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    Sale 5883

    20th Century British Art including The Olga Davenport Collection

    25 March 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 39

    Olga Davenport (1915-2008)

    Orange Flower

    Price Realised  


    Olga Davenport (1915-2008)
    Orange Flower
    signed and inscribed 'ORANGE FLOWER./OLGA DAVENPORT' (on a label attached to the frame)
    oil on canvas
    20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40 cm.)

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    Patrick Heron writes about the present work,'The flatness of the ground area is v. important. You can only design when the ground is flat and resonant and excitingly empty! I thought both the one with the red flower (Heron illustrates the painting in his letter) and the one with the flat little areas of differentiated colour-scribble on an empty white ground, were excellent' (letter from Patrick Heron to Olga Davenport, hand-written on Eagle's Nest headed paper and dated 1 January 1965).
    Orange Flower was purchased by Davenport's husband, Nicholas Davenport at her sell-out 1969 exhibiton. Nicholas Davenport had first choice of purchase at the exhibition where he also purchased lot 40 and another work entitled Cliffs at Deya.

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    Purchased by Nicholas Davenport at the 1969 exhibition.


    London, Piccadilly Gallery, Olga Davenport, April - May 1969, no. 27.