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    Self-portrait by William Orpen. (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE A HAMMER PRICE OF £115,000.

    This self portrait by Sir William Orpen is a highlight of Christie’sthree day auction at Cowdray Park, West Sussex, next month.  Famous for his portraits of others (his portrait of Gardenia St. George with Riding Crop sold for £1.98 million at Sotheby’s Irish sale in 2001) Orpen made a number of self-portraits.   He scowls from the frame in The Dead Ptarmigan in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland.
    Self-portrait seated in black was purchased directly from the artist by Mrs. Gertrude Kinnell as a gift for her sister Annie, 1st Viscountess Cowdray, in 1927. It is estimated at £150,000-250,000. The three day sale at Cowdray Park from September 13-15 will offer over 1,000 lots.  Estimates range from £100 to over £250,000 and the sale is expected to realise more than £4 million. It will include works from Cowdray Park, known as the home of polo, and from Dunecht, the Scottish home of Lord Cowdray’s brother, Charles Pearson. On offer is a diverse selection of furniture, art, tapestries, arms, armour, porcelain, glass, textiles, books, manuscripts, silver, clocks, carpets and Oriental art and porcelain

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