Scottish Art Sells Best in Scotland

Scottish Art Sells Best in Scotland

A Celtic Vision | A White Glove Sale

In February 2021, our live online auction of A Celtic Vision: A Private Collection of Scottish Paintings  recieved the 'white glove' treatment with 100% of lots sold.

A carefully curated private collection of Scottish paintings received the ‘white glove’ treatment this February in our live online auction. The sale of 75 works offered under the banner A Celtic Vision was 100% sold with the total doubling the pre-sale estimate.

“Our vendor is delighted. The level of interest from bidders was thrilling and some of the sums paid were in excess of retail. It shows once again that Scottish paintings sell best in Scotland.”

-Nick Curnow, Head of Scottish Art 

 

EDWARD ATKINSON HORNEL (SCOTTISH 1864-1933) | SWAN LAKE Signed and dated 1917, oil on canvas | 765cm x 63cm (30in x 25in) Sold for £13,750 incl premium
EDWARD ATKINSON HORNEL (SCOTTISH 1864-1933) | SWAN LAKE
Signed and dated 1917, oil on canvas | 765cm x 63cm (30in x 25in)
Sold for £13,750 incl premium

The title of the sale reflected both content and context. The vendor, a Welshman, had begun his collecting odyssey some 25 years ago after receiving the 1917 oil Swan Lake by Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864-1933) as a gift. It had prompted a visit to Kirkcudbright and Galloway in search of information and inspiration. From then on, every holiday was spent in Scotland hunting for paintings by some of its most celebrated 19th century, 20th century and contemporary names. Artists from Archibald Thorburn to Alan Davie and Peter Howson were represented.

 

ELIZABETH BLACKADDER O.B.E., R.A., R.S.A., R.S.W., R.G.I., D.LITT (SCOTTISH B.1931) THREE CATS

ELIZABETH BLACKADDER O.B.E., R.A., R.S.A., R.S.W., R.G.I., D.LITT (SCOTTISH B.1931) | THREE CATS
Signed and dated 1992, pastel | 46cm x 56cm (18in x 22in) | Exhibited: Royal Academy 1992, no.6; Blondes Fine Art, Widford 2015
Sold for £10,625 incl premium

 

Some of the strongest prices of the day were paid for pictures by Elizabeth Blackadder (b. 1931) and her late husband John Houston (1930-2008). Five works by Scottish ‘national treasure’ Blackadder included one of her coveted feline studies. Three Cats, a pastel signed and dated 1992 that was exhibited at the Royal Academy that same year. It sold for £10,625*, the same sum commanded by Houston's boldly painted Oriental Poppies 1, signed and dated 1984.

 

JOHN HOUSTON R.S.A., R.S.W., S.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1930-2008) | ORIENTAL POPPIES 1 Signed, signed, inscribed and dated on the stretcher 1984, oil on canvas | 51cm x 41cm (20in x 16in) | Exhibited: Mercury Gallery, London 1986; Dr. Ruth Page until 2015 | Sold for £10,625 + fees
JOHN HOUSTON R.S.A., R.S.W., S.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1930-2008) | ORIENTAL POPPIES 1
Signed, signed, inscribed and dated on the stretcher 1984, oil on canvas | 51cm x 41cm (20in x 16in) | Exhibited: Mercury Gallery, London 1986; Dr. Ruth Page until 2015
Sold for £10,625 incl premium

 

Nine sketches by John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961) represented a cross-section of his oeuvre from the academic studies of his early years in Edinburgh - the beautifully executed Woman in a Large Hat sold at £3000* - to the angular and economic lines of his mature ‘European’ technique seen in Figure Promenading, Harlech sold at £2000*. The latter, sketched c.1921 in the Gwynedd resort where his partner Margaret Morris held a summer dance school, shows a debt to both Cezanne and the Vorticist movement.

 

LOT 18 | § JOHN DUNCAN FERGUSSON R.B.A. (SCOTTISH 1874-1961) | WOMAN IN A LARGE HAT Pencil | 27cm x 23cm (10.5in x 9in) | Exhibited: Alexander Meddowes, J.D. Fergusson - Unseen Works, 2013/14, no.5 £2,000 - £3,000 + fees
JOHN DUNCAN FERGUSSON R.B.A. (SCOTTISH 1874-1961) | WOMAN IN A LARGE HAT
Pencil | 27cm x 23cm (10.5in x 9in) | Exhibited: Alexander Meddowes, J.D. Fergusson - Unseen Works, 2013/14, no.5
Sold for £3,000 incl premium

 

Perhaps the most significant sketch in this selection was Flowers and Fruit, a pen, ink and wash of 1911 that relates directly to a handful of Colourist oils Fergusson painted between 1910-12. As detailed to a label verso reading "not to be worked on lineblock....size of letterpress opposite (not half tone) lineblock" it was created for publication, probably in the journal Rhythm, for which Fergusson worked as art-editor in Paris from 1911-13. For unknown reasons this still life was never dispatched to the printers: something that doubtless contributed to its survival. The selling price was £4000*.

 

LOT 19 | § JOHN DUNCAN FERGUSSON R.B.A. (SCOTTISH 1874-1961) | FLOWERS AND FRUIT 1911 Signed verso, inscribed and dated on label verso, pen and ink and wash | 12cm x 11cm (4.75in x 4.25in) | Exhibited: Alexander Meddowes J.D.Fergusson Drawings, 2014/2015 | £2,000 - £3,000 + fees
§ JOHN DUNCAN FERGUSSON R.B.A. (SCOTTISH 1874-1961) | FLOWERS AND FRUIT 1911
Signed verso, inscribed and dated on label verso, pen and ink and wash | 12cm x 11cm (4.75in x 4.25in) | Exhibited: Alexander Meddowes J.D.Fergusson Drawings, 2014/2015
Sold for £4,000 incl premium

 

Despite the now familiar ‘lockdown’ conditions that prohibited a public view, the 75 works were hung artfully in L&T’s Edinburgh saleroom and many buyers chose to inspect potential purchases by taking a virtual tour from the safety and comfort of home.

 

ALBERTO MORROCCO R.S.A., R.S.W., R.P., R.G.I., L.L.D (SCOTTISH 1917-1999) THE HARBOUR AT CAMOGLI
ALBERTO MORROCCO R.S.A., R.S.W., R.P., R.G.I., L.L.D (SCOTTISH 1917-1999) | THE HARBOUR AT CAMOGLI
Signed, pencil and watercolour | 51cm x 61cm (20in x 24in) | Provenance: The artist's estate through the Open Eye Gallery
Sold for £10,000 incl premium

 

Sold for £10,000* was The Harbour at Camogli, a pencil and watercolour by Alberto Morrocco (1917-1999) with a provenance to the artist’s estate while another watercolour, The Lily Pond by Charles Oppenheimer (1876-1961) brought £5500*. The latter was originally owned by Robert Baird, ghillie of the duck pond in the painting at Kirkchrist where Oppenheimer used to shoot. Oppenheimer was so grateful for the use of the area that he painted the picture for Baird whose grandson later found it, carefully wrapped and stored under a bed.

 

*All sold prices include buyer's premium.

 

Auction Information

 

A Celtic Vision: A Private Collection of Scottish Paintings

Thursday 25th February 2021

 

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