5 must-see lots coming to Sloane Street auction, including a coveted pair of Joshua Reynolds portraits

Summer auctions are the perfect time to uncover hidden gems overlooked at the height of the season. If you’re hoping to stumble upon your own treasure, make sure you don’t miss the next one. summer sale to the newcomer Sloane Street Auctions, Chelsea, London. The sale, which takes place on July 1, brings together an exciting mix of important 20th century photographs, luminous Old Master paintings, Persian miniatures and more.

Sloane Street opened earlier this year and was founded by art world veteran Daniel Hunt, who has over 30 years experience as a gallerist and dealer. The auction house aims to attract first-time and seasoned buyers alike, offering treasures from all millennia, from Old Master drawings and paintings, European furniture and decorative arts, to photography, Impressionist works, as well as to modern and contemporary art.

The gallery seems to be off to a flying start with a dazzling auction of 140 lots. We’ve selected our five favorite lots, including a rare Sir Joshua Reynolds portrait pendant.

Mr Joshua Reynolds
The Reverend and Mrs. Lloyd at Turquerie (1757)
Estimate: £300,000-500,000

Mr Joshua Reynolds, The Reverend and Mrs Lloyd at Turquerie at Turquerie (1757). Courtesy of Sloane Street Auctions.

The last known pair of Reynolds Turkish portraits in private hands are up for auction, with this lavish duet of the Reverend and Mrs Lloyd. Turquoise was an Orientalist fashion that emulated aspects of Turkish art and culture. widespread in Western Europe from the 16th to the 19th century. The style of dress and decoration became popular in part due to increased trade routes with the West and the development of diplomatic relations between the Ottomans and European nations. The Turkish costume was quickly adopted by elegant European women in reference to their worldliness.

Reverend Lloyd and Mrs. Elizabeth Lloyd can be seen dressed in luxurious Turkish attire. In the book masquerades (1984) Aileen Ribeiro defines their garments as “an oriental masquerade dress, with Reverend Lloyd’s turban pinned to the top with a jewel and his short-sleeved, fur-lined garment – jacket or long dress – delicately and finely painted with the embroidery and tassel decoration Mrs. Lloyd can also be seen in a heavily embroidered and tasselled dress, her hand on her hip drawing attention to the detail of a small Ottoman-style dagger tucked into her wrought metal belt.

Pablo Picasso
White terracotta vessel (Incised August 23, 1952
Estimate: £200,000-300,000

Pablo Picasso, Vase in white terracotta (incised on August 23, 1952).  Courtesy of Sloane Street Auctions.

Pablo Picasso, White terracotta vessel (Incised August 23, 1952). Courtesy of Sloane Street Auctions.

This huge, one-of-a-kind white terracotta vase by Pablo Picasso embodies the Spanish artist’s passionate sense of experimentation, which characterized his works from 1952. The work is being auctioned by Marina Picasso’s estate , the artist’s granddaughter, and exemplifies her ceramic work at its best. The piece is an unusually large, double-handled, anthropomorphic vessel with arm-like handles, which Picasso playfully incised. Two lively faces are drawn on each side of the ship, a male and a female. The woman’s face is said to be based on Jacqueline Roque, the artist’s second wife and muse. Impressions of Picasso’s thumbprints are found at the base of the handle.

Paul Gauguin
noa noa
Estimate: £30,000-40,000

Paul Gauguin, Noa Noa (nd).  Courtesy of Sloane Street Auctions.

Paul Gauguin, noa noa (no date). Courtesy of Sloane Street Auctions.

by Gaugin noa noa the woodcuts, which illustrate Tahitian myths and legends, survive in the form of 78 printed compositions in woodcut, etching and lithography. At this time, Gauguin brought a renewed intensity to the printed medium, combining the sculptural virtuosity of his bas-reliefs carved in wood with the unparalleled colors of his paintings. Gauguin printed his noa noa blocks with a variety of color combinations and used different types of paper, sometimes blurring or smudging his prints to create the feel of a dreamlike reverie.

Nick Knight
saturday 8 August 2015 (2019)
Estimate: £20,000-30,000

Nick Knight, Saturday August 8, 2015 (2019).  Courtesy of Sloane Street Auctions.

Nick Knight, Saturday, August 8, 2015 (2019). Courtesy of Sloane Street Auctions.

Contemporary artist Nick Knight is known for his sublime interpretations of fashion photography, which make subtle references to his two photographic heroes: Horst P. Horst and Bill Brandt. An innovator of the medium, Knight composed a striking series of photographs of roses based on Dutch still lifes. Knight picks the flowers from her own patio and places them on her kitchen table, neatly stacking the petals on top of each other with the support of a scaffolding of small vases. He photographs the arrangements using only natural light from his window, then uploads the images to Instagram where he applies filters to soften and define the petals. The original file and the Instagram file are then sent to its editing lab, which merges them through digital overlay. The images are produced in gigantic 9-foot prints which the artist corrects with a white chinagraph wax crayon. In their final versions, the images are a composite of old and new photographic practices, resulting in sublime painterly images, such as Saturday August 8, 2015.

Heinz Hajek Halke
Black and white nude, preliminary study (circa 1930-1936)
Estimate: £12,000-18,000

Heinz Hajek-Halke, Black and White Nude, preliminary study (c.1930–1936).  Courtesy of Sloane Street Auction.

Heinz Hajek-Halke, Black and white nude, preliminary study (circa 1930-1936). Courtesy of Sloane Street Auction.

Nude Black & White is a rare vintage print by German abstract photographer Heinz Hajek-Halke, and a wonderful collectible opportunity for photography enthusiasts, embodying both the artist’s radical contemporary vision and his exquisite manipulation of photomontage.

Hajek-Halke was a pioneer of the 20th-centure photography but was largely forgotten by the time of his death in 1983. Hajek-Halke was known to freely use whatever tools he had at hand in his darkroom – wire, glass, glue, soot, bone of fish and varnish – improbably. Interest in his work has been revived in recent years through an acclaimed retrospective of this work held at the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris in 2002.

His nudes have become the best-known series of his work. In Nude Black & White, Preliminary studyhe mounts the body of the same woman by superimposing the photographic image, presenting the figure in two distinct styles and shades thanks to his impressive technical skill.

summer sale at The Sloane Street auctions will take place on July 1, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. GMT.

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