Samuel John Peploe RSA (British, 1871-1935) Still life with Roses in a Chinese Vase 51 x 41 cm. (20 1/16 x 16 1/8 in.)
Lot 25
Samuel John Peploe RSA
(British, 1871-1935)
Still life with Roses in a Chinese Vase 51 x 41 cm. (20 1/16 x 16 1/8 in.)
£300,000 - 500,000
US$ 400,000 - 670,000

Scottish Art

11 Oct 2017, 14:00 BST

Edinburgh

Lot Details
Samuel John Peploe RSA (British, 1871-1935) Still life with Roses in a Chinese Vase 51 x 41 cm. (20 1/16 x 16 1/8 in.) Samuel John Peploe RSA (British, 1871-1935) Still life with Roses in a Chinese Vase 51 x 41 cm. (20 1/16 x 16 1/8 in.)
Samuel John Peploe RSA (British, 1871-1935)
Still life with Roses in a Chinese Vase
signed 'Peploe' (lower right)
oil on canvas
51 x 41 cm. (20 1/16 x 16 1/8 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE
    Muriel Cleland. Muriel's father, Sir Charles Cleland, was a prominent Glasgow civic figure and businessman. Her mother, Janet Houston Burrell, was one of Sir William Burrell's sisters. The picture may have been a gift from Sir William, or bought on his advice, in the 1920s.
    Thence by family descent.

    This archetypal, market-fresh oil features many of the hallmarks of Peploe's 1920s oeuvre. Motifs such as the pink roses, Chinese vase, fan, fruit, drapery and chair arm have become so familiar that the Peploe still life is now one of the most recognisable 'sub genres' in Modern British art.

    After the War, Peploe set himself the task of painting the 'perfect still life' and his meticulously set and crafted paintings have become particularly prized. There was no sustained tradition of still life painting in British art before the Colourists, and their bright, modern appeal and accessible nature assures them an international following.

    Using relatively few props, Peploe explored the visual tensions between form and space, tone and pure colour, light and shade to create distinctive works like the present example. The crisp blue outlines, combination of painterly brushwork and flatter planes date this to the early 1920s.
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