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Margaret Mellis

(1914 -  2009 )
MELLIS Margaret Still Life With Wine Bottle And Yellow Dish

Bonhams
Mar 15, 2016
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Margaret Mellis - Still Life With Wine Bottle And Yellow Dish

Margaret Mellis - Still Life With Wine Bottle And Yellow Dish

Original 1947
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Lot number: 41
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Margaret Mellis (British, 1914-2009)

Still life with wine bottle and yellow dish bears title, date and signature 'Margaret Mellis 1947-48' (canvas stretcher); stamped with artist's studio stamp oil on canvas 54 x 65cm (21 1/4 x 25 9/16in).

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Margaret Mellis - The Fish Slab

Margaret Mellis - The Fish Slab

Original 1958
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Lot number: 360
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§ Margaret Mellis (British, 1914-2009) The Fish Slab, 1958 signed on the reverse "Margaret Mellis" oil on board, in a white painted frame 52 x 64cm (20 x 25in) Exhibited: The Scottish Gallery, November 1958. Other Notes: Scottish artist Margaret Mellis was born in Swatow, China before her family moved back to Scotland where she grew up and came to attend Edinburgh College of Fine Art in 1930, earning her diploma and studio award in 1934. There she was taught under the colourist Samuel John Peploe and the landscape painters William Gillies and John Maxwell, studying alongside William Gear and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham who remained a friend in later life. Following this she earned an Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship to work with André Lhote in Paris for six months, and in 1936 she met the art critic Adrian Stokes. The following year Mellis was awarded the Andrew Grant Fellowship which enabled her to work for one year in her own studio before returning to Edinburgh in the second year to complete a mural. Mellis and Stokes married in 1938, meaning her Fellowship was withdrawn due to the award being ineligible for married women. Mellis went on to study at the Euston Road School, and in 1939 she and Stokes moved to Cornwall and were joined by companions in the modernist movement in Cornwall such as Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. Mellis was predominantly a colourist, working in collage and relief. Her move to Southwold, Suffolk in 1976 marked the beginning of her work in driftwood sculpture. During the 1990s Mellis played a role as mentor to the young artist Damien Hirst, and in 2001 her works were a major feature in the Newlywn Art Gallery exhibition. The 2008 Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts also exhibited a retrospective collection of her work along with producing a short film documentary Margaret Mellis: a Life in Colour. Tate St. Ives went on to display her work as another major feature in its 2011 Summer Exhibition, with Martin Creed and Agnes Martin as accompanying main contributors. Currently the Tate Gallery in London own four of Mellis' works; others are held by the Arts Council, The Fleming Collection, the City Art Centre, and the National Gallery of Scotland. A little dirty. Signed on the reverse "Margaret Mellis" in the artist's handwriting.
Margaret Mellis - Still Life With Wine Bottle And Yellow Dish

Margaret Mellis - Still Life With Wine Bottle And Yellow Dish

Original 1947
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Lot number: 95
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Margaret Mellis (British, 1914-2009)

Still life with wine bottle and yellow dish
bears title, date and signature 'Margaret Mellis 1947-48' (canvas stretcher); stamped with artist's studio stamp
oil on canvas
54 x 65cm (21 1/4 x 25 9/16in).

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Please note that this work is being sold in aid of The Adnams Charity
Margaret Mellis - Black & White

Margaret Mellis - Black & White

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Lot number: 58
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Margaret Mellis

1914-2009

BLACK & WHITE

Quantity: 2

stamped with studio stamp on the backboard

pencil, pastel and chalk

20 by 25cm.; 8 by 9¾in.

Executed circa 1967.

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Provenance

Andrew D'Arcy Fine Art, Bradfield, where acquired by the present owner in 2007

Together with a further work by the Artist entitled Diamond Variation.
The first: Unexamined out of frame. The sheet does not appear fully laid down, but is at least partially adhered to a backing support. There are deckled edges to the sheet, and creases visible in line with the grid system of the composition. These appear in keeping with the nature of the artist's techniques. There are further minor handling marks to the extreme edges, with some traces of minor studio detritus apparent upon close inspection, but this excepting the work appears in very good overall condition, with strong passages of impasto throughout. Housed behind glass in a white frame, float-mounted against a white backing card. Unexamined out of frame. The second: Unexamined out of frame. The work appears in excellent overall condition. Ultraviolet light reveals no obvious signs of fluorescence and retouching. Housed behind glass in a thick dark wooden frame, float-mounted against a linen-textured backing. Unexamined out of frame. Please contact the department on +44 (0) 207 293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present lot. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Margaret Mellis - Orange

Margaret Mellis - Orange

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Margaret Mellis (1914-2009) ORANGE, PINK AND YELLOW oil on canvas signed and titled on reverse 36 by 36in., 91 by 91cm. Purchased directly from the artist by the present owners in mid-1970sMargaret Mellis was born in China to Scottish parents. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art and was awarded various scholarships in the 1930s which afforded her trips to the Continent including a six month... More

Margaret Mellis (1914-2009) ORANGE, PINK AND YELLOW oil on canvas signed and titled on reverse 36 by 36in., 91 by 91cm. Purchased directly from the artist by the present owners in mid-1970s

Margaret Mellis was born in China to Scottish parents. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art and was awarded various scholarships in the 1930s which afforded her trips to the Continent including a six month period in Paris under André Lhote. In 1938 she met and married painter and critic Adrian Stokes. Together they moved to Cornwall and became central to the St Ives group. By the 1950s Mellis had remarried artist Frances Davidson and they were living in Suffolk where she concentrated on still life painting and later driftwood constructions. The present work was purchased from the artist during this period. In the mid 1980s Damien Hirst wrote to Mellis and visited her for a summer before entering into art school. Mellis\\`\\`\\`\\` work can be found in the collection of the Tate among other institutions in Britain and worldwide.

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