Chorley’s November Auction: 20th century Art & Design
Tuesday 22 & Wednesday 23 November
Chorley’s November Auction
20th century Art & Design
Chorley’s two day November auction showcases furniture, pictures, objects and jewellery from the Arts and Crafts period to the present day, with estimates to suit every budget…
In Chorley’s November auction, the undoubted highlight of the paintings section is a still life by Christopher Wood (1901–1930). Wood briefly studied architecture at Liverpool University, where he met Augustus John who encouraged him to become a painter. By the mid-1920s, Wood was moving in the circles of Jean Cocteau and Picasso and producing a large number of paintings. In 1925 alone, he produced around 60 paintings, many of which were flower compositions. Addicted to opium, tragically he took his own life before the extent of his talent could be known.
The present work entitled Tulips and Hyacinths has many of the distinctive characteristics of his work, an intensity of colour and subtle patterns of wavy lines and crosshatching which creates the interplay between two and three dimensionality. This is a major work from an artist whose pictures hang in the Tate Gallery, The Louvre and in many important private collections. Accordingly, it is estimated at £40,000–60,000.
Another picture sure to attract the eye is Mickey and Minnie by the street artist known as Mr Brainwash. Believed to be a French born ex-pat now living in LA, Mr Brainwash has been linked to British graffiti artist Banksy and is even considered by some to be a pseudonym. This colourful twist on the Disney characters carries an estimate of £3,000–5,000.
More affordable to most, the auction also offers a large number of limited edition colour prints, including a series of African big cats by wildlife artist Simon Combes. The studio collection of the late Barbara Dorf, original artworks ranging from colourful still lifes and nude studies to Balkan landscapes, is being offered without reserve and with all proceeds going to charity.
If your walls are already covered, there is plenty of furniture to suit all tastes, from the rustic oak of Liberty and Robert ’Mouseman’ Thompson to the chrome modernism of Charles Eames and David Linley.
A sparkling selection of jewellery and silver includes pieces by fashion houses Hermès, Boucheron and Georg Jensen, and a good range of studio pottery and glass provides the opportunity to purchase some truly unique Christmas presents.
Viewing at Chorley’s saleroom is on Sunday 20 November, from 10am–4pm, and Monday 21 November, from 9am–5pm, as well as from 8am–10am on both sale mornings. A fully illustrated catalogue is available to view on Chorley’s website.
Chorley’s, Prinknash Abbey Park, near Cheltenham: 01452 344499 / GL4 8EU / chorleys.com