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FREUD: THROUGH HIS DAUGHTER'S LENS AT ORDOVAS, LONDON

In the Studio, copyright Rose Boyt, courtesy Ordovas, London.

Much has been written by those who sat for Lucian Freud. The catalogue essay that accompanies the current exhibition at Ordovas, Saville Row is however particularly revealing. Written by the artist's daughter Rose Boyt, the essay is an eye-opener into the intensity of the experience. This is borne out in the resulting portrait 'Rose' that is the key exhibit in this small but perfectly formed show. Black and white photographs of Freud in his studio, taken forty years ago by Rose at the time she was sitting for her father, compliment the intensity of the painting which has all the qualities of Freud's best work; unsentimental, exquisite, raw in subject, rich in tone and texture. It is astonishing to realise that Freud could depict his daughter in this way; quasi-beautiful but ultimately brutal

THE OAK INTERIOR, BONHAMS, LONDON

An impressive George I figured elm, ash and walnut chest-on-chest, c. 1715. Courtesy Bonhams.

Bonhams forthcoming ‘Oak Interior' sale includes this stunning elm and ash chest-on-chest or ‘tallboy’. Collectors of early furniture will be drawn to this by the outstanding colour and patination of the timber. 300 years worth of wax and dust has built up on the surface on the timber to produce a wonderful rich surface which, with just a little expert elbow crease, will polish to a high lustre and reveal a golden glow. Outstanding!

Estimate: £12,000 - 18,000, at Bonhams, 'The Oak Interior', 2nd Apirl, 2019

NEW NOW, PHILLIPS, LONDON

Anri Sala, Untitled, 2005. C-print on aluminium, 107 x 160 cm. Ed. 5 + 2AP. Courtesy Phillips, London.

Albanian artist Anri Sala, who represented France at the Venice Biennale in 2013, is working primarily in film but also photography, sculpture, architecture and sound, and is one of the most poetic artists of his generation. Because his work is so ethereal and tends not to be immediately recognisable, with no single motif to connect aesthetically disparate bodies of work, his market has lagged behind his critical and institutional support. This photograph, from 2005, has the liquid, limpid atmosphere of Monet's waterlilies.

Estimate: £3,000 - 5,000, at Phillips 'New Now', 11th April, 2019