February’s sale has a focus on the fine arts and commences with sculptures, including a fresh to the market collection: the work of Eli Ilan (Hebrew: אלי אילן; 1928 – 1982) a Canadian born Israeli artist.
Upon arrival in 1948 to the newly independent state of Israel the young Eli was conscripted to the army and sent to a collective farm. Working close to the land he became interested in archaeology and primitive art. However his own creations diverged from the narrative of the day as he did not subscribe to the notion that art should be fulfilling a social function, as per Marxist rhetoric. He quickly changed medium from works on paper to sculpture and favoured abstract forms derived from organic life.
It was not until the late 1960’s that Eli found his work to have commercial value. A significant moment was when in 1969 London art dealer Jacques O’Hana caught sight of Ilan’s works, leading shortly thereafter to his first one man show in the O’Hana gallery. Thereafter he was commissioned to create several public art installations including a bronze ‘The War Between the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness in Tel Aviv square in commemoration of the Munich Olympic massacre.
We are delighted to bring to the market a small collection of his works, lots 12 -31: a rare opportunity to see many in conjunction with each other and to trace his evolvement. The collection was acquired by the vendor directly from Eli Ilan’s widow Ahuva Ilan
By contrast, Rosalie Johnson whose lots our sale commences with, is a practicing contemporary British sculptor whose work is highly realistic and captures the personality of her animal subjects. She was born and educated in South Africa, where she observed and loved wildlife in all its forms. Her work is sought after across the globe including but not limited to London, New York and Sydney. Throughout her career she has displayed her works in many established galleries and exhibitions within the UK, including the Society of Wildlife Artist's Annual Exhibition and the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition. 1n 1991 and 1994, Rosalie's sculptures were chosen for a distinguished award by the Crown Commissioners. In 1990 she was elected as a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists (affiliated to the Federation of British Artists) and in 1991, became a member of the Society of Women Artists. Her sculptures feature a range of animals, creating pieces in differing sizes, in a variety of substances such as clay, composite marble, bronze, silver, pewter and even rust-finished iron.
In the works on paper section, Lot 267 is a watercolour by William H.Lippincott (American 1849-1920). William Henry Lippincott was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1849 and died in New York City in 1920. Two years print to the execution of this delicate watercolour Lippincott returned to New York from Paris where he had studied with Leon Bonnat and exhibited at the Paris Salon.
In New York, Lippincott set up a studio painting portraits and genre scenes. Several of his pictures – this one included were set in his Summer home in Nantucket. He often depicted elegant women in genteel pursuits such as drawing or playing the piano. This serene watercolour perhaps transfers his recollections of Brittany to the equally old-fashioned atmosphere of Nantucket. Lippincott has works at the Smithsonian, Washington. Christies sold a small oil by the artist (measuring 7 x 15 inches) from 1885 at USD 32,500. We therefore offer this at a conservative £1,000 - 1,200.
At the time of going to press, there is still no attendance on the day or in person viewing, however we can offer in depth condition reports and additional photographs and there is the chance to bid by phone, leave a commission bid, or bid on the SAS or Saleroom platforms, and of course you can ‘click and collect’ after a successful bid and settlement of all fees.
Order of sale
1-32 Works of Art
33-44 Ceramics and Glass
45-160 Design and Interiors
161 – 204 Oil Paintings
205 – 247 Mixed Media and Prints
248 – 365 Works on Paper
366 – 475 Furniture