Posted in: Scottish Pictures
Posted on: 27 March 2015
The Scottish Pictures Auction was another success, with plenty of live bidding, in the gallery, online and through phone bids, proving again that McTear’s is the best place to auction your Scottish pictures.
Edward Atkinson Hornel was the star of the show, as expected, with three strong paintings reaching excellent hammer prices. First to come up to auction was ‘Hyacinths’ (lot 8), a beautiful depiction of two young girls amongst trees and bluebells. Spring came early for the lucky buyer of this work, which achieved a final hammer price of £14,500. A slightly earlier work by Hornel (lot 15) ‘Summer’, dated 1910, attracted a great deal of interest as well. The single girl is draped in a gorgeous floral fabric, which gracefully blends into the light and airy background. Being such a sweet picture, it’s no wonder this Hornel achieved a hammer of £12,000, just at the top end of the estimate. And last but not least was ‘Girls at Brighouse Bay’ (lot 62), which was accompanied by an excellent photograph of Hornel in his studio, taken by James Craig Annan. Enscribed verso, the photograph lists the gentlemen present as ‘Mr. Robertson, E. A. Hornel, John P. Kinghorn and John Keppie at Broughton House, Kirkcudbright, new year 1911.’ This exciting glimpse into the artist’s studio, while working on a grand scale painting, is an exciting addition to this painting, which achieved a hammer of £9,000. Such great results suggest McTear’s is the best place to auction or buy your Hornel pictures.
Another regular success at McTear’s is John Maclauchlan Milne, who never fails to attract plenty of attention. In Sunday’s auction, Maclauchlan Milne’s ‘The Farm Steading’ (lot 123) gained interest in the room, online and through telephone bids. This depiction of a quaint farm scene using earthy tones is vastly different from Maclauchlan Milne ‘Sannox Bay, Arran’ (lot 1457) in January’s Scottish Pictures Auction, which used a much light palette and exemplifies the French Impressionists influence on the artist. ‘The Farm Steading’, although a more traditional scene, had buyers competing to be the owner, achieving a final hammer price of £10,000. This ever successful artist is an ideal addition to any collection.
Other successes at Sunday’s auction were James Kay’s ‘Belgian Street Scene’ (lot 46) with a hammer of £2,200, James Stuart Park’s ‘Pink Roses’ (lot 82) with a hammer of £1,200, and Robert Macaulay Stevenson’s ‘Bluebells’ (lot 111), another springtime necessity with a hammer of £800. With such excellent artists and great prices, be sure not to miss the next Scottish Pictures Auction on May 31st.
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