Oil on canvas, signed (lower right), 80cm x 44cm framed. As well as painting many frescoes in the town hall of his home town Avignon, Firmin exhibited at the Salon of French Artists from 1889 to 1922.
Ink and ink wash on paper, signed and dated 'P. Tchelitchew, 1930' (bottom left), 45cm x 28cm, framed. A Russian-born surrealist painter, who after leaving Russia in 1920, lived in Paris until moving to New York in 1934. His first U.S. show was of his drawings at the newly opened Museum of Modern Art in 1930.
Ink on paper, signed and dated 'H de Waroquier, 1930' (lower right), 27cm x 21cm, framed. De Waroquier’s work figures prominently in many important collections of early 20th century art, most especially in those of the City of Paris Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of the 1930s, also in Paris.
Pencil on paper, signed 'Pascin' (lower right) and annotated 'Paris, 1921' (middle right), 31cm x 23cm, unframed. Best known as a Parisian painter, he was associated with the artistic circles of Montparnasse, and an emigre of the School of Paris.
Goache on board, signed 'Sironi' (lower right), 14cm x 12.5cm (35cm x 34cm framed). Sironi was an Italian modernist artist whose works are held in numerous public collections, including the Guggenheim Venice and the Tate. This piece was previously owned by Erik Estorick.
Pencil and charcoal on the reverse of typed correspondence, signed 'Sironi' (lower right), 26cm x 20cm (63cm x 49cm framed). Sironi was an Italian modernist artist whose works are held in numerous public collections, including the Guggenheim Venice and the Tate. This piece was previously owned by Erik Estorick.
Black crayon and red chalk on paper, signed and dated 'M Delmotte, 1930' (lower right), 27cm x 26cm, unframed. Best known for his large frescoes, Delmotte also produced more intimate works such as this Art Deco figure study.
Oil on canvas, signed and dated (bottom left), 55cm x 74cm, framed. De Terlikowski spent most his career in Paris. Supported throughout his life by directors of French banks with links to West Africa, this painting may have been commissioned by them, given its subject matter.
Pen and ink on paper, signed with signature stamp (bottom left), 37cm x 31cm, unframed. Bérard was an artist, fashion illustrator and designer. His most renowned achievement was his designs for Jean Cocteau's film La Belle et la Bête (1946).
Crayon on paper, inscribed "Zweigespräch" (lower right), artist's estate stamp (verso), 76cm x 41cm, framed. The German painter belonged to the Dresden Academy school of artists. Although undated, heavily drawing on German Romanticism, the work is clearly influenced by the Art Nouveau.
Oil on canvas, signed 'Navez' (top left), 74cm x 75cm, framed. Navez first exhibited in Brussels in 1908. His style, as evidenced here, was initially influenced by Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas. The title of the painting translates as young boy with a spotted bowtie.
Red Chalk on paper, 31cm x 47cm, unframed. Cortois was a French artist in the academic style, whose work can be seen in public collections in Marseille, Bordeaux, and Luxembourg. He was also a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour.
Ink and wash on paper, inscribed 'Verónica, May MCMXXXIX' (lower right), 30cm x 38cm (53cm x 60cm framed). An early work by Ayrton, he would go to be renowned as a painter, printmaker and sculptor. In bullfighting, a Verónica is the act of a matador letting his cloak trail over the bull's head as it runs past him.
Pencil, pen and ink on Japanese paper, signed lower right, 23cm x 24cm (44cm x 45cm framed). A prolific French neo-Impressionist, save for the war years, he exhibited with the Société des Artistes Indépendants every year from 1887 until his death in 1941.
Ink and wash on paper, signed and dated 'Keith Vaughan/42' (lower right), 17.7cm x 15.2cm, (40cm x 37cm framed). Painted during the war, Vaughan had registered as a concientious objector. Eventually he was conscripted into the Pioneer Corps as a non-combatant.
Oil on board, 61cm x 45cm, framed. The composition is probably created in the studio, but it evokes memories of the Bloomsbury Group from earlier in the century.
Charcoal on paper, signed (top right), 62cm x 48cm, unframed. Hugely successful in his lifetime, Marcel-Lenoir's academic study is wondefully evocative of the 1920s and Art Deco.
Lithograph on paper, monogrammed in ink (19)17 (bottom left), dedication 1918 and indistinct signature (Willy Geiger?) (bottom right), 24cm x 19cm, (41.5cm x 37cm framed). The lithograph by an unknown, possibly German, artist is representative of the German Expressionsion of its time.
Lithograph on simili-Japan paper, signed (lower right) in pencil "E Heckel", marked (lower left) "Probedruck", and annotated (lower left) "Tanzende Matrosen", 36cm x 44cm (59cm x 67cm framed). Created in Ostend during WW1, it is an extremely early depiction of two men dancing together in a loving embrace.
Black, white and ochre chalk on blue paper, watermark ET, 46.7cm x 31.1 cm, (64cm x 38cm framed). One of the most successful artists of fin-de-siècle Vienna, he is best known for historical and mythological painting, particularly of subjects pertaining to ancient Rome.
Etching with tone, signed and numbered in pencil 36/50, 22.5cm x 16cm, (42cm x 32cm framed). A self-taught artist, Holloway painted multiple self-portraits throughout his life. A copy of this edition is held within the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Pen and ink and wash on paper, 43cm x 29cm, unframed.
Oil on panel, signed and dated (lower right), 35cm x 26.5cm unframed. Claude Firmin studied under Léon Bonnat and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Avignon, where he later became a teacher, then the principal. He is best remembered for his portraits and interiors.
Charcoal on paper, 63cm x 47cm, unframed. Hugely successful in his lifetime, Marcel-Lenoir's academic study is wondefully evocative of the 1920s and Art Deco.
Charcoal on paper, signed (lower middle) and squared for scale, 46cm x 41cm, unframed. Hugely successful in his lifetime, Marcel-Lenoir's academic study is wondefully evocative of the 1920s and Art Deco.
Etching, signed (lower right), 10cm x 15cm (plate size), unframed. Brandel a Polish painter and graphic designer who emigrated to France in 1907, and remained working there for the remainder of his life.
Pen and ink on paper, signed with signature stamp (bottom left), 35cm x 26cm, (41cm x 50cm framed). Bérard was an artist, fashion illustrator and designer. His most renowned achievement was his designs for Jean Cocteau's film La Belle et la Bête (1946).
Oil on canvas, 46cm x 39cm, framed. The painting would have been created in one of the painting academies of Paris. The tanned face and pale body suggests that the model may have also been labourer.
Ink and ink wash on paper, 36cm x 28cm, (59cm x 42cm framed). Edulji Dinshaw (Indian 1916-1970), a resident of New York, was the son of a prominent Mumbai industrialist and financier, and was depicted by Tchelitchew on a number of occasions.
Pastel on paper, signature stamp (bottom right), 62cm x 52cm, framed. Bérard was a hugely important figure as an artist and in theatrical design in Paris in the 1930s and 1940s. He also worked as a fashion illustrator for Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparellu and Nina Ricci.
Pen and ink and wash on paper, signed with signature stamp (bottom left), 29cm x 21cm, (44cm x 36cm framed). Bérard was an artist, fashion illustrator and designer. With his partner Boris Kochno, they were one of the most prominent openly gay couples in French theater during the 1930s and 1940s.