Over the past few weekends, I've made several trips to Christies to see the art on offer, from a collection of Modern British Art called Rule Britannia, and A Life with Art, Peter Langan's personal collection.
In South Kensington, the collection of Langan's Brasserie founder Peter Langan captured the inextricable fusion of good food, good wine and good fun. His glittering rock and roll lifestyle meant that the art collection was eclectic and very interesting to view.
Part of the collection, featuring David Hockney’s work, including the artist’s first portrait of Langan in 1967 (worth between £15,000 and £25,000), as well as the infamous Peter Langan in Los Angeles (worth £100,000 – £150,000).
Other pieces within the collection that were my favorites included the Anatomy of Love by the French 19th Century artist Gaston La Touché (estimated worth £20,000 – £30,000) and Faust and Lilith, by Richard Westall (estimated worth £7,000 – £10,000).
The evening sale (and celebration) of A Life with Art was held on the 18th of December.
The leading Rule Britannia Modern British Art Sale works featured in auction in early December through evening art sales were by Ben Nicholson, OM (1894-1982) and Laurence Stephen Lowry, RA (1887-1976).
The art featured by Nicholson led the abstract movement in Europe. His composition is dynamic, and includes leaning shapes and an incredibly textured variety and sense of colour treatment, inspirational for his time and moving away from the formality usually found within his work.
His October 1949 composition, Rangitane, was an important, monumental curved pattern making up one of his two curved works, which made it an important breakthrough in his oeuvre (estimated value £1 million to £1.5 million).
Lowry’s work allows a glimpse into British life within the North of England between the 1920s and the 1960s, and these include At the Mill Gate (estimated value £1.2 -£1.8 million) and The White Shop (£700,000 – £1 million).
These are just some of the pieces that were featured on auction for those bidding in auction. So get yourself down to Christies from February the 6th for the Impressionist / Modern Evening Sale and see what could be in store for you.