Treasures That Inspired Giant of Scotland's Post-War Art

Admired by Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, bought by Peggy Guggenheim, and arguably Scotland’s most respected painter of the post-war era,  Alan Davie died last year at the age of 93 at his Hertford home. 


TREASURES THAT INSPIRED GIANT OF SCOTLAND’S POST-WAR ART

Now a number of his possessions, thought to have inspired him in his work, are coming up in the 20th Century Decorative Art & Design sale at Sworders on October 13.

The 20th Century Decorative Art and Design sale will include musical instruments and tribal art, among other items, from the estate of the artist who drew inspiration from the magic and symbolism of tribal traditions ranging from Ancient Egypt and the Australian Aborigines to the Celts and Picts, selling out his first major New York exhibition in 1956, with works going to institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art.

He later had Pollock to stay at this home in England and was to prove influential to the likes of David Hockney. Some of his works even featured in the famous 1960s film Blow-Up, starring David Hemmings.

One of the lots is a pair of PK22 tan leather and steel lounge chairs, designed by Poul Kjaerholm in 1956, and stamped to the front spur. They are estimated at £500-700.

A pair of tribal masks – exactly the sort that inspired Davie’s art – comes guided at £120-150, while a saxophone carries hopes of £150-200. Davie was also a well-known professional jazz musician.

The consignment also includes some silhouette puppets that hung in the house, as well as a series of musical instruments including cellos and a xylophone.

 

 


 

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