With hammer at the ready, Marc Allum from the Antiques Roadshow hosted the annual art auction at the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes. Marc who has recently moved to Chippenham, brought a great sense of flair and personality to the occasion that auctioned off £14,000 worth of fine art to the well healed crowd of art lovers.
The collection of only 12 works this year is specially selected by the organiser of the event, Dr Alan Cowley, who is on our 2016 art trail. This year's auction included several OS artists, Wiltshire based professionals as well as thoroughly international stars of the art world. New OS artist, Jane Corbet's exquisite cornucopia of porcelain, embroidery and sculpture was unmissable, elegantly ensconced into a Victorian, glass dome. The sale of Normandy Barcelo-Soto's elemental set of paintings came as no suprise. There was a beautiful city painting by Anna Simmons, a rather beautiful drawing of Birds of Paradise by Ann Swan and a large, wonderfully atmospheric canvas by Oliver Freeman sat next to a simple yet mesmarising drawing by Michael Angove. Alan Cowley had a deliciously minimal large-format landscape photogragh snapped up right on estimate.
This year David Inshaw continued to support the organisation with a beautiful limited edition, hand painted etching. A coo for the show this year was the inclusion of an original Edmund de Waal, who's ceramic installations can be found in many major museum collections. His dark and simple peice ended the auction on a high, with the lucky owner going home with a sure and sound investment.
Thank you to David Dawson, director of the museum for supporting artists in the area. All proceeds from the auction go to the museum, which has a formidable collection of Neolithic gold from the area.
Wiltshire Museum in Devizes and Marc Allum.
Normandy Barcelo-Soto and Jane Corbett
Jane Corbett, detail.
Michael Angove and Oliver Freeman.
Michael Angove, detail.
Edmund de Waal. An example of work similar to that auctioned at the museum.