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British Art Week at Christie's

22/05/2008, By

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From Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th June 2008 Christie's will host British Art Week, a series of auctions, lectures and events dedicated to the history of British art and furniture. British Art Week presents a selection of paintings, watercolours, furniture and sculpture representing over 300 years of British art. Highlights include works by many renowned artists, including Burne-Jones, Heron, Hepworth, Lowry, Millais and Turner, as well as a selection of important furniture from four British collections. A breathtaking array of beautiful British Art on Paper kick starts it on the 4th.

Featuring over 90 works, which span three centuries, the sale is led by Joseph Mallord William Turner’s atmospheric watercolour The Mew Stone, off Plymouth Harbour , which comes with extraordinary provenance; having originally been acquired by John Ruskin, the influential art historian, critic and artist, at Christie’s in 1869 and now offered for sale from the Collection of Denys Sutton, the long-reigning editor of Apollo Magazine.

Other highlights include 30 works by Augustus John which are from a private collection previously hung in the artist’s Chelsea studio and works by Sir Thomas Lawrence, Sir William Russell Flint, Walter Langley , Edward Lear, Peter de Wint and a captivating Study for a head of a mermaid, 1886, by Sir Edward Burne-Jones (Image 2).

On Thursday, 5th June at 10.30am, there is a sale including Important Furniture. This offers a total of 209 works from four British collections, each formed under the auspices of a decorator: Hicks, Jansen, Whealon and Iliffe, which combine to provide a gloriously varied array of divine furniture and works of art which celebrate British connoisseurship (Image 3).

The sale includes both English and European masterpieces and highlights range from the genius design of a circular ‘Jupe’ extending dining table, attributed to Johnstone, Jeanes & Co., mid 19th century, a late Louis XV ormolu-mounted marquetry and parquetry commode, attributed to Jean-Francois Oeben, circa 1760 to an Irish George II mahogany side table, mid 18th century (estimate: £80,000-120,000) and a pair of slender, Campana shaped Louis XVI ormolu-mounted agate and white marble vases.

Other significant works include a George III white marble chimneypiece, designed by Robert Adam, circa 1765, a matched pair of north Italian, ebonised and parcel-gilt ‘chinoiserie’ circular centre tables, first half 19th century and a pair a pair of George III ormolu tripod perfume-burners, circa 1779, by Matthew Boulton.

On Thursday, 5th June at 2.30pm there is a sale of Victorian and Traditionalist Pictures. This features 99 atmospheric works and is led by an entrancing portrait ‘Twixt Hope and Fear’ by Lord Frederic Leighton (Image 1) as well as two impressive works Jasmine by Albert Joseph Moore and The Triumph of Love, a painting on 4 canvases framed as one by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones. Both of the latter paintings are offered from the non-core collection of Watts Gallery, Surrey, in order to raise money for the collection endowment fund at the Gallery to safeguard the future of its core collection.

Notable works offered elsewhere include further highlights such as Waiting for the Verdict; and Not Guilty, 1859, by Abraham Solomon, The First Meal, circa 1894 by Henry Herbert La Thangue, Wedding Cards by Sir John Everett Millais and The Sleeping Beauty by The Hon. John Collier, 1921.

There is a sale of 20th Century British Art, including the Peter Meyer Collection, on Friday, 6th June at 10.30 am; this includes 183 inspirational paintings, drawings and sculptures by the leading names of the genre; which in colour, composition, style and theme imbue visual delight.

Christie’s are offering a selection of works from the Peter Meyer Collection, which is one of the finest, most comprehensive collections of 20th Century British Art to be offered at auction and comprises paintings by Henry Moore, Lucian Freud, Ben Nicholson, Graham Sutherland, Bridget Riley and William Scott, all of which appear at auction for the first time.

Elsewhere four superb works by Laurence Stephen Lowry will be offered and are led by Manchester City vs. Sheffield United, 1938 and An Old Church, 1943, a recently discovered work by which has not been seen in public since the 1940s when it was bought by the present owner’s mother from the artist’s London agents, please see separate press release for more information.

The plethora of other important works range from five Barbara Hepworth sculptures led by Sea Form (Porthmeor), 1958 (Image 4), and Head of J.Y.M. – Profile V, 1987 by Frank Auerbach, to Racehorses, 1912 by David Bomberg and Bowl, Eggs and Lemons, 1950, by William Scott (Image 5), as well as Camellia Garden: March 1956, by Patrick Heron, Porthcadjack, blue & black, 1960, by Paul Feiler, four lots of Tribute Heads by Dame Elisabeth Frink and Still life of white cup, saucer and jug on a table, circa 1917-18 by Harold Gilman.

Works of art to be sold during British Art Week will be on public view at Christie’s, King Street, from 27th May to 5th June.

Sales: Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th June 2008
Christie's
8 King Street
St. James's
London SW1Y 6QT
+44 (0)20 7839 9060

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