Wednesday 29 November 2023

Lot 6

John Duncan Fergusson, British 1874-1961 - Easter Sunday, 1931; oil on canvas, signed, titled and...

View More

Lot 6

John Duncan Fergusson, 
British 1874-1961 - 
Easter Sunday, 1931; 
oil on canvas, signed, titled and...

Price Realised: £11,152

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (31.2% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

Share this lot

Let your friends and family know about this lot

Lot 6


John Duncan Fergusson, 
British 1874-1961 - 

Easter Sunday, 1931; 

oil on canvas, signed, titled and dated on the reverse 'J. D. Fergusson Easter Sunday 1931' and with artist's labels attached to the reverse of the stretcher, 37.7 x 43 cm (ARR) 

Jocelyn Gunson, gifted by the above in 1971 and thence by descent 

'Easter Sunday' wonderfully encapsulates the sense of beauty and joie de vivre central to J. D. Fergusson's work, the juxtaposition of the blooming flowers, verdant backdrop and idealised female nude creating a brilliant harmony. The title and depiction of his female subject relates to the painting 'Eástre and Fruits, 1929' (The Fergusson Gallery) and sculpture 'Eástre (Hymn to the Sun), 1924' (Scottish National Gallery), which is most likely a portrait of his partner, the dancer and painter Margaret Morris. 'Eástre' refers to the Saxon goddess of Spring and these works celebrate modern women, reborn and in touch with the forces of nature. 

This was an important period for the artist, with exhibitions in New York in 1928 and in 1931, the year this work was made, he exhibited a number of works at 'Les Peintures Ecossais', held at the Galeries Georges Petit in Paris, demonstrating his continued importance within the French avant-garde. The same year the gallery held a major retrospective of the work of Henri Matisse, a major influence on the life and work of Fergusson. 

J. D. Fergusson is now celebrated as one of four Scottish Colourists, alongside Samuel John Peploe, George Leslie Hunter and Francis Cadell. From 1907 the artist lived in Paris, becoming an important figure in Modern circles, including being a founding editor of the journal Rhythm in 1911, working alongside John Middleton Murry, Katherine Mansfield and Anne Estelle Rice. A large collection of his work is now on permanent display at The Fergusson Gallery in Perth, demonstrating his position as one of the most important Scottish artists of the 20th Century. 

Buyer's Premium

The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

VAT is not charged on the hammer price unless it is stated that there is 'VAT applicable on the hammer price at the end of the description. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT.

Qualifying living artists and the descendants of artists deceased within the last 70 years are entitled to receive a re-sale royalty each time their work is bought through an auction house or art market professional.

It applies to lots with hammer value over €1,000 as follows:
0 to €50,000 - 4%, €50,000.01 to €200,000 - 3%
€200,000.01 to €350,000 - 1%,
€350,000.01 to €500,000 - 0.5%
Exceeding €500,000 - 0.25%
ARR is capped at €12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

Export of goods

Buyers intending to export goods should ascertain whether an export licence is required before bidding. Export licences are issued by Arts Council England and application forms can be obtained from its Export Licensing Unit. Details can be found on the ACE website or by phoning ACE on 020 7973 5188. The need for import licences varies from country to country and you should acquaint yourself with all relevant local requirements and provisions before bidding. The refusal of any such licences shall not permit the cancelling of any sale nor allow any delay in making full payment for the lot.

Own a similar item?

Receive alerts about similar lots

Continue Browsing

View More Lots View More Lots


Margaret Morris, British 1891-1980 - Head of J. D., 1916; charcoal on paper, 19.5 x 11.5 cm (ARR) 

Estimate: £700 - £900


John Duncan Fergusson, British 1874-1961 - Three dancing figures; oil on paper laid down on...

Estimate: £3500 - £4000


Lots 9-39 Property of the Late Reverend John Watson - Harry Phelan Gibb, British 1870-1948 - 

Estimate: £500 - £800

LOT 10

Philip Naviasky, British 1894-1983 - Still life with tulips and daffodils; oil on panel, signed...

Estimate: £400 - £600

LOT 11

Helen Jean Murray, British active 1967–1969 - Houses at Nairn; oil on paper, titled to artist's...

Estimate: £300 - £500

LOT 12

Hugh Gresty, British 1899-1958 - Suburbia; oil on burlap, signed lower right 'Gresty', titled to...

Estimate: £300 - £500

LOT 13

Clare Atwood, British 1866-1962 - Industrial interior, 1911; oil on canvas, signed and dated lower...

Estimate: £700 - £900

LOT 14

Dorothy Johnstone,  Scottish 1892–1980 - Portrait of a lady seated, 1957; oil on canvas, signed and...

Estimate: £800 - £1200

LOT 15

Benno Schotz, Estonian/Scottish 1891-1984 - Head of a woman; plaster, signed and dated on the...

Estimate: £400 - £600

LOT 16

Edith Granger Taylor, British 1887-1958 - The Mountain Lake; pastel on paper, 23 x 27.7 cm (ARR) 

Estimate: £300 - £500

LOT 17

William Hunter ROI, Scottish 1890-1967 - Flowers of Autumn; oil on canvas, signed lower right...

Estimate: £500 - £800

LOT 18

Jacob Brandenburg, Polish/Israeli 1899-1981 - Pensive man, 1931; wood, signed and dated to the...

Estimate: £300 - £500

LOT 19

Georg Ehrlich ARA, Austrian/British 1897-1966 - Study of a boy; pencil on paper, signed lower...

Estimate: £250 - £300

LOT 20

Arieh Allweil, Polish/Israeli 1901-1967 - Synagogue interior; oil on panel, signed lower right...

Estimate: £200 - £300

LOT 21

Frederick James Porter, New Zealand/British 1883-1944 - Mimosa; oil on board, 75 x 50 cm  

Estimate: £500 - £800

LOT 22

Alasdair Gordon Douglas MacKay, Scottish active c.1913-1937 - Portrait of a woman in blue, 1919; oil...

Estimate: £500 - £800

Newsletter Signup

Keyword Alerts