June Select Sale of Paintings

Lot 4: Henry Scott Tuke's 'Half Length Portrait of a Boy'
Lot 14: Frank Kelsey's View of Schooners at Anchor in a Cornish Estuary
Lot 76: Harald Pryn's 'Gandlose'

The June Sale of Selected Paintings and Prints will be held on 15th June 2011.  The sale starts with Lot 1, an important watercolour album compiled by the relatively little-known artist R.H. Manning as a present for his niece. The album hints towards Manning being a collector as well as an artist. He obviously asked a number of his contemporaries for a small watercolour for inclusion in the album and so it includes works by David Cox Junior, James Duffield Harding, Henry Gastineau, Henry Pilleau and William Leighton Leitch to name but a few. The works on paper have largely survived in excellent condition hidden from sunlight and dust in the pages of the album. The album carries a presale estimate of £3000-5000, click here to view the contents of the album and see a detailed collation of the contents.

The Select Sale continues with two watercolours and an oil on board by the highly collectable Cornish artist Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929). ‘Half Length Study of a Boy’ is a small oil on board (12 x 19cm) by Tuke highlights his mastery of capturing light. It is beautifully presented in a gilt frame which carries a David Messum gallery label to the reverse adding important provenance to this unsigned work. Lot 4 is offered with a presale estimate of £6000-10000.

Continuing with the Cornish theme is Lot 14, a beautiful painting of Schooners in a Cornish Estuary by the artist Frank Kelsey (1864-1932). In contrast with the Tuke, this oil on canvas is very large, measuring 89cm x 135cm excluding the wide gilt wood section frame. Showing size does not always dictate value it is offered with a presale estimate of £2000-3000.

Measuring 100 x 135cm, another large oil on canvas within the auction is Lot 76. A work by Danish artist Harald Pryn (1891-1968) titled ‘Gandløse’. This painting of a lane near Copenhagen glistens under the artist’s handling of snow. This lot is estimated at £1500-2500.

The auction also includes four original oils on canvas by David Shepherd (click here for more information). To view all the paintings, drawings and prints within the June auction please click here.  The June sale continues with Silver, Jewellery, Medals & Militaria, Oriental Ceramics & Works of Art, British & Continental Ceramics & Glass, Furniture, Metalwork and Collectors’ Items, Textiles and Rugs. In addition, on the 14th June Toovey’s hold their Specialist Sale of Toys, Dolls and Games. To view the free online catalogue please click here.

Lot 1 Watercolour Album

Lot 1 within Toovey’s sale of Selected Paintings and Prints on 15th June 2011 is an important album compiled by the artist R.H. Manning for his niece, containing fifty-six works on paper by various hands, thirteen related photographs and three prints, the majority mounted, circa 1860-1865, most inscribed below the work with artist’s name and title by Manning, all contained within a contemporary blue and gilt tooled leather binding.

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Collation of Lot 1, in our forthcoming Sale of Selected Fine Art, on 15th June 2011:

R.H. Manning – ‘Bronze Statue of San Carlo Borromeo at Arona Lago Maggiore’, pencil heightened with white, titled, approx 13cm x 18cm.

R.H. Manning – ‘St Goarshausen on the Rhine’, pencil heightened with white, titled, approx 13cm x 18cm.

(The above two on one leaf and opposite an early photograph of the artist [Not illustrated])

Attributed to Henry Earp – ‘Landscape with Cattle’, watercolour, approx 12cm x 17.5cm.

David Cox Jnr – ‘In North Wales’, watercolour, signed, approx 10.5cm x 16.5cm.

William Leighton Leitch – ‘Lake of Garda’, watercolour, signed and dated 1861, approx 11.5cm x 17cm.

Attributed to Daniel Fowler – ‘On the Lake of Garda’, charcoal heightened with white, approx 13.5cm x 17.5cm.

R.H. Manning – ‘Minster Isle of Thanet’, watercolour, approx 13.5cm x 20.5cm.

James Duffield Harding – ‘A Study’, pencil heightened with white, signed with initials, approx 16.5cm x 25.5cm.

David Hall McKewan – ‘On the… Co Down, Ireland’, watercolour, signed, approx 10cm x 14cm.

A mid/late 19th Century engraving on india paper mounted, ‘From a Picture in the possession of R.H Manning’, approx 14cm x 17cm.

Cornelius Pearson – ‘Loch Adway Perthshire’, watercolour, signed and dated 1861, approx 10.5cm x 17.5cm.

K. Wicksteed – ‘May Day’, pen and ink heightened with white, signed and dated Dec’r 9th 1861, approx 15cm x 22.5cm.

Henry Gastineau – ‘View in Carmarthenshire’, watercolour with pencil traces, approx 10cm x 15cm.

A mid/late 19th Century hand-coloured lithograph, ‘Calesso di Resina ditto Carrigolo’, approx 15.5cm x 23cm.

A mid/late 19th Century watercolour over pencil, ‘Life in Naples’, approx 29cm x 19cm.

Attributed to B.E. Kennedy – ‘Coast of Genoa’, watercolour, approx 10.5cm x 18cm.

R.H. Manning – ‘St Lawrence’, pencil heightened with white, signed with initials, titled and dated 1861, approx 12.5cm x 20cm.

Thomas Charles Leeson Rowbotham – ‘Coast of Genoa’, watercolour, signed and dated 1861, approx 14.5cm x 24cm.

M. Robertson – Study of a Spray of Flowers, watercolour and pencil, signed and dated 1862, approx 24cm x 17cm.

Attributed to James Duffield Harding – ‘Ladram Bay, Devonshire’, charcoal heightened with white, approx 11cm x 16cm.

G.M. Robinson – ‘Metzingen’, pencil heightened in white, signed with initials, approx 25cm x 17.5cm.

Attributed to Fanny Blacksley – ‘Magdalen after Guido’, watercolour, image size approx 8cm x 9cm.

Attributed to H.A. Spitta – ‘Composition’, watercolour, approx 10cm x 15cm.

R.H. Manning – ‘Bellagio Lake of Como’, watercolour, approx 11cm x 21cm.

Attributed to ?Clara Montalba – Interior Scene, watercolour and pencil, inscribed below image ‘…cut out from a letter from Madlle Montalba aged 13 to her father in London, 1860.’, approx 12.5cm x 12.5cm.

(The above opposite two photographs of works of art [Not illustrated])

Attributed to John Smith – ‘Composition Italy’, watercolour, approx 14.5cm x 19.5cm.

C. Groves – ‘Garlinge near Margate’, watercolour, signed and dated 1861, approx 13.5cm x 21cm.

Mary Caroline Blacksley – Study of a Fallen Bird, watercolour, image size approx 10cm x 12cm.

(The above opposite a photograph of a work of art [Not illustrated])

Henry Pilleau – ‘The Lock’, watercolour, signed, approx 14cm x 20.5cm. Note: incorrectly captioned ‘Wm Pilleau’.

(The above opposite a photograph of an artist painting [Not illustrated])

Maria Gastineau – ‘Folkestone’, watercolour, signed and dated 1861, approx 13cm x 20cm.

Sept. Scott – ‘Bude, Ct of Cornwall’, watercolour, signed with initials, approx 8.5cm x 19.5cm.

(The above opposite three small photographs of works of art on one leaf [Not illustrated])

R.H. Manning – ‘Elizabeth Castle, Jersey’, watercolour, approx 9cm x 16.5cm.

A mid/late 19th Century pen and ink drawing, ‘A Study’, bears signature ‘B. Foster’, approx 8cm x 13.5cm. Note: incorrectly captioned ‘W. Pilleau’.

R.H. Manning – ‘The Thames near Goring’, watercolour, approx 10cm x 8.5cm.

(The above three on one leaf)

Attributed to T.I. Toper – ‘Landscape’, monochrome watercolour, approx 6.5cm x 10cm.

William Collingwood Smith – ‘Lake of Como near Bellagio’, watercolour, signed, approx 12.5cm x 18.5cm.

William Leighton Leitch – ‘Haywards Heath’, watercolour, signed, approx 11cm x 17cm.

R.H. Manning – ‘Coddenham Church, Suffolk’, watercolour, signed with initials and dated 1860, approx 17.5cm x 25cm.

James Duffield Harding – ‘Berwick on Tweed’, pencil heightened in white, approx 8.5cm x 13cm.

(The above opposite an oval photograph, possibly of Harding [Not illustrated])

Attributed to Henry Pilleau – ‘Hastings’, watercolour, approx 13.5cm x 21.5cm.

Attributed to Möller – ‘At Brieng Switz’d’, watercolour, approx 18.5cm x 27.5cm.

David Cox Jnr – ‘Evening’, watercolour, signed, approx 10cm x 15.5cm.

Attributed to William Leighton Leitch – ‘Aberystwith from a sketch by R.H.M.’, watercolour, approx 16cm x 24.5cm.

R.H. Manning – ‘Florence’, pencil heightened with white, titled, approx 13cm x 18.5cm.

R.H. Manning – ‘Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio Lake of Como’, pencil heightened with white, titled, approx 12.5cm x 18.5cm.

(The above two on one leaf)

R.H. Manning and J.D. Harding – ‘S. Goarshausen’, pencil heightened with white, approx 12.5cm x 17.5cm.

R.H. Manning – ‘On the Rhine’, pencil and charcoal heightened with white, approx 12.5cm x 17.5cm.

(The above two on one leaf and opposite a photograph of a related view [Not illustrated])

Attributed to H.A. Spitta – ‘Moonlight, a Composition’, watercolour, approx 16cm x 23cm.

(The above opposite an oval photograph of Spitta [Not illustrated])

Photographic reproduction of a work by R.H.M. of the Rhine [Not illustrated].

John Henry Mole – Coastal View, watercolour, signed and dated 1862, approx 10cm x 16.5cm.

Henry Pilleau – ‘The Thames at Wargrave’, watercolour, signed and dated 1862, approx 12.5cm x 20.5cm.

Attributed to B.E. Kennedy – Landscape, watercolour, approx 7.5cm x 13cm.

Attributed to Henry Pilleau – ‘My Daughter’, watercolour, pencil and ink, approx 4cm x 8cm.

(The above opposite a photograph of Pilleau [Not illustrated])

C.B. Young – ‘Captain Culpepper & the Master of Ravenswood’, watercolour, approx 18cm x 13cm.

Aster Corbauld – ‘Ferreting’, watercolour, indistinctly signed, approx 15.5cm x 19.5cm.

Henry Pilleau – ‘Suez’, watercolour with pencil, signed with initials and titled, approx 15.5cm x 24cm.

Aster Corbould – ‘Thro the Wood’, watercolour, signed and dated 1862, approx 19.5cm x 14cm.

M. Montague Lamb – ‘Croquet’, pen and ink, signed with initials, approx 15cm x 22.5cm.

Attributed to ‘Mrs Lydiard’ – ‘Sea Side’, watercolour, approx 13.5cm x 20.5cm.

Cutting from the Illustrated London News with a wood-engraving of a picture in the collection of R.H. Manning [Not illustrated].

Nicholas Toovey’s Latest Article for Sussex Life

The June issue of Sussex Life (pictured left) is currently in the shops and features an article by Nicholas Toovey on the East Sussex ceramicist Carolyn Genders, his fourth article in the magazine to date.

The articles allow Nicholas to further promote Sussex-based contemporary artists and reinforces Toovey’s annual Contemporary Art Auctions.

The magazine also has a fabulous diary section with things to do in the county this month, available now for £3.65.

David Shepherd Originals for Sale at Toovey’s Auction

Lot 58: David Shepherd's 'Rhinos in Namibia'
Lot 59: David Shepherd's Study of Three Hippos
Lot 60: David Shepherd's depiction of a Cougar

The Sale of Selected Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Prints will be held on June 16th 2011. The sale includes four original works by David Shepherd (born 1931). Shepherd is a famous painter of animals and the offering in the auction includes depictions of a cougar, rhinoceros and hippopotami. Known for his limited edition colour prints, this is an opportunity to purchase an original work by the artist.

Lot 58 is titled ‘Rhinos in Namibia’ and has an adult rhinoceros and its calf in the African Landscape. The 33 x 51cm signed oil on canvas is dated 1999 to the reverse and is presented in a gilt frame. The pre-sale estimate is £6000-9000.

Lot 59 is an oil on canvas of three hippopotami in their natural habitat. This is the smallest of the four works included in the sale measuring 22 x 34cm excluding the swept gilt composition frame that surrounds the painting. This signed work is dated 2001 to the reverse and has a presale estimate of £3500-4500.

Lot 60 departs from the African theme with a snowy landscape and a beautifully executed cougar (or mountain lion) amongst trees.  Measuring 44 x 70cm, this signed oil on canvas is presented in a silvered frame echoing the tones in the painting. It is dated 1997 verso and is estimated at £8000-12000.

Lot 61: David Shepherd's 'Study for Oil "Muck" and Sunlight'

Completing the selection of original works by David Shepherd offered in the auction is Lot 61. It is a departure from his animal work and shows another facet of his output with a detail of a locomotive titled ‘Study for oil “muck” and Sunlight’.  In addition to being a vocal conservationist, David Shepherd is a steam locomotive enthusiast, owning many engines, most of which are displayed at museums around the world. It is therefore no surprise that in addition to painting animals locomotives often feature in his work. This sketch in oils on canvas measures 75 x 63cm and is sympathetically framed in a painted frame. This final work of the group is the largest and has a pre-sale estimate of £2000-3000.

All four works were consigned for sale by the same single-owner. They join a diverse selection of other works by fantastic names offered for sale at Toovey’s Auctioneers and Valuers this June.

Sussex’s Contemporary Art Auction

'delphinium3' by Dan Bennett

Nicholas Toovey is the painting and book specialist at his family’s firm of fine art and antique auctioneers and valuers. Here he talks about his forthcoming contemporary art auction, to be held at Toovey’s Spring Gardens auction rooms on May 28th. He also discusses the reasons behind hosting this innovative sale.

I have been fortunate to grow up surrounded by art. Regularly visiting museums and galleries from a very young age, my parents inform me that I saw some amazing exhibitions from my pushchair. I have early memories of Giverny, mainly stomping over a blue bridge rather than looking at lily pads. Similarly, I vaguely remember seeing pictures of horses in a cave at Lascaux and thinking I could do better – I couldn’t, even today. One of the earliest memories of a painting that has stuck with me was seeing Henri Matisse’s ‘L’Escargot’ at the Tate. The bold use of colour and the fact that he was in ill-health when he made this vast work has always impressed me.

Whilst I appreciate all art, through my personal exploration of its history I found one particular area that I adore above all others, the British watercolour tradition. It is arguably the first period where Britain led the way in the history of art. Our nation of artists promoted the watercolour medium to one that was worthy of finished paintings. The artists of the day infused our landscape with poetry, melancholy, reverence and atmosphere. Names such as John Robert Cozens, Joseph Mallard William Turner, John ‘Warwick’ Smith and Francis Towne have produced some of my favourite paintings. Thomas Girtin was another from this era of talented artists. He painted ‘The White House at Chelsea’, a small unassuming watercolour located down a side corridor at Tate Britain, which happens to be my favourite ever painting. I also love the patrons of this date, especially Dr Thomas Munro, who set up an informal academy at his home on Adelphi Terrace. Here he made the work of Cozens, one of his patients in Bethlem Hospital, available for study by the next generation of watercolourists.

With this love of late 18th and early 19th century watercolours, many people are surprised by my unwavering passion to promote contemporary art. In my head I hold a romanticized vision of Munro as a selfless promoter; I feel a similar self-imposed duty to promote the artists of today for the future. It was with this in mind that I created Toovey’s Contemporary Art Auctions. The auctions only include works of art consigned for sale directly from the artists, an entirely new concept that was totally unique when the first sale was held in 2006. Conceived through my desire to offer a new platform for artists to exhibit and sell their work, the sale also offers an exciting way for art-lovers, collectors and patrons to acquire contemporary art. There is nothing quite like the adrenaline rush of bidding on a lot at auction. It is the best form of gambling around, if you win you get to take something beautiful that you really wanted home with you, if you lose you don’t pay a penny!

I have organised preview exhibitions of the sales at local museums, joining the dots between artists, buyers, museums and auctions. This year the majority of entries are housed in the preview exhibition ‘Hung, Drawn & Displayed’ at Horsham Museum, which runs until 11th May. The medieval timber-framed building in Horsham’s picturesque Causeway provides a contrasting backdrop to the diverse selection of 21st century art.

Another aim of the sale is to promote the arts in Sussex and make contemporary art more accessible. My biggest concern is that for many the term contemporary art conjures visions of unmade beds or diamond encrusted skulls, this often leads to bewilderment and a misunderstanding of art today. Exhibition pieces such as these are used in the same way a car manufacturer will produce a concept car that will never go into production. I feel it is important to remember that contemporary art is simply a term that covers art created in our recent lifetime. Contemporary art therefore encompasses a huge spectrum of work, from more traditional pieces to radical and innovative art.

The auction offers a perfect starting place to venture into the contemporary art market; with 60 highly talented artists providing a wide variety of styles. The selection of 170 original works of art is a truly eclectic mix and I hope that even if you do not like some of the works, you will be able to appreciate the technique or skill of the artist. Similarly I hope you will fall in love with a few pieces and have just the right home for them, fortunately everyone has different taste and as curator I attempt to reflect that. The selection process is carefully considered and I draw upon my knowledge of fifteen years experience in the resale art market when contacting and responding to artists. I dedicate a considerable amount of my personal time to organise the event and to source a mixture of highly acclaimed names and emerging talent. I also believe art should be inclusive and so the auction caters for all budgets, with work carrying presale estimates between £50 and £8000.

'Southwater Iguanodon' by Hannah Stewart
'Chromosome' by William Harling

The Contemporary Art Auction this year includes the work of award-winning Horsham-based artist Hannah Stewart. Hannah is best known for her public sculptures, including ‘Hauling Man’, a life-size sculpture at the Tesco store in Hailsham, which celebrates the rope-making tradition in the area. ‘The St Leonard’s Forest Dragon’ in Horsham Park is also one of her pieces, produced for the town in which she was born. This year Hannah is offering three preliminary drawings for her work in 3-D, one of which is the original sketch for ‘Southwater Iguanodon’. The finished sculpture in Southwater reflects the local brick-making tradition in its base and the discovery of the dinosaur bones in the surrounding area. This drawing shows a slightly different plinth to that produced and now on display in the Lintot Square. The drawing was used for promotional material at the unveiling and provides a rare opportunity to acquire a piece of local history.

Whilst Hannah is offering preliminary drawings, fans of sculpture can still delight in a fantastic and diverse selection, including two bronzes by Hove-based sculptor William Harling. Form is paramount in William’s work, as ‘Chromosome’ exemplifies. This large 61cm (2ft) wide foundry-cast bronze group of two anonymous cloaked figures joined in a striking ‘x’ outline is testament to the sculptors’ skill and considered vision. Their faceless appearance strips the figures of all personality and individual history, hinting towards a metaphysical symbolism.

'Escalator II' & 'Scrumping' by Josse Davis

Work in ceramics is not neglected in the sale. Often deemed as craft rather than art, I choose ceramicists whose work crosses this boundary. Arundel-based ceramicist, Josse Davis, has featured in every auction to date and this year is no exception. He is the son of the famous ceramicist and artist Derek Davis and the painter Ruth Davis. Having been born into a world of colour and form, Josse was always destined to be creative. This year he is offering three pieces from his Alien-themed series, produced in stoneware with brush-drawn decoration in soot-black pigment. This humorous range of work shows how strange some of the things humans do in our day-to-day lives appear.

'Wandering Paths' by Sheila Marlborough
'West Pier, Brighton, no3' by Natalie Martin

Inherently pictures are strongly represented within the sale; always offering a mixture of sizes, styles and media, including quirky illustrations, traditional watercolours and urban-inspired oils on canvas. West Sussex artist Sheila Marlborough is offering a group of paintings including ‘Wandering Paths’. The abstract canvas is an atmospheric interpretation of a landscape that highlights her strong compositions and love of emotive colour. Sheila was elected as president of the Sussex Watercolour Society in 2005 and is also a member of the artist-led co-operative Chalk Gallery in Lewes. In contrast, Natalie Martin’s incredibly detailed and realistic paintings capture urban decay and domestic neglect in a beautiful and revered way. The subject of her acrylic on canvas ‘The West Pier at Brighton, no 3’ exemplifies her expression in art perfectly. Natalie is often described as a ‘painter’s painter’ and has had work accepted by the Bath Society of Artists, The Society of Women Artists and The Royal Academy.

I am always seeking new artists of a high calibre to keep every auction fresh and different from the previous year. A new face participating this year is Dan Bennett, another Brighton-based artist whose meticulously executed paintings on canvas are inspired by his fascination with phosphenes. These intricate swirling patterns that dance across closed eyelids have been the mainstay of his artistic production to date, often translating these spirals, dots and meandering lines into more recognisable subjects such as plants and other organisms. Dan’s work shares strong links with Aboriginal dot paintings, African body art and examples seen in lost cultures in the ancient world, such as those in the Peruvian rainforests. His painting ‘delphinium3’ is one of three works he has entered in the sale highlighting his own unique vision.

I believe art comes alive when you know more about it, I am therefore happy to relay any inherited stories I have been told by the creators. I will be available on the above viewing times to discuss any items within the sale. A fully-illustrated catalogue is also available with further information on all the participating artists and their work. Visit www.tooveys.com for further information.

Nicholas’ article was originally published in Sussex Life magazine in May 2011.