£50,000 tag on abstract view of a Cornish harbour
An internationally-acclaimed artist's painting of a Cornish harbour could fetch £50,000 at an upcoming auction.
Cornishman Paul Fieler's abstract work of art is part of a private fine art collection of 20th Century British, Newlyn and St Ives pictures and sculptures being sold by Exeter auctioneer's Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood next month.
The oil painting simply entitled Cornish Harbour was first exhibited in 1953 and now has an estimated value of between £30,000 and £50,000.
Mr Fieler was a prominent member of the influential St Ives School of art – established in the historic Porthmeor studios at the centre of the town's artists' quarter in 1938.
Daniel Goddard, head of the auctioneer's picture department, said: "Painter Ben Nicholson visited St Ives in 1928 and discovered untutored artist and fisherman Alfred Wallis painting in a primitive, and naïve style. The St Ives School was influential in the direction British painting went in the 20th century."
The painting's slate grey, black, white and yellow palette was one Mr Fieler explored extensively in the early 1950s.