REDPATH PAINTING RESCUED FROM THE ATTIC TO MAKE £20,000 AT BONHAMS SALE IN EDINBURGH

. October 5, 2007

A fifty year-old still life painting by Anne Redpath, found in an Edinburgh attic, is set to make £20,000 at Bonhams sale in Edinburgh on October 11th.

The vendor’s father-in-law was an avid collector, who searched widely, and when he died his loft was full. The Edinburgh man had always been led to believe there was a good picture “upstairs”, and when he eventually came across the oil wrapped in brown paper he decided to research it more fully.

He was very pleasantly surprised to be informed that it may make up to £30,000, as Anne Redpath is one of the most fashionable artists in the 20thc market.

Head of Pictures for Bonhams in Edinburgh, Chris Brickley, says: “We are delighted to offer this fresh-to-the-market flowerpiece, painted during one of Redpaths most commercial periods. I am sure there will be keen interest in this, the top lot in our autumn sale.”

STUDIO SELECTIONS OF AYR-BORN ARTISTS SET FOR SALE

Noted sibling artists James and Margaret Wright are to feature prominently at Bonhams sale in Edinburgh on October 11th.

Descendants are selling a range of their pictures, in oil, watercolour and pastel, which will showcase the full range of their talents.

James was initially stained-glass cartoonist to Stephen Adam : notable work in this medium can still be seen at Culross, Pittenweem and Kilbarchan. Elected RSW in 1920, he exhibited extensively – mostly landscapes and town views – from his home in the latter town, before moving to Garelochhead.

Margaret, who also studied at Glasgow School of Art in the early years of the century, has become a popular artist in recent years and excelled in depicting children in an illustrative style. She also visited the Continent regularly and exhibited from her home in Gourock.

Chris Brickley says: It is always exciting to see a “family collection”, and to feature two noted artists is quite rare. There is the usual combination of the commercial, personal and experimental, all with the added cachet of supreme provenance and I would expect much interest in these pictures. I particularly like James’s oil study of the family on Pittenweem quay.

Estimates for the fifteen lots range from £80 up to £2,000, but one of the market place, Culross, could attain much more.

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