Blooming success at Henry Adams Fine Art Auction
An auction record was broken this week at Henry Adams Selected Antiques and Fine Art auction. On Thursday 14th April at the Baffins Hall saleroom in Chichester a painting by Sir Cedric Morris (1889-1982) was bid on by four telephone bidders, the internet and interest in the room to an unprecedented £81,000, the highest amount for any work by this artist to sell at auction.
The painting in question was from a local family who had owned the picture since it was painted in the 1930's. Cedric Morris was both a renowned artist and plantsman and many of his best known paintings are of flowers from his Suffolk garden. He set up the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing and influenced artists such as Maggi Hambling and Lucien Freud.
The oil on canvas offered by Henry Adams was a prime example of this flower genre and with signature and date it proved to be a draw to both collectors and dealers who travelled down to Chichester to view the painting before bidding started.
Andrew Swain, auctioneer at Henry Adams said, "We are delighted to have achieved a new record for this artist at auction. With our internet based sales we are finding that we can often match and sometimes achieve better results than the London salerooms."