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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 Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The dramatic Lenkiewicz portrait of a Girl with Blonde Hair was sold in our major Picture sale in January for £9800 and this emphasises the continued interest and demand for strong portraits of women by Robert Lenkiewicz.

 

 

 

 Robert Lenkiewicz - Girl with Blonde Hair - sold for £9800 (FS17/480)

 

This was an iconographic Lenkiewicz portrait of a nude with the figure filling the picture, typically closely observed with dramatic blonde hair highlighted with flashes of gold and bright yellow against a black ground. The portrait depicts an intense and intimate moment and the confident handling of strong colours, tone and texture are Lenkiewicz trademarks. Not all Lenkiewicz portraits are as valuable as this. One of the last projects Lenkiewicz worked on was titled Addictive Behaviour and this produced hundreds of portraits; some highly finished monumental works, but many were less intense and not so worked-up. A large number of these were sold in the Lenkiewicz Studio sales in 2004 and 2008 and the few have come back onto the market have had mixed results. In our sale in April we are offering a Portrait of Michael Howells by Robert Lenkiewicz which was bought for £3800 in 2008 and this time round has an estimate of £800-1200

Robert Lenkiewicz - Portrait of Michael Howells

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013 3:05:34 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are the leading auctioneers for Robert Lenkiewicz paintings having sold thousand of works over the last ten years. The market for paintings by Robert Lenkiewicz has gone through some notable highs since the artist died in Plymouth in 2002. The two Lenkiewicz studio sales we held at Westpoint in Exeter saw a frenzy of buying and resulted in world record prices up to £200,000, and sale totals over £3 million. One of the artefacts from the 2004 Lenkiewicz studio sale which was bought for £5800 is being sold again in Exeter. Robert Lenkiewicz worked on a number of major projects which combined thematically linked paintings with research notes and recorded observations with one aim of examining human physiology in a state of crisis.

 

 

Robert Lenkiewicz - The Painter with Mary on a Bed

 

 

 

In 1981 Lenkiewicz embarked on one of his most intense and ambitious human physiology projects, The Painter with Mary Project - A Study in Obsessional Behaviour which was accompanied by a volume of drawings, paintings, observations and notes published as The Mary Notebook. A painted artefact from this project, a model of the Painter with Mary on a Bed, is on the market again in our picture sale on 24th April at our Exeter saleroom when it will be offered with an estimate of £3000-£5000.

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013 2:54:52 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Friday, March 01, 2013 4:00:20 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Monday, February 25, 2013 10:18:17 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Monday, February 25, 2013 10:13:31 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Friday, February 22, 2013 8:29:14 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Thursday, February 21, 2013 8:37:08 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:43:57 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Friday, April 03, 2009 2:21:05 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Friday, April 03, 2009 1:08:45 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Friday, April 03, 2009 12:58:59 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Friday, April 03, 2009 12:49:47 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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