Here’s Sotheby’s take on their £3m Scottish sale which had few runaway surprises but still was able to continue breathing life into the category:Continue Reading
- ‘Flowers and Fruit’ by Samuel Peploe which sold for £512,800
- ‘The Artist’s Drawing Room’ by Francis Cadell which made £400,800 making it the second highest Cadell to be sold at auction.
- John Fergusson’s `At the Milliner’s Paris’ was sold for £222,000.
- In all seven painting made over £100,000.
Bonham’s is holding a sale of art works by John Campbell Mitchell with 52 pieces valued at £30,000. Mitchell’s artwork has hung in his Scottish home since his death in 1922, according to the BBC.
He built a collection of works by his friends and contemporaries such as Charles Mackie, Robert Noble and artist Robert Burns, whose work also feature in the sale. Chris Brickley, head of pictures for Bonhams Scotland, said: “Mitchell is one of Scotland’s more original landscape painters, exhibiting prolifically from 1886 until his death in 1922. “He is a classic example of a British Impressionism artist working en plein air to produce light, atmospheric oils with big skies. His favoured sketching grounds included his home turf of the Argyll coast, Dumfriesshire and Moray.”Continue Reading
Sotheby’s annual Scottish sale has moved from August in Gleneagles to September in London with 152 lots estimated at around £2.4m:
Opening the sale is a strong group of works by the Glasgow Boys. Esteemed by collectors and academics alike, the artists are enjoying a renaissance, as witnessed by a retrospective currently on view at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, soon to relocate to the Royal Academy in London. These young Scottish artists came to prominence in the mid-1880s and very quickly established a distinct and influential presence on the Scottish arts scene. They were avidly supported by the new collectors created by Glasgow’s burgeoning economy. Never a formal group, the Glasgow Boys were often identified as such, no doubt arising from their shared confrontation of the conventional Scottish arts establishment. Overshadowed by the Colourist Group, these artists are at the helm of a full scale revival of interest and the works on offer in Sotheby’s sale will further strengthen their appeal.
Sotheby’s Scottish sale was strong on Colourists and weak on Vettriano. Here are some highlights:
The Scotsman is proud that the rebound in the art market is bringing works of the Scottish Colourists onto the market:
Sotheby’s expects its sale of Scottish pictures to bring in more than £2.3 million. Peploe’s striking Tulips, from 1912, valued at £300,000-£500,000, goes on show with the other works in Edinburgh before heading to London for the 22 April auction. Two pictures in the Sotheby’s sale are Colourist works that have been passed down through several generations and are only now going on sale. FCB Cadell’s bright and breezy Florian Café, Venice, estimated to fetch £100,000-£150,000, is being sold by the great-grandson of one of the painter’s leading patrons. George Leslie Hunter’s work Chrysanthemums, estimated at £200,000-£300,000, is another family heirloom.
Colin Gleadell recounts the end of an era as Sotheby’s abandons its Scottish Pictures sale at Gleneagles Hotel, once the highlight of the August season and grand romp for guests and buyers. Sotheby’s will still sell Scottish art–mostly the Colourists and Jack Vettriano–in a £4 million sale scheduled for September in Edinburgh. Christie’s has exited the field altogether.
The changes now appear to leave the field open for Bonhams to take the reins. In its plush new salerooms in Queen Street, Bonhams goes into its 10th successive year of Scottish sales in Edinburgh from August 18-21, with nine sales and more than 1,000 lots from silver, glass, and whisky, to books, guns, furniture and pictures, estimated to fetch in the region of £1 million.Continue Reading