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IVON HITCHENS | ARCHED TREES UPWARD AND INWARD MOVEMENT

Artist's Resale Right

Estimate:

40,000 - 60,000 GBP

Property from an Important Private Collection

IVON HITCHENS | ARCHED TREES UPWARD AND INWARD MOVEMENT

IVON HITCHENS | ARCHED TREES UPWARD AND INWARD MOVEMENT

Estimate:

40,000 - 60,000 GBP

Lot sold:

87,500

GBP

IVON HITCHENS

1893-1979

ARCHED TREES UPWARD AND INWARD MOVEMENT


signed; also signed, titled and inscribed on a label attached to the stretcher bar

oil on canvas

42 by 110cm.; 16½ by 43¼in.

Executed in the early 1960s.

The canvas is original. There are a few Artist's pinholes at intervals to the edges of the canvas with one or two tiny associated instances of loss and associated pinhead marks. There is light frame abrasion in a few places to the extreme edges with a few associated flecks of loss, largely not visible in the present frame. There are faint stretcher bar marks to the left and upper edges and the canvas is slightly loose. The canvas undulates slightly in places. There is a fleck of loss to a purple impasto tip to the right of centre with one or two possible further more minor instances of flattened impasto tips, only visible upon very close inspection. There is extremely minor reticulation to the purple pigment at the right edge with one or two possible further more minor instances elsewhere. There are a few flecks of accretions and surface matter and light surface dirt. There are a few spots of minor staining. This excepting, the work appears in very good overall condition.


Inspection under ultraviolet light is rendered difficult by the varnish but there are no obvious signs of fluorescence or retouching.


The work is housed behind glass in a carved and gilt painted wooden frame.


Please telephone the department on +44 (0) 207 293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present work.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Sale, Sotheby's London, 9th November 1988, lot 125

Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, where acquired by the present owner, 5th November 1997

'I should like to be able to put on canvas this underlying harmony which I first feel rather then see, and than extract from the facts of nature, distil and later develop according to the needs of the canvas' (Ivon Hitchens, quoted in Peter Khoroche, Ivon Hitchens, Andre Deutsh, London, 1990, p.109).


We are grateful to the Estate of the Artist for their kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work.