AUCTION Sales round up
A ROUND the HOUSES
Paintings from the “circle of ” two famous female artists caused a stir in the salerooms, along with a 2007
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The 16th-century Mexican feather mosaic picture tickled bidders in
Chiswick Auctions, London A bowl which the iconic studio potter Lucie Rie (1902-1995) gave to her cleaner sold for £35,000 at the auction house’s recent sale. The fullyfinished footed bowl in turquoise and manganese glaze had a presale estimate of £20,000-£30,000, reflecting the collectability of the footed style.
Marek Zulawski (19081985) Still life with Jug and Fish, oil on canvas sold for
Rie, who was born in Vienna but fled to London to avoid the Nazis, also bequeathed a mould for making buttons to the vendor’s mother who worked for the potter at Rie’s home and studio at 18 Albion Mews, Paddington.
At the same sale a still life by the Polish artist Marek Zulawski (1908-1985), expected to make £200-£300, sold for £1,125. Zulawski’s early gift for painting was developed in Warsaw (1927-1933) and Paris (1935-1936). By 1937, he had settled in England where he soon became a noted figure in the London art world.
The footed bowl in turquoise with a manganese rim sold for £35,000
The chest on chest sold for £15,000 against an estimate of £2,000-£3,000
The Canterbury Auction Galleries A late 19th-century Chinese silk robe bought by the wife of a senior naval officer serving in the second Sino-Japanese war in the late 1930s sold for £2,500 at the Kent auctioneer’s sale on April 1.
The garment, embroidered in silk and gold threads, is decorated with nine dragons, bats and floral sprays, above rolling waves.
It was consigned by the granddaughter of Lady Patricia Cunninghame Graham (1901-1998) who bought it when her husband, Admiral Sir Angus Cunninghame Graham was captain of HMS Tarantula and senior naval officer on the West River in China.
Tennants, Leyburn A 16th-century Mexican feather mosaic picture, with a pre-sale guide price of £700-£1,000 sold for £18,000 at the North Yorkshire auctioneer’s recent sale.
Having flourished as an Aztec art form in pre-Columbian Mexico, the Spanish colonists prevented the Amantecas, or feather artists, from continuing to produce their traditional indigenous subjects, however they did encourage them to produce Christian subjects. In the 16th century many such pieces were sent to Europe to show the quality of this exotic art and also to represent the progress made in the conversion of the New World to Christianity.
At the same sale a late 18th-century George III Chippendalestyle mahogany and oak-lined chest on chest sold for £15,000 against an estimate of £2,000-3,000.
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The impressive robe sold for five times its low estimate