Monday, 22 October 2012

'Pink Roses' by Saumel John Peploe

With an exciting week of auctions starting tomorrow, we thought it would be appropriate to highlight one fabulous piece we have coming up for sale.

With a fantastic valuation of £200k to £300k, this stunning 20 inch by 16 inch oil on canvas, ‘Pink Roses’, by Samuel John Peploe (1871-1935) will be the focal point of McTear’s Scottish Still Lifes, Fine & Contemporary Pictures Sale this Thursday, 25th October.

Lot 1545
Acquired 50 years ago in Glasgow by the late father of the Stirlingshire based seller, with an original price that “was not significant enough to remember”, did not make a great impression on his wife. After being sent out by his wife to buy a painting of some roses, she unfortunately didn’t like the piece and it was consigned to a spare room.

Commenting on the sale, Brian Clements, Managing Director at McTear’s Auctioneers, said: “Pink Roses is a stunning painting that shows Peploe at his very best.

“It may not have been to the original owner’s taste but judging from the interest that has been shown so far it is clear there are a number of collectors who are very impressed by this remarkable piece by one of Scotland’s most celebrated artists.”

Peploe was a Scottish Post Impressionist painter and, along with John Duncan Fergusson, Francis Cadell and Leslie Hunter, was a founding member of the group that became known as the Scottish Colourists. He is noted for his still life works which show the influence of Manet, with fluid brushwork, thick impasto and dark backgrounds with strong lighting.

Of the four Peploe still life examples which have sold at auction so far in 2012, prices achieved have averaged £394,250 (including buyers premium). Two of the four were the same size as ‘Pink Roses’ and the other two were slightly smaller.

Auction records also confirm that Peploe is considered to be the most valuable of the Scottish Colourists with the current record for his work established in May 2011 at £937,250 (including buyers premium) for ‘The Coffee Pot’. This also represents the highest price ever paid for a work by a Scottish artist at auction.

McTear's are looking forward to this fantastic painting coming up for auction this Thursday, 25th October at 6pm; Scottish Still Lifes, Fine & Contemporary Pictures.

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