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Modern & Contemporary Art: Preview

26th September 2019.

Tennants Auctioneers’ Modern & Contemporary Art Sale on 12th October brings a fine selection of Modern British Art to auction, with works by leading artists from around the UK, such as Sir Kyffin Williams, Norman Cornish and Mary Fedden.

The sale will include two works by Sir Kyffin Williams, whose love for and affinity with the landscape of his Welsh homeland shines through in his work. ‘Llanrhwydrys’, an oil on canvas, depicting an Anglesey cottage with ruined outbuildings is on offer with an estimate of £8,000-12,000 (plus premium), and a watercolour of the Brecon Beacons castle ‘Carreg Cennen’ is entered with an estimate of £2,000-3,000 (plus premium).

Northern Art is well represented with five works by mining artist Norman Cornish, which include a pastel of ‘Pit Road’, one of Cornish’s favourite subjects (estimate: £8,000-12,000 plus premium), an oil painting ‘Little Snow Scene’ of children playing before a church (estimate: £5,000-8,000 plus premium), and a pastel portrait of Barbara Coia, aged 8 (estimate: £3,000-5,000 plus premium).

The market for limited edition prints after L.S. Lowry is seeing a continued buoyancy, and a good selection in this sale include ‘Berwick upon Tweed’ (estimate: £3,000-5,000 plus premium), ‘The Pond’ (estimate: £2,000-3,000 plus premium), and ‘Britain at Play’ (estimate: £2,000-3,000 plus premium). Other notable Modern British prints in the sale include works by Peter Blake, John Piper and a group of etchings by Norman Ackroyd.

Other highlights in the sale include a fine still life by Dutch artist Henk Helmantel, 'Still Life of White Onions in a Painted Earthenware Bowl'. Helmantel is much admired for his classically composed still life paintings, deeply inspired by his country's artistic traditions. He combines an exquisite use of light and technical mastery to produce paintings that are at once both deeply rooted in the traditions of the old masters and starkly modern. The painting is offered with an estimate of £8,000-12,000 (plus premium). ‘Paris La Madeleine’ by Antoine Blanchard, who is known for his bustling Parisian scenes, is also on offer with an estimate of £7,000-10,000.

Also included in the sale are works by Geoffrey Key, Joe Tilson, John Lowrie Morrison ‘Jolomo’, Nael Hanna, Carlos Nadal, David Mach, Keith Haring and P.J. Crook.

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