Let us take a look at some of the sale’s highlights.

First up, we go back in time to the 1920’s where one of Britain's leading portrait painter, Augustus John created this portrait of the artist Olive Snell (1888-1962), estimated at £12,000-18,000.

John was celebrated for his dazzling figure drawings, and new technique of oil sketching. Although the flamboyant bohemian artist was Welsh, his work was favourably compared in London with that of Gauguin and Matisse. He developed a style of portraiture that was imaginative and often extravagant, catching an instantaneous attitude in his subjects.

The authenticity of “Portrait of the artist Olive Snell,” has been confirmed by Rebecca John, the granddaughter of the artist, dating it to the late 1920s when the artist habitually signed in red paint.

Snell, a successful artist in her own right, also painted portraits and even exhibited at the Fine Art Society, Grosvenor Gallery, New English Art Club, Royal Institute of Oil Painters & Society of Women Artists.

Next up we have this striking abstract acrylic painting by Sayed Haider Raza, an Indian artist who lived and worked in France for 60 years during 1950-2010, whilst maintaining strong ties to his Indian heritage.

Raza left India on a government scholarship to Paris in 1950. Living in France until 2010, Raza was one of the few artists of his generation to find success abroad while maintaining a place of significance among the art community back home.

Raza is best remembered for the series of Bindu paintings he began in the late 1970s, which he continued to make for the rest of his life. These canvases featured a dot or a circle as a centre of energy, the seed of life & creation. In the 1990s, the date of the present picture, Raza extended his Bindu series, pairing triangles, squares &  rectangles in red, blue, orange, yellow & green with deep black circles. In 2010, Raza became one of India’s priciest modern artist when a influential work, “Saurashtra,” 1983, sold for over £2 million at a Christie’s auction in London.

He received the highest French civilian honour, the Commandeur de la Legion d’honneur (Legion of Honour) in July 2015.

Similarly, Boningtons will also be auction this Güngör Taner abstract oil painting estimated at £4,000- £6,000.

Born in Istanbul, Taner graduated from Nurullah Berk workshop of the Painting Faculty of Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts. He continued his studies in Salzburg in 1971 where he worked with the Dutch artist Corneille. He had his first exhibition in Istanbul in 1981, with a retrospective at the Ataturk Cultural Centre in 1990. Taner is interested in rhythm and music while creating his paintings, using contrasts and searching for abstract aspects and a sustainable form in pursuit of harmony. The artist has won several important awards including the Achievement Award of the 2nd Istanbul Biennial, 1981.

Finally we have Royal Academy artist William Etty, R.A. (1787-1849) and his study of an Indian man in a turban. Though best known for his nudes, Etty regularly painted studies of non-European or exotic models, clothed, as here - but in London, not on his foreign travels which were limited to France, Italy & the Low Countries. In fact, the man depicted in the present painting is almost certainly the Indian Mendoo, who was a favourite model of Etty’s over many years, according to the artist’s biographer Alexander Gilchrist.

Previously sold at Bonhams and Christie’s this painting is estimated at a cool £1,500-2,500

Other blockbuster names featuring in this auction include: Dame Laura Knight, Sir Stanley Spencer, Ben Nicholson, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Ken Howard, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Sophie Anderson and David Roberts.

Aside from pictures the sale includs a significant collection of Napoleonic letters & other items, Asian art, silver, clocks, furniture, sculpture and much more.

Browse the catalogue here!

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