Significant works from private collections
In the spirit of Daniel O’Neill’s Old Time Dance gracing the cover of our Spring 2015 International Art catalogue, we invite you to share a dance with us after a long cold winter and bring to the podium this carefully chosen grouping of paintings, drawings and sculptures.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the whereabouts of a portrait by Pre-Raphaelite master Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, having been previously recorded as “present location unknown.” Ernest Gambart, a preeminent member of London society and great patron of Alma-Tadema, commissioned the work in 1870. It is speculated that the sitter is Gambart’s illegitimate child. The portrait travelled from London, England to Montreal sometime after 1913. Following its arrival in Canada, the Watson Galleries sold it to a private collector. A more detailed account of the provenance for this rediscovered work can be found in the following pages.
Waddington’s is also pleased to feature an impressive landscape painting by famed Russian/American artist Abraham Manievich. This work was acquired directly from the artist as a result of a friendship forged between the artist and the collector. On his visits to Canada, Manievich regularly took up residence and painted at the collector’s Montreal home. Only selected and privileged friends and family invited to the collector’s home were able to view the landscape following its 1937 execution. This Manievich oil on canvas comes to the market having passed by descent to the collector’s grandson.
The above works are offered alongside Berthe Morisot’s drawing Portrait of Alice Gamby, a watercolour by Andre Derain, two bronzes by Sir Jacob Epstein, and an Old Master work from the School of Canaletto. Our Spring 2015 catalogue brings to the fore some of the most significant international art works gleaned largely from private collections.
These works have been a delight to research and continue to surprise me. This journey is the ingredient that has captivated my interest for some thirty-odd years.
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(International Art Lots – 350-396)