Roseberys the fine art auction house in London has secured the sale for 'Pony' by Patrick Caulfield to the market for the first time. To mark the sale of the picture The English Wine Collection is pleased to be providing the finest Sparkling wines for the event. In preparation of the sale we had a chat with Ian Cadzow who is the director of the company.
Hi Ian, welcome to The English Wine Collection’s interview feature. Could you provide some background on yourself, how did you get involved with the fine art world and Roseberys? What’s the story behind Roseberys, How did the company get going?
In the late 70s a friend, who is in the art business, suggested I approach my local saleroom for a job, and that was Phillips in Edinburgh in 1979. In the early 1980s I moved to Sotheby’s and then in 1987 took the ambious step and started Roseberys which started off selling general art and antiques. Our first sale was in premises in Islington on Roseberys Avenue; hence the name! In search of more space we moved to South London, where we are to this day, in a converted sweet factory.
The up and coming sale of ‘Pony’ by Patrick Caulfield must be creating some excitement. How did the piece end up with Roseberys?
Roseberys are thrilled to be offering this piece to the market for the first time. It was purchased by the vendors family directly from the artist and it is a very exciting project to be involved in. We have known of the painting for many years and when the family decided to offer it for sale we were pleased to have been able to provide them with the quality of service they were looking for.
Roseberys are able to offer a very tailored service to clients who have high value specialist pieces and we have the ability to focus maximum marketing efforts and a bespoke campaign for these pieces in order to highlight them in the marketplace.
When did you first hear about English Wine?
I am interested in wine in general, and English wines have been much heralded in recent years; it has been fascinating to see how the market has grown and developed over recent years. There are many more producers now and it is great to be able to visit vineyards at the weekend. The English Wine Collection is an excellent market place bringing together the producers and providing advise to buyers.
Have you tried many English wines, if so please tell us where this was and your thoughts?
Yes, actually I have tried a few. Mostly sparkling; the first one I have encountered was Chapel Down, and Nyetimber is also a favourite. And some rose. We were recently served Camel Valley wines at a wedding and the sparkling rose was delicious, it adds another dimension to a trip to Cornwall.
Do you have a favourite wine?
I am fan of traditional Burgundy’s.
What would be the perfect meal to pair with your favourite wine?
I would say duck with a Burgundy.
What are your and Roseberys plans for the future?
The sale of Modern and Contemporary British art is to be sold on the 26thSeptember, it is representative of the direction Rosebery’s have taken and we intend to hold more of this type of specialist curated sale. We are not limited to paintings and hold specialist auctions in areas as diverse as Asian and Islamic art, 20th century Design, Jewellery, to name a few.