Scenes of Snow Set the Tone for Roseberys December Fine Art Auction

08 December 2015

Scenes of Snow Set the Tone for Roseberys December Fine Art Auction

Roseberys London Fine Art Auction Tuesday 1 December 2015, London

Most Czechs are familiar with the work of Josef Lada (1887-  1957), an artist whose self-taught folksy style has delighted  children and adults alike since the first decades of the 20th c  century. He is best known as the illustrator of Jaroslav Hašek‘s  First World War novel The Good Soldier Švejk and the pen  behind the adventures of Mikeš, a little black cat who could talk.

But if Lada is perennially popular in Prague, where he moved  from the small rural village of Hrusice to learn the trade of a  bookbinder at the age of 14, then it is most unusual for his work  to appear for sale outside his own country.

 

The graphite, watercolour and gouache scene of a snow-capped village offered at Roseberys London on Tuesday 1 December came for sale over the counter from a couple who had researched a little of its history.

Signed and dated (19)38 it depicts the artist’s warm memories of Hrusice and the simple childhood joys of wooden sledge and the promise of a warm fire. According to a label to the reverse it had been sold through the Edinburgh dealer Aitken Dott & Son.

A rarity at a UK saleroom, it was estimated at £2000-3000 but competed by bidders from the Czech Republic to £8610 [lot 841].

A more familiar sight to English eyes is the work of Ken Howard (b.1932), renowned for oils of cluttered studios in London and Cornwall and sun-dappled Venice.

Howard’s contributions to the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy are always amongst the first to sell and at Roseberys there was no shortage of bidders for two unframed canvases entered for sale by a vendor who had acquired them directly from the artist. Estimated at £4000-6000 but sold at £9594 was a View from the Academia, Venice, a sparkling panorama of the Grand Canal in full sun [lot 830].

A less typical, and rather more seasonal, scene of snow falling on the monuments around London’s Royal Exchange building followed suit at £8364 [lot 829]. A much larger view of the same subject painted in the rain holds the current auction record for Howard.

Picture specialist Marcus Grey was also pleased to see something of a return to form for the ‘unfashionable’ British oils from the 19th century.

Waiting for the tide, a tranquil scene of Victorian fishing folk preparing the nets in a seaside estuary by Henry Dawson (1811-78) sold extremely well at £3444 [lot 659].

So too did William Ayerst Ingram’s (1855-1913) rather different marine depicting soldiers huddled together on a wind- and rain-lashed deck [lot 761]. Admired for its unusual composition, exceptional untouched condition and an original gilt frame, it was described by one buyer as the best picture he had seen by this much-travelled artist well-acquainted with life at sea. Estimated at £800-1000, it took £3075.

Leading proceedings was a pair of the ever popular Parisian street scenes by the prolific French artist Eugène Galien-Laloue (1854-1941). These evocative scenes of urban life in the Belle Epoque – a bustling world of horse-drawn carriagesvintage cars and shopping executed in gouache – sold at a mid-estimate £13,530 [lot 855].

 

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Prices include Buyers Premium of 23%.

For further information please contact Charlotte Meddings charlottemeddings@roseberys.co.uk  +44 (0) 20 8761 2522

 

Roseberys is a privately owned auction house operating at the heart of the fine art market for more than 25 years.

With offices in London’s Mayfair and Lambeth Roseberys offer a calendar of more than twelve specialist fine art, antiques and collectibles auctions each year.

Specialist sales include a wide range of Asian and Islamic Arts, Modern and Contemporary Art and Design, Decorative Art, Fine Silver and Jewellery, Ceramics, Paintings, Prints, Photography, Antique Textiles, Vintage Fashion and Fine Wine and Whisky.

Roseberys team of world-renowned specialists also provide a wide range of art market services to professional clients, including valuations for insurance and probate.

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