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Single Owner Sale at Dreweatts Donnington Priory

Donnington Priory -The Contents of an Oxfordshire Dower House sale at Dreweatts champions Modern British Paintings. With works predominately from Newlyn and St Ives Schools, artists include Christopher Wood, John Anthony Park and Samuel John Lamorna Birch. The wider collection, which spans furniture, ceramics and works of art will be auctioned on Tuesday 24th February at Donnington Priory in Berkshire.

Sweeping, vibrant landscapes of the British countryside are the preferred subject matter of the artists in this sale, and leading these is The White Farm, circa 1928, by Christopher Wood (1901-1930). Wood played a key role in the development of English Modernism, and as a leading name, he combined naturalism with abstraction in a vivid almost primitive form. This painting, authenticated on the reverse by the artist's mother, Clara Wood, is estimated at £40,000-60,000 [Lot 9].

Three works by John Park (1880-1962) explore the marine scenery, which was popular with many artists of the St Ives School during the early 20th century, and frequently appear in Park's own paintings. Morning Light, St Ives Harbour, is typical of his fascination with the harbour and is estimated at £8,000-12,000 [Lot 1].

His other works in the sale include Boats off a quay, [Lot 2, est. £3,000-5,000] and At anchor, St Ives, [Lot 3, est. £2,500-3,500].

Along with St Ives, Newlyn was the most active school of 20th century British art. Like St Ives, its spectacular scenery and clarity of light created the perfect setting for an artist to paint 'en plein air'. The sale includes two works by Samuel John Lamorna Birch, a prominent figure of the later generation of Newlyn artists. Offered here are examples of two of his favourite subject matters; the British shoreline portrayed in Coastline, [Lot 6, est. £10,000-15,000] and rivers in the form of Winter Stream, Lamorna, [Lot 10, est. £5,000-7,000].

Another Cornish scene from the Modern British paintings section that opens the sale, is View from the Artist's house, Polperro, by Stuart Armfield (1916-1999). Armfield moved to Cornwall in 1942, where he took up painting as a professional career. [Lot 12, est. £3,000-5,000].

The sale will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' Donnington Priory saleroom in Berkshire on Tuesday 24th February. The full catalogue is available to view and download from


Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Frasers Autograph's. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.

Donnington Priory - 2nd February 2015