Tennants Auctioneers has set a new world record for a work on paper by popular northern artist, Norman Stansfield Cornish, when his work, ‘Two men and a whippet at a bar’ sold for £14,000 at the auctioneer’s Spring Fine Art Sale in mid-March.
Cornish’s paintings offer an insight in to everyday life in Spennymoor and the mines, capturing scenes of places and an industry that no longer remain. His unerring dedication to his subject and the intimate renditions of the industrial and social history of the North East is a ‘look’ and style of work that is highly sought after at the moment. Tennant said this new world record price is testament to his skill and to the appeal of ‘Northern’ artwork.
Signed by the artist, the work in coloured crayon and chalk measures 39cm by 29cm and was gifted to the present owner, Sid Chaplin, in 1976 in thanks for performing successful heart surgery on the artist.
There were six works in total from Cornish in the auction, all exceeding estimate, which Tennants said contributed to an exceptionally strong picture section overall.
The auction house is now inviting entries for its Modern & Contemporary Art sale in June and Summer Fine Art Sale in July.
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