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Auctioneer Harrison Goldman with Luis Matania (son of the late Franco).

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Born in Naples, Franco Matania (1922-2016) was a pupil of his uncle, the famous artist and illustrator Fortunino Matania (1881-1963) noted for his realistic portrayal of First World War trench warfare.

Franco came to the UK in 1934 and set up home and studio in Maida Vale, north London.


The late artist Franco Matania.

This location is very near to Dawsons' London office in Hampstead and Franco’s son, Luis contacted the auction house to consign.   

Dawsons’ auctioneer Harrison Goldman said the sale is “a chance to own a work direct from the Matania studio as well as rare chances to own part of the artists’ archive such as photograph albums of all his finished works as well as many exhibition leaflets and newspaper cuttings”.

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A selection of lots in the sale including Franco’s used palettes and a still life which won the Pastel Society Award in 1984.

Items included in the sale are finished pictures as well as items such as artist pallets and knives and brushes.

The Matania Studio sale will be held on September 9.