4/06/2021 Modern & Contemporary British Art, News Stories & Press Release, Professional Services & Valuations
#RoseberysDiscoveries: The lifetime collection of artist / collector, Berthe Wallis, that came into auction, discovered during a probate valuation.
Berthe Wallis died peacefully on 20th March 2019, aged 83. She was an artist, collector and all-round art patron. Like many other creatives, she chose the notorious, Barbican Estate of the City of London as her home. The Barbican, famed for its brutalist architecture, not only served as a home for Wallis, but also her large collection of art, that would later be auctioned at Roseberys, 228 lots in total. Names such as Patrick Hughes, Dame Barabara Hepworth DBE, Maggie Hambling, Gwen John, David Bomberg LG and Frank Auerbach, were included within the lifetime collection sold at Roseberys. The collection, that was wide-reaching, required not only Modern & Contemporary British Art specialists to appraise, but also valuers from Roseberys jewellery, furniture, ceramics and glass departments.
‘When we entered in the tiny little house in Barbican, we couldn’t believe our eyes. It was a museum within a two-bedroom flat! A collection of more than 300 pieces, all representing the wide spectrum of modern and contemporary British artists. The deceased was in love with every aspect of mod brit art, from pottery and ceramics, to paintings, bronze sculptures and silver. She was also a collector of jewellery. She was one of the last Maecenas - patron of arts, and a practicing artist herself.’ – commented Maria Zuccon, Professional Services and Valuations Manager, on the discovery.
Noteworthy, works that sold within Roseberys Modern & Contemporary British Art auction on 11th February 2020 included an oil on canvas board of mackerel, by Walter Richard Sickert ARA, that sold for £8,125.
A black and brown chalk over pencil on paper, titled and inscribed 'for Naomi with love from Leon and Peggy', by Leon Kossoff, sold for £7,750 against an estimate of £1,000 - £1,500.
David Bomberg LG, British 1890-1957- The Tent Family; watercolour and gouache on paper, which sold for £7,250 against a pre-sale estimate of £2,000 - £3,000.
Dora Gordine, Estonian/British 1895-1991- Sea Rose; bronze with marble base, sold for £6,250 against an estimate of £700 - £1,000.
Frank Auerbach, British b.1931- Primrose Hill (study),1960; pencil and oil paint on brown paper, sold for £6,000 against an estimate of £2,500 - £3,500.
Most works far exceeded their pre-sale estimates at auction, which is a testament to Wallis’s impeccable taste. They were also accompanied with impressive provenance reports, which showcased Wallis’s meticulous record keeping.
Maria Zuccon commented – ‘I honestly loved the entire collection of Berthe Wallis, but my favourite was lot 142, by the celebrated artist Maggie Hambling. This lot made £3,750 within the Modern & Contemporary British Art auction, earlier in the year of 2021.‘
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