Alexander Exter artwork highlight of sale

A number of rediscovered works by major modern British and European artists will go under the hammer in London, including examples by the likes of Alexandra Exter and Robert Colquhoun.

Roseberys will offer artworks that have not been seen on the open market for several decades or only rediscovered in their Modern British and 20th Century art sale on September 12.

Central to the sale is Alexandra Exter’s, Musiciens, c.1935-38, made at the height of her career when the artist was exhibiting widely internationally. This painting has been in a private collection of nearly 30 years and we are extremely fortunate to be selling it at the time of the ground-breaking touring exhibition In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900–1930s.

Another exceptional highlight will be Head of Boy by Robert Colquhoun. Originally owned by a friend and colleague of the artist, this work has not been seen publicly since the 1950s. A true masterpiece of Post-War British painting.

The auction house will also be selling the collection of Elaine Moss (1924-2020), a highly important figure in children’s books. Her collection includes pieces by Beatrix Potter and one of Ernest H. Shepherd’s iconic illustrations for Winnie-the-Pooh.

Elsewhere, the sale will feature art from the estate of an important UK collection that includes works by Béla Kádár and Charles Ginner, and works from the collection of Iris Hughes (1915-2005), which includes major works by Georges Rouault and Claude Venard.

Other European highlights include a recently rediscovered paintings from the 1930s by Irish artist John Luke and a pastel of the artist’s daughter by Impressionist master Armand Guillaumin from the 1890s that was authenticated earlier this year.

The sale also includes a wonderful selection of artist associated with Welsh Art, including Shani Rhys James, Gwilym Prichard, Josef Herman and an early landscape by Sir Kyffin Williams.

Shani Rhys James, British b.1953 - Little Head, 2005
Shani Rhys James, British b.1953 – Little Head, 2005

There are also great works by the most important British artists of the 20th century, such as Dame Ethel Walker , Augustus John, Sandra Blow, Margaret Mellis, a rare work
from the 1940s by Kenneth Armitage and a 1950s landscape by Alan Reynolds.