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The Astor Collection from Tillypronie

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 ottobre 2017

Astor CollectionLondon – Christie’s will present The Astor Collection from Tillypronie, the finest collection of sporting and ornithological art to come to the market in over 20 years, as part of December Classic Week 2017. The auction will reflect the Astor family’s thoughtful collecting interests and includes one of the most comprehensive selections of works by ornithological artist Archibald Thorburn, along with a younger generation of artists such as Claire Harkess, Steven Porwol, Darren Woodhead and Jonathan Sainsbury, many of whom have been hosted at the historic Tillypronie estate in Scotland. The collection also presents sculpture, furniture and decorative arts and will be offered at Christie’s London on 15 December 2017, along with an online-only sale that will be open for bids from 9 to 18 December 2017.
Harriet Drummond, International Head of Department, British Drawings & Watercolours at Christie’s: “I Astor Collection1have known the Astor Collection at Tillypronie since the 1980s. The much-celebrated selection of paintings by Archibald Thorburn is magnificent, the finest and largest I have ever seen. Assembled by a keen sportsman and naturalist, advised by Aylmer Tryon of the eponymous leading London sporting art gallery, it is pitch perfect – the best put together by the best. Dominated by paintings of Red Grouse, Blackgame, Ptarmigan and Partridge, and executed at the height of the artist’s skills, the collection also includes letters, sketches and studies of the trees and plants found around Tillypronie from the heather to the rhododendron. It is Thorburn’s technical skill, his attention to detail and accuracy – providing authentic landscapes and plants for his depictions of birds, that made his work not only compelling in his lifetime but also today. No collector, admirer or enthusiast should miss the opportunity presented by the Astor Collection.” (photos: Astor Collection)


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