27/05/2010 Chiswick Curates
Our 22nd June, Fine Picture and Book Auction includes an important early work by Pablo Picasso, together with Sir William Russell Flint, Ernest Duez, Auguste Rodin and David Roberts. The picture part of the sale sale will be around 100 carefully selected lots.
Chiswick co-owner, Tom Keane said ‘These are the most exciting items to appear at our auction to date, and represent a significant step forward for Chiswick’.
Chiswick’s newly appointed art consultant, Jan Leman commented, ‘ The early Picasso drawing is certainly of considerable interest and was for many years in the private collection of Leonide Massine, principal dancer of the Ballet Russes (£100,000 to £150,000).
Other important works include a superb William Russell Flint watercolour, titled ‘ Waves’ ( the last major work exhibited by the artist at the R.A. in 1969 ),(£70,000 to £90,000) , and a charming painting of ‘A Woman at Villerville Beach’ by Ernest Duez (£25,000 to £35,000). The provenance research undertaken for this work of art has uncovered an extremely rare 1885 photograph of Duez in his studio in Paris, which to our astonishment, captures the artist seated alongside this painting’.
Book specialist, Nicholas Worskett, said, ‘This is our third specialist book sale and I am pleased to say that it builds on our previous successes. The hugely varied sale includes Crispin van de Pass’s Hortus Floridus of 1616, the most famous and exquisite of early florilegia ( £5,000 to £8,000 ), Nicolas Tassin’s Description de Tous les Cantons from 1635, a great rarity containing beautiful views of Swiss towns ( £1,000 to £2,000), and a rare first English edition of Machiavelli’s The Prince from 1640 ( £7,000 to £10,000).
Another highlight is The European Magazine, the 1787 Febuary issue containing William Wordsworth’s first published work, the sonnet ‘On Seeing Miss Helen Maria Williams Weep at a Tale of Distress’ ( £1,000 to £2,000).
Among more recent books are first editions of Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange (£700 to £1000), Stephen King’s Carrie, inscribed by the author ( £1500 to £2000 ), and a fine set of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy ( £1,000 to £1,500 ), all in their dust-jackets.