The following ten lots are from an Important Private Collection, London
Samuel John Peploe, RSA (British, 1871-1935)
Blue & White Vase, Roses, Melon and Orange signed 'Peploe' (lower right) oil on canvas 41 x 45.8 cm. (16 x 18 in.) This work is double sided with 'study for houses and landscape' (verso)
EXHIBITED: Loaned to London, The Fine Art Society, The Scottish Colourists, 19 June-21 July 2000, cat. no. 27
It is well known that Peploe used favourite studio props in endless permutations in his quest to paint the 'perfect still life'. Some of these were very subtle adjustments, others more radical, such as the unusual change here to a landscape format to incorporate the melon motif. The sphere of pale colour enhances the geometry created by the jagged planes and forms of the fan and drapery in the foreground, themselves present to create tension in the picture plane and suggest an illusion of depth in a wilfully two-dimensional design. The typically subtle, chalky colour of the post-1920 period is enlivened by the fruit, and the more sombre tones in the backdrop allow the motifs to be thrown into relief.