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16th Nov 2015
Stannard Still Life Study of Peaches Grapes and Plums estimate 3000 4000

An extraordinary selection of works by East Anglian artists goes under the hammer next week in Norfolk, in the biggest sale of its type to take place in the world.

Works by Edward Seago, Sir John Arnesby Brown, Campbell Archibald Mellon, Eloise Stannard and the Norwich School painters John Sell Cotman and John Crome are amongst nearly 450 pictures in Keys Fine Art Auctioneers East Anglian Art Sale.

Collectors from all over the world are expected to turn their attention to Aylsham when the sale takes place on Friday 27th November, with a large crowd expected at the salerooms, and many more bidders taking part live online.

The sale is the most important auction of work by East Anglian artists to take place anywhere in the world.

Amongst the lots going under the hammer are:

  • Three works by Edward Seago, including an oil painting of Barges in Amsterdam which has a pre-sale estimate of £14,000-£18,000
  • Five paintings by Sir John Arnesby Brown, including a picture of Cattle on the Marshes, which is expected to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000
  • Seven works by Campbell Archibald Mellon, including an oil painting of Figures on Gorleston Beach, which has a pre-sale estimate of £5,000-£6,000
  • Six still-lifes by Eloise Stannard, with values of up to £4,500
  • Five works by John Sell Cotman and six works by fellow Norwich School painter John Crome, including an important Cotman watercolour of Carnarvon Castle which has a pre-sale estimate of £2,000-£3,000

Keys Fine Art Auctioneers Head of Pictures Kevin Lines said, “This is one of the most important sales of East Anglian art we have seen, with over 400 pictures for sale, including a good number by leading artists.

“As well as the ‘big names’ of Seago and Arnesby Brown, there are many works by Norwich School painters such as Joseph Stannard, David Hodgson, Thomas Lound and Henry Bright, as well as more recent works by members of the Norwich 20 group such as Henry Curl and Leslie Davenport.

“London auction houses do sometimes sell works by East Anglian artists, but there is  nowhere where collectors and dealers will find such a concentration of paintings by the region’s top names, and the eyes of the art world will be on Aylsham on the 27th.”

The Keys Fine Art Auctioneers East Anglian Art Sale takes place on Friday 27th November at 10.30am.  Viewing is as follows:

  • Saturday 21st November 9am-1pm
  • Monday 23rd November 9am-7.30pm
  • Tuesday 24th November 9am-4.30pm
  • Wednesday 25th November 9am-4.30pm
  • Thursday 26th November 9am-7.30pm
  • Friday 27th November from 8.30am

Full details of the sale, together with a downloadable catalogue, can be found at www.keysauctions.co.uk