Peploe oil painting fetches £420,000

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A PAINTING of roses by one of Scotland’s most important artists, the Colourist Samuel John Peploe, has fetched more than £420,000 at a city auction.

The oil painting on canvas, Mixed Roses in Chinese Vase, is thought to have been completed around 1920 when the artist was in his 50s and working in a studio in Queen Street.

It was a pivotal time for Peploe, who was said to have been “obsessed” by creating the perfect still life. He painstakingly set up such compositions.

The masterpiece, which attracted international attention, features pink and white flowers and favourite motifs including the Chinese vase, fruit, a closed fan, crockery and drapery.

It was the highlight of Bonhams’ Annual Scottish Sale Part I where it fetched £421,250.

Other highlights in the sale included a recently discovered five-foot-high View of Edinburgh Castle, by Sam Bough, which was sold for £109,250 to another telephone bidder.

The view, from Princes Street, had never before been exhibited, and shows the iconic landmark as it would have appeared to the Victorians in the 1860s.

Chris Brickley, Bonhams’ head of pictures in Scotland, said: “These are two stunning works by important painters in the history of art in Scotland and I am not surprised they were so keenly sought after.”