European & British Paintings Day Auction

European & British Paintings Day Auction

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Property from a British Private Collection

Adolph Gustav Plate

Apia, Samoa

Auction Closed

July 4, 02:11 PM GMT

Estimate

15,000 - 20,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from a British Private Collection


Adolph Gustav Plate

German/Australian

1874 - 1914

Apia, Samoa


signed, dated and inscribed A. G. Plate / APIA / 1891 lower left

oil on canvas

Unframed: 67 by 228cm., 26¼ by 89¾in.

Framed: 89 by 251cm., 35 by 98¾in.

Sir Berry Cusack-Smith, K.M.C.G., 5th Baronet (1859-1929; British Consul in Samoa from 1890 to 1898. He was a keen amateur photographer and avid sportsman)

Thence by descent to Sarita Catherine Williamina Davies, West Sussex (sale: Sotheby's, London, 7 June 1989, lot 123)

Purchased at the above sale by the parents of the present owner

The white building at the centre of the painting is the British Consulate and the woman in the sailing boat on the left is believed to be Mrs. Winifred Cusack-Smith. The Cusack-Smiths moved into Vailima, the home of Robert Louis Stevenson, after he died in 1894.