Friday, 26 September 2014

Auction Results - Sept 2014

A factual and very short posting with some the results from this months "around the houses" review of wood block prints for sale as high-lighted in recent posts.

Bresslern-Roth - £396 inc premium
Gertrude Hermes - £169 inc
Hesketh-Hubbards - £88 inc
Hall-Thorpe (pair) - £303 inc
Frank brothers - £505 inc

The other results has not been posted by the auctioneers !! Some still like to keep such information secret, presumably to hide their poor results !! if they were all good they would promote them !!

Any comments from readers ?? are these results high, low or a fair reflection of current collecting habits ??

Monday, 22 September 2014

Leo Frank comes to Auction

Exciting news for the collector of German woodblock prints; a small collection of works by the Frank brothers come up for sale at auction this week !!

the catalogue description is
Leo Frank (Austrian 1884-1961)
Before the Storm; View of the Mondsee; An Eagle’s Nest
Three all signed
All woodcuts in colour
22.5 x 35cm; 8¾ x 13¾ and similar
With a further woodcut by Hans Frank of ducks by a river dated 1927 (4)

For sale at the Salisbury based auctioneers
Woolley & Wallis on 24th Sept 2014 

As Lot 718 With an estimate of £300-500

Personal opinion !! about these ??

I like the Hans Frank ducks at the bottom , reminds me of the landscapes of Oscar Droege (1898-1982); very similar use of the light on the trees and water. "An Eagle's Nest" by Leo is also a favourite and is reminisant of a composition by James Alphege-Brewer that I featured in a earlier post.

Alphege-Brewer and Droege

Oscar Droege.
lots of light and lots of water - just love it !!

The auction estimate of £300-500, seems fair. Paramount Fine Art has several for sale at $500-900 each; so these are a bargain -- get bidding and good luck.

Monday, 8 September 2014

John Hall Thorpe - How Much !!

... the tale of two lots.

In this day and age of instant knowledge I am relieved to find an auction that doesn't know everthing. The lot below containing 5 Hall Thorpe flower print is proof that there is a chance of finding a bargain at auction as these are estimated at only £30-50 !! They are hardly "sleeper" as they are correctly catalogue and not doubt will be found by those who need to know, but at least if you decide to bid you will not be bidding against and un-realistically high reserve price.

A more correct estimate in the right sale would be £250-300 and even that is a little low.

John Hall Thorpe (1874-1947)
A group of 5  woodblock prints
Lot 635 - Knowle Auction Rooms - 10th Sept 2014
Estimate - £30-50 !!!
Although nothing unusual in this group I think this might be a conservative estimate
£10 each would be a steal !!

Yet more Hall Thorpe; with this pair of woodblock prints up for auction at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury. Clearly they have had more experience in selling this artist as the estimate (£150-250) is fair and realistic. These are lotted in their picture sale rather than the Applied Design specialist sale. I don't know whether that will have a significant  effect on the hammer price, but they often sell very well when with the art & crafts or art deco funishings that they originally went with.

Lot 727 - Woolley & Wallis - 24th Sept
Estimate - £150-250

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Around The Houses - Sept 2014

I have not posted one of these summaries of auction lots for sometime - sadly not enough woodblock prints have come up for sale recently, to justify any posts. Here are just a few that are lotted to sell at auction this month.

Eric Hesketh Hubbard ROI RBA ARWA (1892-1957)
On The Road (Gypsy Caravan)
Lot 1491 - Woolley & Wallis - 10th Sept 2014
Estimate - £100-150
These two are being sold in one lot. I have always liked Eric's prints, they are often unsophisticated simply constructed images, not too arty but very easy to live with. The estimate is very fair and I expect them to sell towards the lower end of the estimate. A fews years ago I would have been bidding and the high estimate would have been more probable.

Also in this sale is and lot 529
containing an striking print, which seems to be titled "The Pool" and signed Tom Clark ??

'Sunbather' - Frank Martin (1921-2005)
An artist that I am very familiar with; but not this image.
It is a linocut that was published in 1950 in a small but unrecorded number.
A very early work for the artist and listed as his 9th published work.
Lot 636 - Andrew Smith Auctioneers - 9th Sept 2014
Estimate - £100-150 (low, very fair)

also there is
'Dancer' - Frank Martin (1921-2005)
This one dates to 1952 with edition size unrecorded.
Lot 671 - Estimate £100-150

 Lot 694 - "The Stream" by Ethelbert White (1891-1972)
A powerful image - a linocut signed in pencil.
Estimate - £150-200

Gertrude Hermes OBE RA (1901-1983) - Spring Trees,
woodcut, signed, dated 1957
Lot 216 - Lacy Scott & Knight - 12th Sept
Estimate - £80-120
a little too arty for my taste, lacks the draughtmanship of others.
Still very good value.

and finally

'White Cat', 1919 - Norbetine Bresslern-Roth (Austrian, 1891-1975).
Lot 108 - High Roads Auction W4 - 9th Sept 2014
Estimate £200-300

This not a complete review, just my initial selection. There are plenty of Japanese woodcuts and many more modern art editions but there are a few more interesting lots that I will feature over the next few days.