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Acclaimed artists feature in first Pictures and Sculpture sale

Fine art lovers are in for a treat at our inaugural Pictures and Sculpture sale that will take place on Wednesday 10 August.

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Paintings and Sculpture Specialist, Rohan McCulloch, is pictured with lots from the 10 August sale. Featured clockwise is ‘Abstract’ by Stefan Knapp; a German School 15th/16th Century sculpture of Saint Sebastian; an 18th Century French School portrait of a gentleman; and ‘Fox Hounds at Rest’ by George Wright.

The 200-lot sale will showcase paintings, drawings and sculptures from the last 600 years of British and European Art and include works by renowned artists such as George Wright, George Edward Lodge, Stefan Knapp, the Staithes Group and many more.

Until now, paintings and sculptures have been included in our Fine Art and Antiques sales, but with the growing number and quality of consignments, we have decided to give them their own platform.

Overseeing the sales will be our new paintings and sculpture expert, Rohan McCulloch, who has over 15 years of experience with some of the UK’s foremost auction houses, including Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Lyon & Turnbull.

One of the lots taking centre stage is an oil painting of hounds by George Wright (1860-1942), the renowned British painter best-known for his equestrian and hunting scenes. ‘Fox Hounds at Rest’ has been valued at £6,000 to £8,000 and comes from a private collection in Northumberland.

George Edward Lodge (1860-1954) is one of the world's most highly acclaimed bird artists whose travels took him as far afield as New Zealand, the West Indies and Japan. We are lucky to have a couple of his works in the sale, including a magnificent painting of a hen harrier that carries a price estimate of £2,500-£3,500.

There are also many paintings from the Staithes Group of artists based themselves in this small North Yorkshire fishing village during the end of the 19th Century/beginning of the 20th Century. Their work included rural, domestic and maritime scenes, as well as still life and portraiture.

Amongst the more modern pieces of work are two pieces by Stefan Knapp - ‘Abstract’ and ‘Geometric Abstract’ - that have respective guide prices of £500-£700 and £700-£1,000. A survivor of a Siberian gulag, Knapp made his way to Britain in 1941, where he trained with the RAF and became a wartime Spitfire and reconnaissance pilot. After the war, he studied at the Central School of Arts in London and then at the Slade. One of his most famous works is a mural at Heathrow Airport that comprises 280 panels and weighs 250 tonnes!

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