Chorley’s two-day auction on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd November will showcase furniture, pictures, objects and jewellery from the Arts and Crafts period to the present day, with estimates to suit every budget.
The undoubted highlight of the paintings section will be a still life by Christopher Wood (1901-1930), pictured above. Wood briefly studied architecture at Liverpool University where he met Augustus John who encouraged him to become a painter. By the mid 1020s Wood was moving in the circles of Jean Cocteau and Picasso and producing a large number of paintings. In 1925 alone he produced around 60 paintings, many of which were flower compositions. Addicted to opium, tragically he took his own life before the extent of his talent could be known.
The work entitled Tulips and Hyacinths has many of the distinctive characteristics of his work, an intensity of colour and subtle patterns of wavy lines and crosshatching, which creates the interplay between two and three dimensionality. This is a major work from an artist whose pictures hang in the Tate Gallery, the Louvre and in many important private collections. Accordingly, it is estimated at £40,000-60,000.