Sotheby’s Property from a Hampstead Collection
PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 September 2017
A Hampstead-centric single owner collection is about to go on sale with Sotherby’s
Hampstead has historically been known as a creative seat in London, claiming residents in artists – Constable, Moore, Hepworth, and writers – George Orwell, JB Preistley and Evelyn Waugh.
A Hampstead-centric single owner collection is about to go on sale with Sotherby’s. Property from a Hampstead Collection is a personal, intellectual and quintessentially British collection that is being offered across nine auctions from September to December in London and Hong Kong.
“I knew the owners of this collection well, and remember the warm and civilised atmosphere of their house,” says Philip Hook, Sotheby’s senior international specialist. “They were in the art world, and as such they bough works with an insider’s knowledge as well as with natural good taste.”
While the owners remain anonymous, the pieces are of high distinction and just as high value, with works from Sir John Lavery landscape and Sir Edwin Landseer’s portrait of his lover to rare editions of books by Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Evelyn Waugh and Shakespeare.
An oil on canvas by Harold Gilman, the founder member of the Camden Town Group of post-impressionist artists, is estimated between £150,000 and £250,000. A London Scene in Snow, painted 1917-18, uses an unconventional colour palette to lend depth and character to what could have been a dull suburban snapshot. This will be going in the Modern & Post-War British Art auction on November 21-22.
John Atkinson Grimshaw’s scenes basted in atmospheric light epitomise late 19th century romanticism. An autumnal scene at dusk near Leeds from 1883 is a feature of the Victorian, Pre=Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art auction on December 14, estimated between £120,000 and £180,000.
Influences of Japanese art are clear in the shadow-tipped mountain of The Summit of Jungfrau by Sir John Lavery, in the September 27 Irish Art auction. Lavery travelled to this peak at the recommendation of Lady Gwendoline Churchill, making the ascent to Jungfraujoch station (the construction of which cost 12m francs and 27 lives) creating a temporary studio for himself.
A 15th century gilt-bronze sculpture of a lama and Xu Lei’s Shattered Illusion are part of the Hong Kong auctions on October 2 and 3. Xu Lei’s ink wash painting depicts Ming dynasty chairs and a horse behind a Ming inspired screen.
As well as paintings, there’s also a range of Regency, Georgian and Victorian furniture and rare books.