DESPITE falling stocks, banks freezing and now top-end contemporary art taking a tumble, Samuel John Peploe's (1871-1935) Roses sold at £440,000 hammer to a UK private buyer at Christie's Scottish art sale in Edinburgh. With premium included, this was a record for a Scottish Colourist, although not a hammer record.

Roses by Samuel John Peploe sold for £440,000 hammer at ChristieÕs Scottish art sale in Edinburgh.

Offered on October 23, it had everything going for it - date, colours, composition and condition.

From c.1922, the 18 x 16in (46 x 41cm) oil on canvas was deemed to be a highly assured composition with the attractive and bright colours that buyers prefer.

It was part of the collection formed by J.W. Blythe, one of the main patrons of the Scottish Colourists, and was sold privately by his descendants 18 months ago to another private collector who was the consignor here.

The buyer's premium was 25/20/12 per cent.

By Alex Capon