New York, NY, September 16, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- The Dorothy Scharf Collection included works by major English watercolour painters of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Dorothy Scharf was the granddaughter of a professional art dealer and assembled the collection over a period of some forty years with the help of family funds. Many of the works were bought from, or with the advice of, a small number of leading London dealers including Agnew’s, Leger and Spink.
The bequest, following Dorothy Scharf’s death, of fifty-one works from the Dorothy Scharf Collection was the most significant single addition to the Courtauld’s distinguished collection of works on paper in London for over twenty-five years. The Courtauld was set up to collect works from the Golden Age of British watercolour painting between 1750-1850.
Further bequests were also made from the Dorothy Scharf Collection to the National Library of New South Wales and to a museum in Israel.
The collection now offered for sale includes 43 lots that are not only examples of important artists from the 18th and 19th century such as, Thomas Rowlandson, Peter de Wint, Robert Adam, Samuel Palmer and Sir Edward Burne-Jones, but also works from the 20th Century by Picasso, Beckmann, Lieberman and Kokoshka.
The Jonathan Skelton, A Monastery Between Ariccia and Genzano is done with pencil, pen and grey ink. This grey wash has an opening bid of $4,000. The Pablo Picasso, Two Female Figures and an Artist is a print. The edition for sale in this auction is 30 of 50 that Picasso produced of this image. This lot is signed by the artist in the lower right corner and has an opening bid of $2,500.
The items in this sale are available for viewing in our New York Gallery. For information about this sale or to arrange viewings, please contact Abby at 212.289.5588 or email Office@iGavel.com.
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