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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, 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.

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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 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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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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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.

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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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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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