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Property from a Distinguished Private Collection

Ben Nicholson

Violin and Balalaika

Auction Closed

November 23, 03:04 PM GMT


300,000 - 500,000 GBP

Lot Details


Property from a Distinguished Private Collection

Ben Nicholson

1894 - 1982

Violin and Balalaika

signed Nicholson and dated c. 1932 (on the backboard) 

oil and pencil on canvas

unframed: 51 by 61.5cm.; 20 by 24¼in.

framed: 69 by 79.5cm.; 27 by 31¼in.

Executed circa 1932. 

We are grateful to Rachel Rose Smith and Lee Beard for their kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work. A catalogue raisonné of Ben Nicholson’s paintings and reliefs is currently being prepared by Modern Art Press, and the authors encourage owners to be in touch. Please write to Rachel Smith, c/o Sotheby’s Modern & Postwar British Art, Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA or email

Helen Sutherland, Cumberland

Gifted to Mrs Nicolette Gray

Her sale, Sotheby's London, 12 November 1975, lot 63

Sale, Sotheby's London, 4 April 1989, lot 60

Sale, Christie's London, 9 June 2006, lot 147

Fine Art Society, London, where acquired by the present owner in 2008

Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Paintings and Drawings from the Private Collection of Miss Helen Sutherland, March - May 1962, no. 31