'A Small Masque of Old Pantalone' by Alfred Cohen – £2300 at Gerrards.

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Although trained in his native Chicago, he was awarded a fellowship to study in continental Europe in 1949 and settled in London in 1960. His exhibitions at the Ben Uri gallery in 1858 and at the Obelisk Gallery in 1960 were the first of nine one-man exhibitions in London.

Cohen’s 1963 exhibition of Commedia dell’arte works at the Brook Street Gallery was among his most successful and, according to the gallery labels verso, was the source of this 14 x 16in (35 x 38cm) oil on board titled A Small Masque of Old Pantalone.

Dated 1963, it came for sale at Gerrards (20% buyer’s premium) of Lytham St Annes on December 22 with a guide of just £40-60 but did rather better, bringing £2300.