James Stroudley

English (1906-1988)

Study for the Games (Triptych)

$1,000 - $2,000

Current bid: $500

graphite on paper

sight (rectangular): 34 1/8 x 43 inches

sight (arched): 38 1/4 x 28 5/8 inches

group of three studies on paper

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Frame Information

frame dimensions (rectangular): 37 3/4 x 46 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches,

frame dimensions (arched): 42 1/8 x 31 1/8 x 1 3/4 inches,

wood frame with glazing

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Property from the Collection of Seymour Stein

Purchased from Sotheby's 'Modern British and Irish Art,' London, 19 May 2004, lot 92


arched study: horizontal and vertical folding seams with gentle creasing, area of round creasing to center, some tears to rightmost bottom figure, scattered foxing, black-tone blemish to upper right side, some other areas of soiling, hinge tape visible to upper left side, areas of toning

rectangular studies: of similar condition, each with general toning and light soiling, each with folding seams (one with round crease to center), gentle undulations particularly to corners, some foxing

Selections from the Collection of

Seymour Stein

Seymour Stein is a native New Yorker, entrepreneur and legendary music executive. Starting his career as a teenager, he worked for Billboard magazine and interned at King Records in Cincinnati. In his lengthy career he co-founded Sire Records in 1966 with Richard Gottehrer and worked as Vice President of Warner Bros. Records. Stein is best known for signing Madonna; however, he also signed iconic bands like The Smiths, The Ramones, Talking Heads, The Undertones and Depeche Mode, in which he kick-started a new era of punk/new wave music in the 1970s & ‘80s. In 2005 Stein was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame under the life-time achievement category and in 2016 he was awarded the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

While traveling as a young man through Europe for business, Stein developed an enthusiasm for early 20th century art. Beginning in the 1970s, wherever he went, he sought out antique stores, art fairs, and major auction houses, shipping items back to the home from all over the world. In 2003, Sotheby’s held The Collecting Eye of Seymour Stein, showcasing his interest in “Art Deco furniture and porcelain, metalwork and glassware, European Symbolist and Pre-Raphaelite paintings” (Toll, 2018). Other works from his famous collection were also included in Sotheby’s 2018 Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art. 

Ceramics from his Asian Art collection were highlights of Capsule’s 2021 Asian Art auction, and upcoming sales will feature additional Fine Art, Furniture, Ceramics and more from his extensive holdings.

Title: Seymour Stein / Collection
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