Lot 652 in this September’s Scottish Contemporary Art Auction is a very large an impressive mixed media by Ethel Walker. The remarkable still life, The Silver Table, showcases the talent that Walker is known for throughout Scotland and far beyond, with a meticulously curated scene and fine details.
Monumental in size, this example is almost certainly the largest and most impressive still life by the artist to appear at auction, anywhere. The earth tones of the drapery and floral arrangement contrast brilliantly against the silver wares on the table, with reflections skilfully rendered in each wine glass, vase and teapot. It is easy to see, from the detail and care taken in every square centimetre of the painting, why Walker is widely considered to be one of the most successful female Scottish painters of her generation.
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