Lot 4
  • 4

Alan Davie

Estimate
40,000 - 60,000 GBP
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Description

  • Alan Davie
  • Fetish with Yellow Background
  • indistinctly signed on the reverse; titled and dated NOV 54 on the reverse
  • oil and studio detritus on masonite
  • 102 by 122cm.; 40ΒΌ by 48in.

Provenance

The Artist;
Anne le Brocquy;
Gimpel Fils, London, where acquired by the present owner, 6th May 1987

Exhibited

Edinburgh, Richard de Marco Gallery, Retrospective Exhibition, June 1968, cat. no.12;
Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy, Retrospective 1952-1972, 1972, cat. no.3, with tour to Kunstverein Braunschweig and Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe;
Glasgow, McLellan Galleries, Retrospective Exhibition, 1982.

Literature

Alan Bowness, Alan Davie, 1967, cat. no.77, pl. 20;
Douglas Hall and Michael Tucker, Alan Davie, 1992, pl. 51.

Condition

The masonite is sound. There are a few tiny abrasions and tiny resultant flecks of paint loss to a few places along the very upper and lower edges, particularly to the corners. There is a small fleck of old paint loss to the large area of black pigment in the lower left quadrant. There is some very minor craquelure to the black pigment lower left, which is only visible upon close inspection. The surface is slightly dirty but generally the work is in good overall condition. Ultraviolet light reveals an uneven varnish and pigments which fluoresce and are the hand of the artist. There are a few scattered retouchings along the very outer upper and lower edges. Held in a gilt and painted plaster frame. Please telephone the department on 020 7293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present work.
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