Add freshness to any interior with flowers of all kinds16 June 2021 It already feels like a hot summer so keep your home feeling fresh with this selection of floral-themed lots going under the hammer soon.
Pretty in pink
Flowers are a classic theme for still-life painting, and there are plenty of these to be found at auction at all price points. Pitched at £3500-4500, this oil of a vase of lupins and dahlias is by the Scottish artist Sir William MacTaggart.
The Midlothian-born artist went to Edinburgh College of Art between 1918 and 1921 and became one of the core group of the Edinburgh School. Offered in excellent condition, the painting is a featured lot of William George’s timed Fine Art ending June 24.
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Estimated at £100-150, this Victorian ebonised and inlaid cabinet is offered at Bishop & Miller Auctioneers on June 25. It features a rectangular top above a curved pediment with inlaid flowers above a blooming urn inlaid door flaked by gilt metal munts and foliate swag inlay above the arched plinth base.
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Tip top table
Another appealing piece of floral furniture is this African-style walnut and marquetry inlaid centre table, featuring a top inset with various African animals and flowers. It has a carved and pierced frieze and a carved and turned column to ogee feet.
It goes under the hammer at Cotswold Auction Company’s sale of June 22-23.
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Estimated at £3000-5000, this Charles II beadwork box was made in the last quarter of the 17th century. It is worked with Venetian glass beads, which were used sparingly by English craftspeople at this time.
The pattern follows the stylised symmetrical floral design seen in wood marquetry, carving and other textile design. It goes under the hammer at Dreweatts in Berkshire on June 30.
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The well-loved French artist Marc Chagall regularly commands high prices at auctions, particularly for his dreamlike scenes of couples and animals. This still-life of a vase of flowers has been authenticated by the Comité Marc Chagall and is offered at Koller Auktionen in Zurich on July 2.
Titled Bouquet d’été' was created in 1973, by which time Chagall was already an internationally acclaimed artist. According to the auctioneer: “Chagall has filled the canvas with energetic, wild brushstrokes, leaving the viewer without a hint of his advanced age.” It has an estimate of CHF800,000-1.4m.
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