viewing days, bring your magnifying glass and do some detective work of your own. "Finds" are made on a weekly basis in London auction rooms; perhaps too in Exeter! Surely not with our level of expertise. Peut etre oui, peut etre non, mes amis!

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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The Spanish Still Life oil painting by Antoni Clave (FS18/402) attracted more pre-sale interest that any of the other paintings in the Quarterly Fine Art Sale held on 24th and 25th April 2013.

 

 spanish still life by antoni clave (fs18/402)

Spanish Still Life By Antoni Clave (FS18/402)

Clave was a well known and celebrated Catalan painter who trained at the Barcelona School of Fine Arts and his work is influenced by artists such as Bonnard, Vuillard and Roualt. He is well known for his lyrical abstractions and mixed media works incorporating collage. The 1955 Still Life by Clave sold by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood last week was a very powerful image in dramatic saturated colour titled Nature Morte Rouge. The painting had good and interesting provenance, which is always a bonus, having been exhibited by Arthur Tooth in London in 1955 and it also had the distinction of being unsold in a Christies Contemporary Art Sale in 1990 when the estimate was £30,000-£40,000. This time the painting caused great interest and with a more realistic estimate was competed for by a number of telephone and internet bidders and sold for  £11,500.

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Review Entries for Day Friday, April 19, 2013

The watercolour view of Teignmouth from Shaldon (FS18/359) looking west along the South Devon Coast was painted around 1820 and is in the style of William Payne who has a particular watercolour paint, Payne’s Grey, named after him.

 

English School Circa 1820 - Teignmouth from the West

In the foreground is a small Devon farmhouse and along the coast, looking to Exmouth, are various fishing boats. My favourite details are in the activity and buildings and boats in Teignmouth harbour. From the left side there is a fish market on the beach and the main beach and promenade are busy with fashionable Regency holiday makers. The best bit though is just off the beach where a team of fishermen and netting a shoal of bass! The estimate for this watercolour is £200-£300.

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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The potential star of the Picture Section in our Fine picture Auction sale on 24th April 2013 is an oil painting by Paul Feiler of a Cornish Harbour (FS18/400) estimated at £30,000-£50,000.

 

 paul feiler cornish harbour (fs18/400)

Paul Feiler - Cornish Harbour (FS18/400)

It is one of two paintings by Paul Feiler in the fine painting auction, the other being titled Portheras Blue (FS18/401).

 

 paul feiler portheras blue (fs18/401)

Paul Feiler - Portheras Blue (FS18/401)

Portheras is a secluded beach on the Cornish coast close to St Ives and the painting is estimated at £10,000-£15,000.

These paintings by Paul Feiler give the sale a nice symmetry with a collection of work in the sale by Peter Thursby (FS18/410, FS18/411, FS18/412, FS18/413) who was a student of Feiler at the West of England College of Art in the 1950s.

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Review Entries for Day Friday, April 12, 2013

Frederick John Widgery produced hundreds of paintings of Dartmoor and the West Country and we certainly see our fair share through our auction rooms. Widgery excelled at interpreting the Dartmoor horizon or a Devonshire Summer sky and these features often dominate his work and emphasise the open wildness of the moor and the particular freshness of this countryside.

 

To contrast these great natural themes, Widgery closely observed and painted in fine detail tufts of moorland gorse and heather and moss and lichen on a rock.

 

 

  frederick john widgery [1862-1941] - a summer day on dartmoor (fs18/377)

 

Frederick John Widgery [1862-1941] - A summer day on Dartmoor (FS18/377)

 

Born in 1861, Frederick John Widgery had attended the Exeter Cathedral School where he showed his father's, William Widgery, aptitude for art. He went on to the Exeter School of Art and then the South Kensington Museum School before travelling to Antwerp to study under Charles Verlat at the National Art School. On his return to England, Widgery studied at Professor Hubert von Herkomer's School at Bushey in Hertfordshire. Back in Exeter Widgery became a prominent and active councillor and was elected Mayor of Exeter in 1903 which was an exciting time for the city with the construction of a new bridge over the Exe and new electricity generating station to power an electric tram system. The adoption of ‘FJ’ as the city's motor car registration letters, which Frederick John was never slow to point out, was always thought to be in homage to Widgery, but was just a coincidence which has acquired the status of urban myth!

 

This time there is just one painting by Frederick John Widgery in the sale Fine Art Sale in Okehampton Street, Exeter, Devon on 24th April 2013 and the estimate is £250-£350 [FS18/377]. The whole of the fine art sale is on view from Saturday, 20th April 2013.

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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Donald McIntyre developed a painting style in the post-expressionist Scottish Colourist tradition, where a highly developed and confident use of colour subverted the classical use of tone and texture in painting. Early Scottish Colourists were influenced and inspired by Impressionist principles and the bold expression of colour through Fauvism.

The leading figure of the Scottish Colourist tradition was John Duncan Ferguson [1874-1961], who was a regular visitor to Paris in the 1890s. The movement was galvanised in the 1920s and 1930s by 20th Century artists like Francis Cadell, Samuel Peploe and Leslie Hunter who reworked the strong and vibrant colours of French and European painting into a distinctive Scottish tradition.

Donald McIntyre (1923-2009) is a ‘late’ Scottish Colourist who grew up in Scotland and while studying at Glasgow Dental Hospital, he attended painting classes at the Glasgow School of Art. By his 40s, he had swapped prodding at molars for painting. His inspiration came from the plein air Scottish and Welsh landscapes and regular Summers spent on the island of Iona

  donald mcintyre (fs18/397)

 

Donald McIntyre (FS18/397)

 

In our fine art sale on 24 April 2013, there are two coastal views where the confident and strong use of colour are dominant features; Road to the Shore (FS18/397) and Calm Harbour (FS18/398) have estimates of £2,000-£3,000 and £1,200-£1,800 respectively.

donald mcintyre (fs18/398)

Donald McIntyre (FS18/398)

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This painting (FS18/371) shows Temple Bar in its original position where Fleet Street meets The Strand and it was painted by a ‘Mr Paul’, the prolific forger of paintings in the style of Canaletto and William Scott.

 

 

temple bar by mr paul

 

Temple Bar by 'Mr Paul' (FS18/371)

 

In 1878, due to the cost of maintenance and the increasing traffic congestion(!) the bar was dismantled and placed into storage for two years until the entrepreneur and brewer Sir Henry Moore bought 16 of the huge blocks of stone to build a gateway at Theobold Park. 100 years later the stones were recovered by the Temple Bar Trust and in 2004 the Lord Mayor of London officially returned the Temple Bar in Paternoster Square to the City of London.

 

Notwithstanding the dubious nature of the painting by ‘Mr Paul’ it is a notable piece of social history in London and is offered on 24 April 2013 with an estimate of £400-£600.

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Review Entries for Day Saturday, April 06, 2013

The outstanding draughtsmanship of Wilhelmina Barns Graham is captured in a small sculpture, part of The Michael Snow Collection of 20th Century British, St Ives and Newlyn art works.

 

Wilhelmina Barns Graham (FS18/321) who was working alongside Ben Nicholson (FS18/317, FS18/318) and John Wells (FS18/320) was an outstanding draughtsman but has been much too easily regarded as a ‘follower’ rather than the major force in 20th Century British art that she rightly is. The 2001 accolade of a major monograph written by Lynne Green has helped restore Barns Graham to her rightful place in the centre of the development of modern art in Britain. Born in Scotland in 1912 she studied at Edinburgh College of Art and was recommended a trip to St Ives by her tutor, Herbert Williams, who said ‘interesting things were happening there’. Here she met among others Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo.

 

  barns graham carved and painted wood relief sculpture fs18/321

 

Barns Graham carved and painted wood relief sculpture (FS18/321)

 

The small carved and painted wood relief sculpture by Barns Graham in the fine art sale on 24 April 2013 demonstrates an understanding and control of line, space and balance which empowers it with an unassuming strength and gravitas. The sculpture is part of the Michael Snow collection of 20th Century British, St Ives and Newlyn art works and has an estimate of £1,200-£1,800

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Review Entries for Day Thursday, April 04, 2013

The Michael Snow Collection is a personal and intimate group of 20th Century British, St Ives and Newlyn paintings and sculpture that was assembled over 40 years while Snow had studios in St Ives.

Snow’s closest friends were the artists Ben Nicholson (FS18/317) and (FS18/318), Terry Frost (FS18/415), Dennis Mitchell (FS18/332) and the poet WS Graham, and it is from this close group and their extended friends, that the collection was assembled. Many of the paintings and sculptures were exchanges of work and mark the activity and influence among artists and Snow himself was particularly enamoured with the lyrical literacy of John Wells (FS18/320), Wilhelmina Barns Graham (FS18/321), Alex Mackenzie (FS18/325) (FS18/326) (FS18/327) (FS18/329) and Nicholson.

 

 ben nicholson - cion de arquitectos barcelona (fs18/318)

Ben Nicholson - Cion De Arquitectos Barcelona (FS18/318)

The provenance of one particular small painting encapsulates the group; in 1928 Ben Nicholson visited St Ives and there discovered an elderly Cornish mariner who was painting from memory his time at sea along the Cornish coast and in the local harbours. This chance meeting with Alfred Wallis (FS18/334) influenced the path of British Art in the 20th Century and propelled the retired fisherman, with a naive and direct approach to image making, into the circle of some of the most progressive artists working in Britain in the 1930s.

 

  alfred wallis - the mariners (fs18/334)

 

 Alfred Wallis - The Mariners (FS18/334)

 

Nicholson then owned and later gave a painting by Alfred Wallis, lot 334, to Michael Snow as a personal gift. The collection will be sold in in our Fine Art Auction on 24 April 2013.

 

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Review Entries for Day Friday, March 01, 2013

The Selected Picture sale on Tuesday was busy, the saleroom was full and there was lots of interest and strong bidding.

There was a nice surprise with the Alan Cotton oil painting in the Selected Picture auction this week.

alan cotton at a crossroads

Alan Cotton - Crossroads on a country lane (EX63/140)

 

In January 2013, we sold a view of the River Otter in East Devon by Alan Cotton for £650 and I was expecting something similar for the rather dark and autumnal oil of a crossroads in the Wye Valley, which was estimated at £300-£500. It was an early oil by the artist who called me in the week to remind me that he was born in 1938 [not 1936 as per our catalogue]…..two people really wanted the painting and a short, but tense ‘bidding battle’ ensued and it was knocked down for £1,500!

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Review Entries for Day Monday, February 25, 2013

Alan Cotton moved to North Devon in the 1960s and then to East Devon, where he fell in love with the area and did many paintings along the River Otter and the surrounding valley. Alan Cotton built his present house, studio and gardens, which have been developed over the years, in the village of Colaton Raleigh in East Devon. As one of Britain’s most distinguished landscape painters, Alan Cotton has been represented internationally by Messums Fine Art in Cork Street, London.

 

 alan cotton oil on canvas crossroads on a country road

 

Alan Cotton oil on canvas Crossroads on a Country Road

 

Over the years we have sold a number of Alan Cotton’s paintings and there is one in the auction on 26th February 2013 at the saleroom in Okehampton Street in Exeter depicting a crossroads on a country road. It is an oil on canvas and measures 34 x 49.5cm and the pre-sale estimate is £250-350.

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Here’s a bit of local history in our auction on 26th February 2013.

 

On the 29th December 1852, a local steam train was halted in its tracks between Dawlish and Teignmouth by the famous South Devon Railway landslip near the Parson and Clerk Nose. An amateur artist, one WP Key, captured the event in watercolour.

 

 w p key - south devon railway landslip

 

WP Key - South Devon Railway Landslip

 

The picture depicts the Victorian passengers disembarking to inspect the red earthy rockfall. In the distance are the distinctive Parson and Clerk rock formations and the tunnel where the railway cuts through the rocks. The red rocky Parson preaching to the sea is a truly odd sight!. The watercolour, measuring 32.5 x 46.5cm, has a nice naïve feel and is likely to fetch between £80-£120.

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Review Entries for Day Friday, February 22, 2013

This etching (EX63/56) has great depth of tone, which explains a GSPE blind stamp that indicates it was exhibited at the Glasgow Society of Painters and Etchers. A pencil inscription confirms this and dates it at 1926. The artist is William Robert Hay [1886-1964]. William Robert Hay was a painter, etcher and lettering artist who as a student won The Kings Prize for Perspective at the Westminster School of Art.

 

william robert hay etching trafalgar square

 

 William Robert Hay etching Trafalgar Square

 

The etching, which is part of a strong group of 20th Century pictures in the selected picture auction to be held on 26th February 2013 at the Okehampton Street Saleroom in Exeter, shows workmen having their lunch at the base of a scaffolding tower close to Trafalgar square. The etching is titled Reconstruction, Trafalgar Square and has an estimate of £80-120.

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Review Entries for Day Thursday, February 21, 2013

This attractive oil painting on canvas by Cedric Chater [1910-1978] which is in our selected painting auction on 26th February 2013 (EX63) is expected to fetch interest between £80-£120, when it goes under the hammer at the Okehampton Street Saleroom in Exeter.

 

cedric chater [1910-1978] the seven sisters


Cedric Chater [1910-1978] The Seven Sisters

 

Chater worked as a commercial artist and illustrator and in the 1940s and 50s. Cedric Chater designed a number of advertising posters for Imperial Leather.

 

This painting (EX63/72) by Cedric Chater is in the British tradition and is a good period piece from the mid 20th Century. The location is the White Cliffs called The Seven Sisters, near the South Downs National Park between Seaford and Chater’s home which was in Eastbourne, Sussex.

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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's Picture Department have been selling a private collection by Cornish based artist Mary Martin [born 1951]. After post-graduate work at the Royal Academy Schools, Mary Martin left in 1975 to become a full time artist. Martin has exhibited at the Royal Academy, Oliver Swann Gallery and extensively through Devon and Cornwall

We have just sold two of Mary Martin’s paintings in January (FS17/464) and (FS17/465) and there are fivemore Mary Martin paintings in our forthcoming auction of selected pictures to be held on 26th February 2013 at our Exeter Salerooms. The first of these Mary Martin paintings (EX63/81) is of an Autumn Valley, signed and dated bottom right.

 

 mary martin autumn valley oil on board

 

 Mary Martin Autumn Valley oil on board

 

The second is a lovely oil on board of a summer glade (EX63/82)

 

 mary martin summer glade oil on board

 

Mary Martin Summer Glade, oil on board

 

The other three can be viewed in the sale catalogue EX63/78, EX63/79 and EX63/80.

 

All five of the pictures in the forthcoming sale to be held in Okehampton Street, Exeter on 26th February 2013  have light and summer as their subjects and have modest estimates from £50-£250.

 

I will be giving some further sneak previews from the selected picture auction over the next few days.

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Review Entries for Day Friday, April 03, 2009

It is rare to find true primary source historical material. Thankfully it does happen, Time Team find some most weeks! and here is a great example in our auction sale.

In these two early Victorian family portraits the artist, John Bridges has not only produced strong figure studies which become family records, but has included a wealth of historical information within the interiors, none more so than the inclusion of a small circular continental stool which is featured in two family portraits, one of 'Little Betsie' Spiers as a girl in fancy dress painted in 1845 and one of Mrs Richard James Spiers with her baby son painted in 1836.

The stool could have been acquired on a Grand Tour or perhaps bought from an importer. However it came to England it was surely an admired and treasured family possession and to complete the historical circle the very same stool will be sold together in the same sale as the two family portraits on 23 April 2009 in Exeter. The portraits are estimates at £600-800 each and the stool is expected to make £150-250

portrait of little betsie in fancy dress by john bridges, for sale 23 april 2009

 

 

portrait of mrs spiers and her son richard, by john bridges, to be sold 23 april 2009

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I am really intrigued and drawn to this post-modern social realist painting by the Welsh artist Claudia Williams.

Williams was born in Surrey in 1933 and in 1949 she entered the National Exhibition of Children's Art at the Royal Institute Galleries. Over 46,000 children entered the competition and the judges, headed by John Rothenstein (Director of The Tate Gallery) and Herbert Read (President of the Society for Education Through Art), were unanimous in their decision to give the principal award to Claudia Williams.

In 1984, she and her artist husband Gwilym Prichard, sold their home in Snowdonia and headed across Europe by car, for the island of Skiathos where they had the opportunity to look after a friend's dog, with free accommodation for the winter. After subsequently settling for a time in France, in 2001 they returned to Tenby.

Family life is an enduring theme for Claudia Williams. Her paintings are based on human relationships and figures in close proximity. She recognises and explores the limitations imposed by domestic circumstances and the domestic daily routines of women and children provide an opportunity for paintings that focus on social interaction. Williams has a particular sensibility towards the human condition which is combined with a sense of design, sensitive handling of colour and confident figure drawing. All this is evident in the painting illustrated here Children Reading, estimate £500-700 and to be sold on 23 April 2009 in Exeter.

 

claudia williams - oil painting, children reading, estimate £500-700. 23 april 2009

 Oil painting by Claudia Williams. Estimate £500-700.

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This is a dramatic, powerful and provocative painting which supports a view that Lenkiewicz was an outstanding figure painter. Esther in Orange and Red Dress is part of Project 18; The Painter with Women.

It is inscribed extensively on the reverse by Lenkiewicz with references to the Daemon Series – St Anthony Theme which addresses temptation and addiction. There is a further reference by the Painter to the theme of the Double where the identity of ‘oneself’ is reflected and exists in the ‘other’.

The estimate for this Lenkiewicz painting is £15,000-20,000 and it is offered on 23 April 2009 in Exeter together with 11 other Lenkiewicz originals with estimates from £1,000-£20,000.

 

 robert lenkiewicz - esther in orange and red dress - estimate £15,000-20,000

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This is the first original Beryl Cook painting we have sold and it will make an important addition to the strong group of paintings by major 20th Century British artists like Robert Lenkiewicz, Fred Yates and Dorothea Sharp, all of whom have a connection to the West Country and all of whom are represented in our forthcoming sale.

We have sold prints by Beryl Cook but, since Cook died, her work has not really ‘taken off’ and two major paintings, Rialto Bridge, Venice and The Vicars’s Tea Party, that were both offered in London, each just made their reserves at £20,000 and £25,000 respectively.

The painting offered here, Mop Heads, which is typically iconic, jolly and animated, has an estimate of £15,000-20,000 and will go under the hammer on Thursday 23 April. It is a great opportunity to buy a Beryl Cook original which, I think, would be a great addition to an ambitious private collection

beryl cook origianl oil paiting called mop heads, for sale 23 april

Beryl Cook, original oil painting called 'Mop Heads'.
Estimate £15,000-20,000 for sale 23 April 2009.

 

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Review Entries for Day Saturday, January 10, 2009

Henry F. Tidey was a miniature and portrait painter who exhibited several dozen times at The Royal Academy from 1839-1869. This watercolour portrait of the handsome young army officer Captain Randolph Charles Wilson was painted in 1852. There is a record of a ‘Captain Randolph, Grenadier Guards’ being hung at The Royal Academy in 1853. Could this be one and the same? It is a nice example of how a portrait has a story to tell. The sale is this Wednesday 14th January 2009, and the estimate is £100-200.

 

captain randolph charles wilson by henry tidey

 

 

detail of captain randolph charles wilson by henry tidey

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Review Entries for Day Friday, January 09, 2009

Good Irish landscape paintings have character and quality and there are a number of highly regarded Irish painters from the 20th Century. Paul Henry (1876-1958) is the obvious example. Henry depicted nature as awe inspiring and powerful, and major paintings by Paul Henry regularly fetch six-figure sums. On 25 February 2009, I would expect more affordable prices when we offer two views by the Irish artist Alan Kenny which are in the tradition of the Irish landscape with nature as the dominant subject. The oil paintings illustrated are entitled Glencolmkille, Co Donegal and Part of Twelve Bens, Connemara. Both are signed, the largest measures 51 x 76cm and each is estimated at £300-500

 

alan kenny painting of glencolmkille, co. donegal

 

 alan kenny painting of twelve bens, connemara

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Review Entries for Day Thursday, January 08, 2009

Pictures of the Greek Islands, Corfu and the mainland are popular and whenever we have one in an auction sale there is interest, particularly from collectors in Greece (surprise, surprise!). This pleasing watercolour of The Acropolis was painted by Angelos Giallina (1857-1939). The colours are fresh and the artist has skillfully lit the ruins and statutory in the foreground. The estimate is £600-900 and the watercolour will be offered on 29 January 2009. 

watercolour of the acropolis painted by angelos giallina (1857-1939).

Watercolour of The Acropolis painted by Angelos Giallina (1857-1939).

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Review Entries for Day Thursday, December 11, 2008

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Some of the drawings and sketches by Robert Lenkiewicz that were sold in large folio groups in the Lenkiewicz Studio Sale 2008 have been re-offered for sale this month at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in Exeter. The drawings by Lenkiewicz had been removed from their folios and individually mounted and framed to a nice standard. I would estimate the framing cost of each to be in the region of £50.

  cartoon drawing of a bird and chick by robert lenkiewicz (1941-2002)

Robert O Lenkiewicz (1941-2002)
Cartoon drawing of a bird and a chick arguing over a perch pen and black ink on a diary page 30 x 19.5cm
18 NOVEMBER 2008 SOLD FOR £160

The drawings were largely early, from the late 60s and 70s, mostly made while Lenkiewicz was still in London. They were quick ink sketches of horses, some anatomical examples and figure studies. We put realistic and sensible estimates in the range £80-150 on each of the framed drawings and, with one exception, they all sold within estimate, typically in the £70-100 range. I expect to see more of these minor Lenkiewicz works coming to the market next year and it will be interesting to watch how the market and Lenkiewicz collectors respond.

 anatomical study by robert lenkiewicz (1941-2002)

Robert O Lenkiewicz (1941-2002)
Anatomical study
black ink drawing
27.5 x 18cm
18 NOVEMBER 2008 SOLD FOR £80

 

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