7th Oct, 2023 13:00 GMT/BST

The Harlequin Sale

  Lot 396


Ablade Glover (b.1934) Ghanaian
Lorry Station
Initialled, dated 2018 verso, oil on canvas, 76cm by 76cm

Ablade Glover was born in 1934 in Accra, Ghana. He began his career by completing a teacher training course which granted him a scholarship to study textiles at London Central School of Art and Design, where he trained to work at a textile factory planned in Ghana. However, with his degree complete and the factory not yet built, he was sent to teach at a local art college instead. This led to a further scholarship which allowed him to study at Newcastle upon Tyne until 1965, where he found his love for the palette knife that features heavily in his works. He continued his education at Kent State University where he was awarded his master’s degree, followed by a PHD from Ohio State University. He then taught for two decades the College of Art in the University of Kumasi, eventually gaining the title of Associate Professor. His artistic style is described as to “[swirl] between abstraction and realism”, typically within urban landscapes.

Sold for £2,500
Estimated at £2,000 - £3,000


Auction: The Harlequin Sale, 7th Oct, 2023

From the Estate of Michael Raw

A single owner sale bursting with colour and design.

Michael Raw was an erudite, compelling, and much-loved history teacher at Sedbergh School, remembered for his charm, warmth, and wit as well as his old-fashioned eccentricities. Michael was educated at Haberdashers School and Queens College, Cambridge and went on to write for the Cambridge Footlights and Not the Nine O’Clock News as well as playing rugby for the Harlequins before dedicating his life to teaching.

The sale comprises African art, sleek Italian, German, and Dutch 20th Century Design furniture inspired by the De Stijl movement by leading names such as Cassina and Fritz Hansen, contemporary ceramics and sculpture by the likes of John Maltby and Merete Rasmussen, contemporary art, rugs, and a whole host of quirky works of art. Vivid colour ties the whole collection together, exemplified by his collection of harlequin themed works of art and textiles inspired by his years playing for the legendary rugby team.


Wednesday 4 October 4pm-7pm, Thursday 5 October - Friday 6 October 10am-4pm, and morning of sale from 8am

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