Leads Bonhams Winter Pictures Sale In Edinburgh

19th and 20th Century Pictures
27 Nov 2018

A bright, sunny work by the major Scottish Colourist, Samuel Peploe (1871-1935), leads Bonhams 19th and 20th Century Pictures Sale in Edinburgh on Tuesday 27 November. Tulips in a Chinese Vase is estimated at £220,000-280,000.

Bonhams Head of Scottish Art, Chris Brickley said, "Peploe spent his entire career striving to achieve the perfect Still Life. He would often arrange and re-arrange the same objects – flowers, a vase, fruit – in his attempts to master the never-ending mystery of the relationship between color and form. By the mid-1920s, when Tulips in a Chinese Vase was painted, he had adopted a bright palette and his assured handling of color and sophisticated compositional sense had brought him closer to his cherished objective. Peploe works from this period are highly desirable and I expect strong interest from collectors."

The sale also offers a collection of paintings by the artist and novelist Alasdair Gray (born 1934) which once belonged to Professor Sykes of Strathclyde University. They include Homage to Bill Skinner, a tribute to a remarkable friend of the artist. Bill Skinner had been a shipyard worker and laboratory assistant. He conducted research into particle compression and the Origins of Life from his mother's home in Otago Street, Glasgow, where he also set up a museum (by appointment) in her parlor. In the 1940s, he founded his own political party, 'The Scottish Socialist Republic', of which he was, towards the end of his life in 1973, the only member. Homage to Bill Skinner is estimated at £7,000-10,000.

Other works in the sale include:

- Girl Eating Melon by Joan Eardley (1921-1963). Estimate: £20,000-30,000
- Burano by Alberto Morrocco (1917-1998). Estimate £12,000-18,000
- Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe by Sir David Young Cameron (1865-1945). The famous 15th century ruined castle has been painted by many artists over the centuries including J M. W. Turner. Estimate: £10,000-15,000


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