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Strong Auction Results for Cornish Art at Bonhams

Bonhams second sale titled Under A Western Sky: The Art of Newlyn and St Ives has achieved strong results indicating that art from Cornwall is very much in demand. The sale was 78% sold by value with the total price achieved being £627,360.

Patrick HeronThe highlight of the sale was The Jardinière, a rare and early Patrick Heron dating from 1948, which achieved a hefty price of £174,000 against an estimate of £60,000 – 80,000. Pre-sale interest in a rare bronze by Dame Barbara Hepworth, Hand II (Horizontal), resulted in an impressive figure of £18,000; the work having been estimated at £3000 – 5000. Her Stringed Form, which had been donated by the sculptor to Exhall Grange School, Coventry, in 1965 achieved £37,200.

Post-war works continue to be much sought after. A vibrant and unusual collage by Peter Lanyon drew much attention and eventually sold for £43,200 against an estimate of £20,000 – 25,000, a new world record for a work on paper by the artist. Seaside, by Trevor Bell, another artist who was influenced profoundly by the landscape of Cornwall, sold for £16,800, a new auction record. Cornwall’s naïve artists also attracted focus, with works by Joan Gillchrest and Bryan Pearce achieving good results.

The Traditionalist paintings also sold well, with particular interest in the works of Henry Scott Tuke, Elizabeth Forbes and Walter Langley. Among the highlights was Harbour Dielette, Normandy, an important early work by Tuke, which was painted in 1883, before the artist moved to Newlyn. The work exceeded pre-sale expectation, finally selling for £24,000. Elizabeth Forbes’ 1908 Royal Academy work The Ford also proved popular, selling for £42,000, while Walter Langley’s 1883 work Newlyn street scene sold for £15,500.