Lost Impressionist artwork recently rediscovered in Yorkshire fetches £180,000 at auction
‘In a Ligurian Garden’ by Henry Herbert La Thangue (1859-1929) has recently been rediscovered in Yorkshire, having been passed down from the Prince-Smith family, textile machinery makers of Keighley, West Yorkshire.
Henry Herbert La Thangue RA (1859-1929) was a leading exponent of British Impressionism, which depicted the rural ideal, first in Sussex and later in the unspoiled gardens of the French and Italian Riviera.
The current work hung at the Royal Academy in 1908, together with its companion image ‘Ligurian Flowers’, now in the Blackburn Art Gallery. Ligurian gardens became a major theme of his work before the outbreak of war, in which he distilled the natural abundance and sensuality of Italy into works steeped in sunshine and the scent of flowers and fruit set amid crumbled plaster.
An impressive depiction of a pelican by Henry Stacy Marks (1829-1898) also sold well at £18,500.
Henry Stacy Marks began his career focusing on historical scenes, often taken from Shakespeare; however, in 1888 the Fine Art Society planned an exhibition on birds and Marks took the opportunity to study the subject in depth, becoming a frequent visitor to London Zoo. Drawing birds with precision and focusing on exotic and colorful species, Henry Stacy Marks mastered the art of bird painting.
Other notable lots included a Portrait of Eleanor of Austria (of reputation) by a follower of Alonso Sanchez Coello (1531-1588), which sold for £8,500, a Lamentation in the manner of Campin ( circa 1375-1444), which sold for £4,500 and a pastel portrait of Miss Davy, granddaughter of Frances Fitz William, Lady Carbery by Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1739-1808) sold for £3,000.
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A good supply of equine paintings in the sale was led by “The Flying Dutchman”, attributed to John Frederick Herring Snr. (1795-1865), sold for £7,000. Also sold well were a painting of a gray horse in a stable by Robert L Alexander (1840-1923) (sold for £4,500), and ‘Horse Fair, possibly Appleby’ by John Atkinson (1863-1924) (sold for £5,500).
The sale achieved a total hammer price of £330,780 with a sell-through rate of 83% for 131 lots.
A second sale on the same day, the Tennants Auctioneers Summer Sale, saw a cut glass goblet which accompanied Napoleon I on a campaign sell for £8,800.
During his campaign, Napoleon demanded that he be looked after in the manner he was accustomed to at the Imperial Palace, surrounded by luxuries befitting his rank and meeting the highest standards of formal etiquette.
The current glass was made by Montcenis, a crystal manufacturer established in 1787 and was engraved with an ‘N’ surmounted by the Imperial Crown. The glass was sold in the original fitted brown leather case embossed with the same crowned ‘N’ and golden bees, and had been part of a private family collection in the North West of England.
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In 2014, Tennants expanded the auction center to 80,000 square feet with the development of The Garden Rooms – a venue dedicated to events, weddings, conferences and exhibitions. The venue is one of the largest event spaces in the region with a capacity of over 600 people.
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