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Bloomsbury Auctions Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Prints – April 17

Bloomsbury’s sale of Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings & Prints on 17th April has some interesting and noteworthy lots.

The highlight of the entire sale may well be lot 49 Head of a Boy by Jean Baptiste Greuze. The black and white chalk drawing with washes, bears a striking resemblance to the Tête de jeune enfant les yeux levés vers le ciel which sold at Christie’s last autumn. This charming head and shoulders from a deceased collector, is conservatively estimated at £4000-6000. The sale has several lots of Indian subjects, the most unusual being lot 64 which consists of three Indian Company School watercolours depicting a gruesome religious, ritual dance involving hooks, piercing and impaling, where the enthusiastic protagonists must have been as high a kites to take part (estimate £400-600).

Lot 71 is a large and mixed group of highly decorative, cubist influenced ink and watercolour drawings by Ami Karina, a Danish ballet dancer turned artist. A retrospective exhibition for Ami Karina (aka Ami Zimmerdahl) was held at the Roy Miles Gallery in 1990. The numerous art-deco figures of dancers, portraits and costume designs are offered as a single lot which has an estimate of £4000-6000. Lot 81 is an interesting group of drawings and correspondence by Else Meidner who married the German Expressionist artist Ludwig Meidner. The light-hearted doodle caricatures on the various letters to Siegfried Oppenheimer between 1943-1966 are in direct contrast to the 20 haunting, powerful portraits (estimate £4000-6000). The following lot is a profile portrait in pencil of Josef Oppenheimer by Ludwig Meidner with an estimate of £3000-5000.

Particularly decorative and fashionable at the moment , is a group of 17 charming studies of French and Mediterranean fishermen (lot 101) by Antoine Roux (estimate £6000-8000). Lot 114 was chosen as the cover lot for the sale and is a landscape scene of Whitlingham, Near Norwich, by George Vincent (estimate £8000-12000). A good example of the Norwich School and recommended as ‘ the best Vincent known’, this painting has a very impressive provenance including the gallery Thomas Agnew and George A Hearn, a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum in New York who bequeathed this painting to the Museum after which it was de-accessioned. Lots 126-131 are beautifully painted original interior designs by Leonard Wyburd, the original head of Liberty’s design studio. The delicate blend of Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts and echoes of medieval England are all discernable in the watercolour drawings for sale with estimates ranging from £400-1000.