We were delighted to present a specialist focus on the Scottish Colourist Samuel John Peploe in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth in our flagship December 2021 Scottish Paintings & Sculpture auction. A collection of five exceptional paintings by the acclaimed Scottish Colourist, Samuel John Peploe led the auction, selling for £1,170,000*. One of the most important Scottish artists of the 20th century, Peploe was the eldest and most successful of the four artists known as the ‘Scottish Colourists’.
A stunning still life, Roses and Fruit, led the Peploe pieces, achieving £735,000*. It was estimated to achieve between £300,000 and £500,000. While The Statuette, a fine example of the assured still lifes which Peploe created, sold for £187,500*.
The final result for the entire auction, which took place on Thursday 09 December included work by Peploe’s fellow Scottish Colourists, J.D. Fergusson, F.C.B. Cadell and G.L. Hunter, totalled £2.3m.
One painting by Cadell of St Columba’s Bay, Iona, sold for £100,000*. Cadell is as renowned for his depictions of the Hebridean island of Iona. Indeed, the importance of his Iona paintings was recognised by a room dedicated to them in the major retrospective of his work held at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 2011.
Works by Anne Redpath, the doyenne of Post-WWII Scottish Painting, proved popular with her brightly coloured still lifes leading a group of her works with Still Life on a Patterned Tablecloth achieving £81,250* and Still Life - Tulips and Lilies selling for £75,000*.
This fantastic result was a fitting end to a year of record sales with our in person and live online auctions.
Nick Curnow, our Head of Fine Art said: “Roses and Fruit is a remarkable painting and we are, of course, delighted with the sum achieved in this anniversary year which marks 150 years since the artist’s birth. The auction as a whole did extremely well and is a fantastic outcome as 2021 draws to a close."
Lyon & Turnbull’s Scottish Paintings & Sculpture specialists host two auctions per year from our Scottish auction house based in Edinburgh. Successfully selling around 90% of Scottish Colourist works handled in the last eight years, a record unmatched by our competitors – selling Scottish art in Scotland has always been a Lyon & Turnbull lynchpin. Our specialists are experts not only on the works of Scottish artists, but also on the workings of the art market, and it is this combination that fuels our on-going success in the field.