Published 27th June 2012
The fine paintings in the July 2012 Fine Sale include over twenty maritime pictures with three by Richard Mark Myers (FS12/332, FS12/333, FS12/334) who was born in San Mateo, California in 1945. His childhood years were spent in Hong Kong working on board square riggers and he moved to South West England in 1971 concentrating on painting and maritime historical research. The major painting of the three is of 'The Smacksman and Brixham Trawlers' estimated at £1,400-1,800.
The fine painting section also includes a fresh and dramatic oil by Belfast born artist George Fagan Bradshaw who was sent to the Naval College at Dartmouth in Devon at the age of 15 and subsequently settled in St Ives in Cornwall after his court martial and discharge from the navy in 1921. Lot 325, a coastal trader, was painted in 1924 and is estimated
There are three interesting 20th century paintings with connections and influences with Fascism and Surrealism. Two striking figurative oils by Michel Fingesten (FS12/239 and FS12/240) are each estimated at £1,200-£1,800. Fingesten was born in 1884 in Buckovice, Silesia, in the Habsburg Empire which is now part of the Czech Republic, and he died in 1943 in Cerisano, southern Italy, after the Allied liberation of the camp in which he had been interned since 1941.
Fingesten was one of the most original and productive graphic artists and bookplate designers of the 20th century and is especially noted for his Surrealist and Cubist influenced prints and paintings that capture the darkening mood of Europe as it slides into the brutality and devastation associated with Fascism, Nazism and World War II.
And lot 241 is a work by Luigi Rossolo (1885-1947) who is an important name in Italian Futurism. The destruction of most his work prompted the Royal Academy to claim in the 1989 catalogue of Italian Art in the 20th Century that all his later work was 'lost' and indeed very little has come to the market. His most famous painting, which is in the Estorik Collection, is La Musica (1911). Rossolo was also an accomplished composer and musician inventing the intonarumoro (noise-intoner), which was a gurgling, buzzing, exploding device enthusiastically admired by Stavinsky and Prokofiev. The Russolo painting is a Nocturne Landscape, estimated at £3,000-£5,000.
Closer to home is a painting of Rye High Street by Walter Frederick Osborne (lot 244) who was born in Rathmines, Dublin. He studied at the Royal Hibernian Academy School and won the Taylor Prize in 1881 and 1882 whilst studying in Antwerp. In 1892, he returned to Ireland and set-up a studio in Dublin and here he worked plein air in the city and around St Patrick's Cathedral or in the surrounding countryside.
He died at the age of 44 from pneumonia when on the brink of his artistic maturity. His final work Tea in The Garden, a dazzling fusion of naturalism and impressionism, remained unfinished and is in the collection of The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. The view offered here is estimated at £4,000-£6,000.
The sale also includes an Old Master oil of a Winter Landscape with Figures (FS12/277) in the manner of Aert van der Neer and an interesting group of portraits from the 17th Century to the 20th Century including a fine three-quarter length, Circle of Sir Peter Lely, painting of Lady Elizabeth Grimston (FS12/235) estimated at £3,000-£5,000, a Victorian portrait by Charls Louis Lucien Muller (FS12/233), estimated at between at £600 and £900 and a miniature of a gentleman by Nathaniel Hone who was born in 1718 (FS12/224), estimated at £500-£700.