Peploe Masterpieces Sold for Charity Top Results at Bonhams Scottish Sale in Edinburgh

Edinburgh – Two works by the Scottish Colourist master Samuel Peploe (1871-1935) were among the top sellers at Bonhams' annual Scottish Sale on Thursday 14 October in Edinburgh. Still Life with Geranium sold for £187,750 (Estimate: £150,000-250,000) and Red Rose was bought for £112,750 (Estimate: £100,000-150,000). The proceeds will go to benefit the work of Amnesty International. The 113-lot strong paintings sale made a total of £1,620,400 with 82% sold by lot and 84% sold by value.

Bonhams Scottish Art specialist May Matthews, commented: "These two works by Peploe created a lot of interest before the sale and this continued at the auction itself with spirited bidding and high prices. Still Life with Geranium, in particular, was an important and rare example of the artist's unique and distinctive style and I am not surprised that it sold so well."

The sale also featured The German Fleet After Surrender - Firth of Forth 21 November 1918 by James Paterson (1854-1932). The monumental painting depicted the first phase of implementation of the Armistice signed on November 11 under which the German Fleet was to be interned at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys. Paterson painted the scene just as he himself had witnessed it from the deck of the aptly named battleship Revenge. Sold for £40,250 (Estimate: £15,000-25,000).

15 October 2021

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