Contemporary Art And Design At Ewbank's Auction
Art by Reynolds, Fedden and Tyson among highlights

Alan Reynolds AuctionsArt lovers should head to Ewbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction-house, on October 26 for two intriguing sales taking place on that day: Decorative Arts at 10am and Contemporary Art at 3pm.

Many fascinating pieces have already been catalogued for sale, however there is still time to consign items before the deadline on October 15. For more information on how to enter pieces for sale, simply get in touch with the team by calling 01483 223101 or emailing

Among the highlight lots earmarked by the experts at Ewbank’s, are three stand-out pieces by British artists Alan Reynolds, Mary Fedden and Keith Tyson.

An oil-on-board entitled ‘January Landscape’ by Alan Reynolds (1926 - 2014) which is signed and dated 1952/53, has been valued at between £10,000 and £15,000. Reynolds’ early abstract work is highly sought after at auction, and the team at Ewbank’s expect a lot of interest in this painting.Mary Fedden Auction

Reynolds studied at Woolwich Polytechnic, and at the Royal College of Art, before going on to teach at both the Central School of Art and Design and St Martin’s School of Art. He began his career as a landscape painter, but later changed to a completely abstract style.

Reynolds’ work is in the permanent collections of important galleries all over the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Museum of Canada, and in London in both the Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

A signed oil-on-board by Mary Fedden (1915 - 2012) entitled ‘Red Flowers and Fruit’ which was painted in 1966, has been given a pre-sale value of between £8,000 and £12,000.

The painting bears a label from The New Art Gallery verso, and a hand-written one reading 'Mary Fedden Red Flowers and Fruits, 70 Guineas'. The vendor purchased it from Abbot and Holder Gallery in London in the late 1990s / early 2000s.Keith Tyson Auction

Bristol-born Fedden studied at the Slade School of Art in London, and painted stage sets at Sadlers Wells for a few years before returning to Bristol to teach art and paint portraits. After the war, she staged her first exhibition at the Mansard Gallery in Heal’s department store in 1947, showing flower and still-life paintings, and was subsequently commissioned to paint covers for Woman magazine.

Following this, Fedden painted prolifically and had exhibitions all over the UK, including murals for the television pavilion at the 1951 Festival of Britain. From the late 1950s, she taught painting at the Royal College of Art, and in 1992 she was she was elected to the Royal Academy.

A biro sketch by Keith Tyson, winner of the Turner Prize in 2002, has been valued at between £2,000 and £3,000. The sketch, entitled ‘Breadboard Sketch’ is signed and dated 1996, and measures just 8cm square. It was purchased by an employee of the Antony Reynolds Gallery in London, and later gifted to the current vendor.

Tyson works in a wide range of media, including painting, drawing and installation, and has staged exhibitions all over the world including in New York, Denmark and Switzerland.contemporary print auctions

Two lots connected to famed Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali are going under the hammer. The first, a signed aquatint and lithograph from the Alchemist 1975, which is framed and glazed, has been valued at between £400 and £600. It is signed and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

The second is a limited-edition woodblock print, published by Les Heures Claires Paris, depicting Dali’s ‘The Repentance of Dante’ from Dante’s Divine Comedy has been valued at £200 to £400. It’s signed on the front by Dali and on the reverse by the editor, Mr Estrade.

A female nude by Algerian-French artist Emile Aubry, signed and dated 1925, has been valued at between £1,500 and £2,500. This large oil-on-canvas measures 101.5cm by 71cm.

Among the highlights of designer furniture lots are two mid-20th century Charles and Ray Eames chairs and stools for Herman Miller which carry an estimate of between £1,000 and £2,000 for each set. Made from rosewood and leather these are icons of modern furniture design and are sure to attract plenty of interest.

Viewings for both auctions are as follows: Monday 23 October 9am-5pm; Tuesday 24 October 9am-7pm; Wednesday 25 October 9am-5pm; plus on the morning of the sales on Thursday 26 October.

If you have items to consign for sale, please get in touch with Ewbank’s for advice on the process. Call 01483 223101 or email Alternatively, just call in Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm at the Burnt Common Auction Rooms, just off the A3 near Guildford. There is plenty of parking on site.Eames Herman Miller Auction
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