Peploe picture in the frame to make £300k in auction

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An important still life by the Scottish Colourist Samuel Peploe is expected to fetch up to £300,000 at auction next month.

Still Life of Mixed Roses in Chinese Vase was painted at a pivotal moment in Peploe’s artistic career.

Peploe was one of the Scottish Colourists together with Francis Cadell, John Leslie Hunter and John Fergusson.

His work leads Bonhams’ annual Scottish Pictures Sale on August 20 in Edinburgh.

Bonhams head of pictures Chris Brickley said: “This transitional work, executed around 1920, has an arresting red ground and employs the typical cropped forms, flattened picture space and motifs which are hallmarks of his most characteristic pictures.

“Peploe’s palette would become chalky and the colour more restrained after 1920.”