The big stars this time, include five monumental oil paintings by Sir Kyffin Williams. I sense a new chapter commencing in the story of Sir Kyffin. His market has followed a reasonably steady horizontal line in the last ten or so years, but now there appears to be new interest emerging in his work and prices seem to be on the up. This was on show in April’s Welsh Sale in which there was very healthy competition and some remarkable results. And this Welsh Sale brings together one of the finest collection of works by the artist that have appeared on the market. Each oil painting resonates differently and demonstrates remarkable painterly qualities and Sir Kyffin’s total possession of the subject matter.
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The Welsh Sale
24 July 2021 9:30 AM
Cardiff Saleroom, South Wales
We are delighted to bring you another excellent selection of lots wrapped up in our Welsh Sale package once more. Again, there are some big stars and it promises to be another fascinating and intriguing event.
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Sir Kyffin Williams oil on canvas 'Farmer & Chapel, Rhoscolyn', 50 x 110cms
£50,000 - 70,000
SIR KYFFIN WILLIAMS RA oil on canvas - Rhoscolyn village, Ynys Mon, with chapel in centre of composition, signed with initials, 50 x 60cms Provenance: private collection, consigned via our Colwyn Bay office Presentation & Condition: original frame, scuffing and marks to the frame, no obvious signs of damage or repair
SIR KYFFIN WILLIAMS RA oil on canvas - dramatic and expansive scene featuring Bryn Cader Faner Harlech, being a bronze age prince's burial cairn, over four thousand years old, 60 x 90cms Provenance: private collection north Wales, sold to the present owner's parents by the artist during an exhibition of his work held at Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog in November 2002, the painting featured on the cover of the exhibition catalogue
SIR KYFFIN WILLIAMS RA oil on canvas - head and shoulders portrait, entitled verso 'Willie', signed with initials, 75 x 74cms Auctioneer's Note: Willie is purported to be Willy Lee of Yns Mon (Anglesey) and formed part of a local support group for epileptic sufferers together with Sir Kyffin who was himself also an epileptic. If Kyffin Williams had not developed epilepsy he might never have become a painter. Rogers Jones & Co have decided to donate 5% of the price from the commission to Epilepsy Research UK
The Gwyneth & Ieuan Evans Collection
The brings an array of interesting Welsh porcelain with a focus on rarely seen academic examples and sought-after landscape decorated wares from Swansea and Nantgarw. The highlight from the collection is most likely the 1832 dated Ewenny Wassailing bowl. These unusual and rare communal bowls are part of the Welsh folk-tradition with the ancient New Year practice of wassailing conducted in Glamorgan. Parties would progress from house to house with greetings of health and prosperity and the bowls were generally filled with spiced ale to share.
Due to the bowls being produced in small quantities regionally and because of the vulnerable nature of the bowls, coupled with their celebratory use, early examples are extremely rare survivors.
A RARE EWENNY POTTERY SLIPWARE WASSAIL BOWL & COVER, DATED 1832-33 glazed in yellow over red with sgraffito decoration, the base with eighteen plain strap handles decorated with circles and zig-zags, repeated interlocking circles below the rim and the inscription 'WIM Clay Pits - 1833' below the handles, the domed cover topped with a figure kneeling before a round table of objects and surrounded by chickens and two foxes, one fox with a mouse in its mouth, inscribed 'William James Tonyrevil Jany 12th 1832', 39cm high
One of the most important Welsh painters working currently is Kevin Sinnott. His famous painting 'Running Away with the Hairdresser' at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff is one of Wales' most iconic paintings. We are proud to offer another of the artist's monumental and powerful works in this auction.
KEVIN SINNOTT enormous oil and charcoal on linen - entitled verso on Flowers gallery label 'The Boxing Field, Pontycymmer c.1920', signed with initials, 178 x 220cms Provenance: private collection consigned via our Cardiff office. The painting is from Kevin Sinnott's 'History' series which was exhibited at the launch of the artist's own gallery - Studio 18, in 2016. It was then transported to London and sold through Flowers to the vendor's late husband