25th Jan, 2024 10:00

Dick Turpin | The Legend Lives On

Lot 141


Eugène Berman (Russian-American, 1899-1972)

Eugène Berman (Russian-American, 1899-1972)
signed with initials and dated '1936' in the centre, also signed, inscribed and dated 'E. Berman/New York Juillet 1936/Janvier 1937/Melancolie' verso, oil on canvas
46 x 38cm

Provenance: The Edward James Foundation;
Maurice 'Dick' Turpin, Barons Keep, London W14.

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Sold for £19,000

Condition Report

Overall: 64.5 x 56.5cm
Craquelure starting to emerge in places. Some yellow discolouration to the varnish, mainly to the sky. There is a 1cm stripe along the left edge and a 0.5cm stripe along top edge where the colours appear darker, please see images. Under UV light there is some uneveness to the varnish which is fluorescing. Some further small areas of retouching, please see detailed condition images.



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Auction: Dick Turpin | The Legend Lives On, 25th Jan, 2024


We are extremely excited to present the catalogue for Dick Turpin | The Legend Lives On, available online to browse and bid.

Maurice, known to all as ‘Dick’, was one of the foremost antique dealers of the second half of the 20th century, who in his fifty-year career achieved truly iconic status. The enduring memories of the quality and calibre of the pieces that he dealt in only surpassed by those of his persona; a giant of a man with a large walrus moustache, scarcely seen without his trademark thick glasses, Harris tweed trilby and pipe, all of which accentuated by the curiously high-pitched voice that those who knew him cannot fail to affectionately imitate.

'He was larger than life, captivating his clients and fellow dealers for more than half a century. He had extraordinary knowledge and extraordinary energy.' - Chris Jussel

The contents of his Barons Keep residence comprises hundreds of spectacular, rare and meticulously chosen pieces of furniture, works of art and paintings from Europe and Asia, many of which have now found their way to the Sworders saleroom.



London Viewing | Highlights

A selection of lots will be on view Saturday 6 - Saturday 13 January at our London Gallery, 15 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ, as follows:

Monday-Friday, 11.30am - 5.30pm 

Saturday, 1pm - 5pm

Sunday - Closed



Stansted Viewing | Auction

Viewing will be held at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE, as follows:

Saturday 20 January, 10am - 1pm

Sunday 21 January, 10am - 1pm

Monday 22 January, 10am - 5pm 

Tuesday 23 January, 10am - 5pm 

Wednesday 24 January, 10am - 5pm 

Thursday 25 January, 9am - 10am 

All lots are, however, extensively illustrated and carry detailed condition reports - see 'Condition report' at the foot of each lot description. 

The auction will take place at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE. 

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