Unseen Colourist canvases see the light after 90 years

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TWO works by the Scottish Colourist FCB Cadell, buried in private collections for nearly nine decades, are to be sold next week, and are expected to fetch more than £500,000.

Tulips and The Red Plate, which date from a controversial period in the painter's career just after the First World War, were painted at Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell's home at 6 Ainslie Place in Edinburgh, where he lived from 1920 to 1932 and produced some of his most stylish works.

The Red Plate, an oil on panel thought to have been painted in about 1920, is being offered for 225,000. Cadell gave it to his sister Jean in the early 1920s when his career was going well and has remained with her descendants until now.

Tulips, priced at 325,000, was bought from the artist by his dealer AJ McNeill Reid in 1921, and was then acquired by the latter's family, with whom it has stayed since.

Both paintings are among the highlights of The Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair, which takes place in London from 11-17 June.

They will be exhibited at the fair by Portland Gallery.

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