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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 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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Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:24:00 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, June 24, 2013

Stanhope Alexander Forbes (1857-1947) was the “Father” of the Newlyn School movement.  Born in Dublin, he studied in Paris and at the RA Schools. Moved to Newlyn with his wife to be Elizabeth Adela Armstrong, a great painter in her own right, in 1884. Many artists followed; Harold Harvey; Henry Scott Tuke; Frank Bramley ; Fred Hall; Charles Walter Simpson and many others. The list of talent and recognised artists is seemingly endless .

 

 stanhope alexander forbes - fishermen repairing nets (fs19/263)

Stanhope Alexander Forbes - Fishermen repairing nets (FS19/263)

There is a Stanhope Alexander Forbes (FS19/263) in our sale next week which is a beautiful study of fishermen repairing nets. This was a subject Stanhope Forbes focused intently on during his early years in Newlyn. The sketch is signed and has great provenance as a gift to a former pupil of Stanhope Alexander Forbes. Scenes such as the one depicted in this lovely canvas, just 23 x 30cms, can still be seen today around the small fishing harbours of Cornwall. With an estimate of £2,000-£3,000, it is a great way of owning a work by a master of his craft, one of the very famous of our British Impressionist School artists, for a relatively small sum! It is to be sold in our Fine Picture auction on Wednesday, 3rd July 2013.

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Monday, June 24, 2013 7:57:14 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, June 17, 2013

Frederick John Widgery (1861-1942) was a talented painter of moors, coast, sea and landscape and was particularly skillful at capturing the particular local light and weather. As a plein air painter, Widgery often worked in watercolour and some of his most accomplished works show a close understanding of nature. We regularly sell watercolours, gouache and oil paintings by Frederick John Widgery. In particular,  we are offering a View of Row Tor, Dartmoor (FS19/245).

 

frederick john widgery - row tor, dartmoor (fs19/245)

Frederick John Widgery - Row Tor, Dartmoor (FS19/245)

The estimate on this Frederick John Widgery painting, which is in gouache, is £200-£300.

Our 23rd October 2013 sale of fine paintings also includes a painting by Frederick John Widgery  - The Upper Exe, which will be offered with a pre-sale estimate of £300-£500. This is an oil on canvas measuring 44 x 59cm.

 

frederick john widgery - the upper exe - estimate £300-£500

Frederick John Widgery - The Upper Exe - Estimate £300-£500

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Monday, June 17, 2013 3:37:30 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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We have a painting from the Circle of Sir Francis Grant in our next fine sale. It is a charming family portrait of two Scottish boys shows them having a short break from scrapping around and playing (FS19/206).

 

 circle of sir francis grant (fs19/206)

Circle of Sir Francis Grant (FS19/206)

Their faces are slightly flushed and in the foreground on the floor is a spinning top and one of their Tam O’Shantas. The boys are dressed in red tunics and posed in a theatrical looking balcony interior with an early Victorian armchair draped in an Indian paisley silk shawl and on a pedestal behind is a neo-classical urn.

However, the star of the show is a very graceful-looking rocking horse with leather bridle and horse hair mane. We have catalogued the painting as Circle of Sir Francis Grant, an important Scottish portrait painter whose subjects included Queen Victoria and other distinguished aristocratic and political figures of the time. The family portrait is offered on 3rd July 2013 in the fine picture auction with an estimate of £1,200-£1,800.

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Monday, June 17, 2013 2:11:34 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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We have been fortunate to sell a good collection of paintings by the East Devon based artist, Alan Cotton.

In April 2013, we offered a group of seven paintings by Cotton, which included views of Hartland Point on the North Devon coast (FS18/301) and (FS18/302), Provence in France (FS18/306) and East Hill close to the coast at Sidmouth(FS18/305).

In our picture sale on 3rd July 2013, there is an atmospheric view overlooking Florence which was painted in the 1980s.

 

 alan cotton - atmospheric view over florence (fs19/289)

Alan Cotton - Atmospheric view over Florence (FS19/289)

Alan Cotton moved to Devon in the 1960s, was a lecturer and academic at Exeter University and Rolle College. He now has a studio in Colaton Raleigh and by Royal Appointment in 2005 he was the official tour artist for the Prince of Wales on a trip to Sri Lanka and Australasia. This view overlooking Florence by Alan Cotton has an estimate of £1,500-£2,000.

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Monday, June 17, 2013 2:03:06 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Wednesday, May 01, 2013 10:36:34 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Friday, April 19, 2013 10:13:45 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Tuesday, April 16, 2013 8:18:03 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Friday, April 12, 2013 11:49:34 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Tuesday, April 09, 2013 11:08:01 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Tuesday, April 09, 2013 9:21:41 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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