Published 1st October 2014
In addition to our weekly Antiques & Interiors (including paintings, watercolours and prints), there is our Selected Picture Sale on 14th October 2014 and this includes 20th century works like the oil of Connemara (EX117/23) by Adrian Hill (1895-1977), who was an Official War Artist and later an art teacher, which is estimated at £150-£250.
Among the other earlier paintings in the same sale are traditional 19th century works like Racehorse in a Stable Interior (EX117/50) attributed to Edwin Loder (1827-1885) with an estimate of £200-£300 and the Country Folk and Pig outside a Cottage (EX117/53), with a similar estimate. There is too a 19th century copy of Raphael's Madonna of The Veil (EX117/44), which is estimated at £250-£350.
Later in the same week, on Friday, 17 October 2014, we are conducting a Charity Auction for Macmillan Cancer Support, which is being hosted by Michelmores Solicitors at their offices here in Exeter. The Macmillan organisers have gathered a super group of Paintings, Sculpture and Jewellery by well known contemporary artists including Hearther Jansch, Barry Kelly, Thorie Hinds, Richard Freer, Brian Ainsworth, Niggy Dowler, Heidi Archer and Richard Thorn. I think it is well worth having a look at the details of this charity sale and the fully illustrated catalogue is on line at www.michelmores.com/events/art4macmillan
At the end of the month, on Tuesday 28th October 2014, the Major Painting Auction in the Autumn 2014 Fine Sale includes a fine Victorian watercolour by Myles Birkett Foster (1825-1899) of children gathering elderberries (FS24/292). This is a large scale work for Foster and the estimate is £12,000-£18,000. Birket Foster was a successful and extremely popular 19th Century watercolourist, illustrator and engraver. He was born in North Shields and his family moved to London in 1830. His father recognised his son's artistic talent and apprenticed him to the wood engraver Ebenezer Landells, where he worked on illustrations for Punch magazine and the Illustrated London News.
Birket Foster taught himself to paint in watercolour and he became a pretty instant success. Elected a member of the Old Watercolour Society in 1860, he went on to exhibit some 400 works at the Royal Academy over two decades.
Birkett Foster travelled widely at this time, painting in Scotland, the Rhine Valley, the Swiss Lakes, and Italy, especially Venice. It was after moving to Witley in Surrey that he started to produce the work for which he is best known, sentimentalised views of the contemporary English countryside. Although criticised by some for their idealised view of country life, this body of work proved very popular and sold for three figure sums in their time. He generally worked on a small scale, but is one of very few watercolourists to make a complete success of large compositions, like the one here in our sale.
The sale also showcases ten views of Italy and in particular Venice and Rome. My favourite is the Clarkson Stanfield (1793-1867) oil of the spectacular Trajans Column (FS24/271), which is still an important and popular sight among ancient Roman architecture. This painting has an estimate of £2,000-£3,000.
The small dynasty of Bouvard painters made many views of Venice and the sale includes an oil of a Venetian canal by Antoine Bouvard (1876-1956) with a £3,000-£5,000 estimate (FS24/269). And there is also a view of The Grand Canal (FS24/267) by Rafael Senet (1856-1926) with a similar estimate. To underline the continued attraction of The City of Bridges, a contemporary oil (FS24/243) by Alan Cotton is estimated at £800-£1,200.
This major sale also includes a full-length portrait of Arthur Scotland Yates as A child with his mother (FS24/210) which was painted by Thomas Musgrave Joy (1812-1866) in 1844.
Arthur Scotland Yates was a racehorse jockey who won over 450 races and rode in the Grand National in 1870 and 1872. He was never a winner in The National, but did win the race as a successful trainer and, in addition, he claimed to have saddled nearly 3,000 winners!
The major West Country painting in the sale is by an important Cornish artist called Richard Thomas Pentreath (1806-1869) who was born in Mounts Bay and died in Exmouth. Pontreath was a skilled and popular artist in his day who had travelled on the continent and exhibited at The Royal Academy. The painting here is of Mounts Bay and St Michael's Mount (FS24/296) and the estimate is £4,000-£6,000.
Twentieth century painting continues to be popular and alongside four oils by Fred Yates is an iconic character study by Beryl Cook of an exuberant and playful lady dancing. The title is Twinkle Toes (FS2/236) and the estimate is £6,000-£8,000.
We look forward to seeing you in Exeter at any of these forthcoming October sales and if you require any further information please contact Dan Goddard.