Lot 85 Félix Vallotton (1865-1925), La Paresse (Vallotton & Georg. 169/a(v.d)), 1896

Numbered 29 from an edition of 180 and signed in blue crayon by the artist, this intimate woodcut rarely comes up at auction, however just this June a Swiss auction house, Galerie Kornfeld in Bern, sold number 132 of 180 for a record $48 000 (£30 000).

Number 32 from this series is in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and number 7 is in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has one as does The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Paris's National Library of France to name but a few of the prestigious institutions holding this woodcut in their collections. La Paresse at Gray's is estimated at $20 000 – 30 000.

As well as this striking piece, the sale has more than 150 lots of fine art including Russell Cheney's whimsical oil on canvas, Two Pinckey St. Cats from 1942 and pieces by John Henry Twachtman (1853 – 1902), William Trost Richards, Alfred de Breanski Sr., Elayne Addari (b.1936) and Laurent Vialet (b.1967).

Lot 62 Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Brillo Box Ink on cardboard

Lot 17 Jakob Emil Schindler (1842-1892) Forest Scene

Lot 2 Russell Cheney (1881-1945) Two Pinckey St. Cats/Pigeons

A sylphlike bronze from 1929 of a standing female nude by Marg Moll is a key has an tale to tell. Before the Second World War several of her sculptures where purchased by museums throughout Germany but were destroyed by the Nazis condemned by Hitler as 'degenerate art'. A friend, pupil and colleague of Matisse, his famous portrait of her, Greta Moll, painted in 1908, is in the National Gallery in London.

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