Pink roses in a black Chinese vase decorated with white and pink blossom, on a hardwood stand, standing on a blue cloth. Oil on canvas, 24″ x 20″, signed lower left in red paint ‘A. Muller Ury’.
Present Whereabouts Unknown.
Lady Cunard; Sold Sotheby’s, May 10th, 1933, Lot 127, bought by Mrs. H. Warre for £1.10.00; London art market 2000; Sold, Gorringes, Lewes, East Sussex, 18 October, 2001, Lot 2432, £1400; bought by The Cider House Galleries, Bletchingley, Surrey, 2001.
There is an inscription on the stretcher which says ‘Belle of Portugal Roses’ in the artist’s handwriting and another which reads:
‘Bought Sotheby’s 30/- May 10th 1933
by A. Muller-Ury The Property of Lady Cunard’
The words ‘by A Muller-Ury’ are probably in the artist’s handwriting. On a small sticker on the stretcher is written the number C8042.
Lady Cunard sold a number of pictures, many of them still lives, in this sale, some by notable artists and including:
Lot 118, Bernard Meninsky, View of Camden Town for £1.10.00;
Lot 104, Mark Gertler, Flower Piece, dated 1921, £6.00.00;
Lot 122, Laura Knight, Flower Piece, 25″ x 20″, £20.00.00;
Lot 134, Marie Laurencin, chalk drawing of a head, dated 1926, £9.00.00;
and two landscapes by Philip Wilson Steer, Lots 125 and 126, which sold for £90 and £50 respectively.
A Maurice de Vlaminck river landscape with cottages, Lot 128, sold for only £11.