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29th Apr 2021
Figures in Extensive landscapes second of a pair of oils by Gwyneth Johnstone estimate 10000 15000

A pair of large landscapes by Gwyneth Johnstone and a large group portrait by the circle of 17th century Dutch artist Jacob van Loo are two of the picture highlights in Keys Auctioneers and Valuers first Fine Sale of the year, which takes place on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th May.

The pair of Gwyneth Johnstone oils, each measuring 120cm x 180cm and entitled ‘Figures in Extensive Landscapes’, formed part of the important Archant Collection, which was broken up and sold last year.  Gwyneth Johnstone was the illegitimate daughter of artist Augustus John, and died aged 95 in 2010.  The pair have a pre-sale estimate of £10,000-£15,000.

The group portrait by the circle of Jacob van Loo (1614-1670), is thought to be a mourning picture portraying the French Royal family, and depicts a lady and three children, two of which are pointing to an oval portrait of their father, closely resembling Philip I, Duc d’Orleans, brother of Louis XIV.  The large picture, which measures 126cm x 118cm, has a pre-sale estimate of £6,000-£8,000.

The two day Keys Fine Sale takes place on Wednesday 12th and 13th May.  Socially-distanced in-person bidding will be allowed, with the sale also online at www.the-saleroom.com.  For full details of the sale, visit www.keysauctions.co.uk.