A Truly Global Affair....

Posted in: British & International Pictures
Posted on: 10 July 2015
A Truly Global Affair....  The British & International Pictures Auction at McTear’s, held last Sunday afternoon, was as buoyant as ever. Despite its best efforts, the summer rain couldn’t dampen some very strong and interesting results!

Laurence Biddle (British 1888-1968) has long been considered a masterly painter of still lifes; Lot 2, ‘Pansies, Geraniums, Sweet Williams, Virginia Stocks, Lobelia, Alyssum and Nemesia’ (to give it its full title!) was a very strong example of the artist’s signature style in oils and, thanks to its tranquil beauty, succeeded in attracting plenty of admiring glances as it hung on the wall of McTear’s Pictures Gallery. £1,500 was the hammer price achieved, proving that still life paintings are still very much ‘en vogue’.

With almost identical birth and death dates, another excellent British artist represented in the auction was Leonard Richmond (British 1889 – 1965); an artist living amongst artists (Richmond spent several years living and working in the St Ives artist’s colony, Cornwall), this painter and prolific exhibitor was renowned for his ability to capture the light and atmosphere of the Cornish coast that he loved and knew so well. Lot 50, ‘St Ives Harbour from Studio Window’ gives the viewer a rare glimpse of the artist’s working environment and the magnificent view afforded by the wide window recess. This desirable English painting realised a hammer price of £1,500.

Let’s move away from art of British origin and on to lot 10 by the Turkish artist Nejad Devrim (1923-1995), ‘Abstract Composition’. Whilst thick, abstract art of this nature is not to every buyer’s taste, this highly controlled painting attracted the attention of several Turkish bidders, who were all sure to book a telephone line on the day. Selling for £4,800 hammer, the local crowd found this lot, with its multiple telephone bidders, a fun one to observe.

Another thrilling lot to observe was lot 8, an exquisitely hand-painted, late 19th century Meissen plaque. The artist (whose signature was not present) masterfully depicted a stone ledge on which rested an abundance of peonies, roses and campanula, all dusted with light morning dew. The effect is mesmerising and Meissen collectors the world over were all but booking their flights to Glasgow to review the work in person! Another fierce telephone and internet battle ensued and a fantastic hammer price of £7,200 was achieved. A great result…let’s do it all again in ten weeks' time! 

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