Morphets Fine Art & Antique catalogue sale, due to be held on Thursday 1st March, will be a feast for art lovers.
Top billing goes to two early pencil drawings by Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976) dating from 1906 and estimated at £7,500 - £8,500 each, a detail from lady in a hat being illustrated here. Also in the sale are several signed reproductions by the artist which give Lowry enthusiasts the opportunity to build their collection for a more modest sum, with estimates in the region of £1,500 - £2,250.
Camille Souter, an Irish artist born Betty Pamela Holmes in 1929, began painting during the 1950s while recovering from an illness. The name Camille is a nickname given to the artist by her first husband Gordon Souter after the consumptive heroine of Alexander Dumas’ La Dame aux Camellias. Her work captures light, colour and texture in an almost abstract form as can be seen here in the still life of a fish, entitled ‘Ray’, oil on paper, estimated at £6,000 - £8,000
Plein-air work of the Cornish artist Fred Yates (1922-2008) is represented in the sale by this view of Porthmeor Beach, St Ives. Using an impasto technique of thick broad strokes and daubs of paint which stand out from the surface, his naïve scenes of the English landscape and way of life could sometimes take up to two years to dry completely. Porthmeor beach is expected to realise £4,000 - £5,000 and is shown in our header image.
Also in the sale is Brighton Beach by Ruskin Spear (1911-1990). Spear was born in Hammersmith, West London and as a self styled ‘working-class cockney’ he found subjects for painting in the streets around him. During the 1940s and 50s he supplemented his teaching income by playing jazz piano in local clubs. Between 1948-75 he taught at the Royal College of Art, he was elected to the London Group in 1942, became an ARA in 1944 and an RA in 1954. Brighton Beach is estimated at £4,000 - £6,000.
This still life of roses by Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), watercolour, is also expected to raise £4,000 - £6,000. An American British sculptor he was one of the leading sculptors of the 20th century and also worked as a painter and illustrator
The sale also includes ceramics, silver, jewellery and watches, furniture, Asian works of art and ceramics, clocks, antiques and an outstanding section of Mouseman furniture all being sold in our Harrogate auction house on 1st March. Viewing opens on Tuesday 27th February at 2pm or view the catalogue now www.morphets.co.uk/Upcoming-Auctions