Lot # 5: "El Mirador - The Seventh Hole" Original Valderrama for 1997 Ryder Cup, by Bill Waugh & Signed by Robert Trent Jones

Category: Art Work, Photos

Starting Bid: $350.00

Bids: 7 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Summer 2021",
which ran from 7/7/2021 12:00 PM to
7/24/2021 8:00 PM

Valderrama Golf Club on Spain's Costa Del Sol, was the home of the 1997 Ryder Cup.  This spectacular course is considered to be one of the absolute best in continental Europe.  To prepare for the 1997 Ryder Cup, club owner Jamie Ortiz-Patino commissioned Bill Waugh, an international golf artist of considerable repute, to execute paintings of each hole on the course.  The paintings were completed and hung in the Valderrama clubhouse in time for the Ryder Cup. Within a few months after Patino's passing in 2012, his estate sold off many of the treasures Patino had collected, including the original Bill Waugh 1997 Ryder Cup watercolors. The painting offered here is one of those watercolors.

Titled "El Mirador - The Seventh Hole", this work is so marked front and center across the bottom of the mat bordering the image.  The painting depicts the seventh hole, with its idyllic setting that includes much of the countryside in the distance (hence its name "El Mirador" - The Looker). The image itself measures 19 1/2" wide by 12" tall, including the gorgeous gold leaf frame, the entire piece measures  27 1/4" wide by 20" tall. The frame uses musuem UV glass so sunlight or any other light will never fade the rich and vibrant colors no matter where this image is displayed.  The artist, Bill Waugh, has signed and dated the bottom left corner of the painting.  The course designer, Robert Trent Jones, has signed the bottom center of the painting. 

The mat itself is a thing of beauty that was created entirely by the hand of Waugh. The Ryder Cup Logo is hand-painted in the center at the bottom of the mat, and includes "Ryder Cup 1997, Valderrama," written in gold ink by hand. The mat's three sets of gold border lines and light blue wash have also been executed by hand, and to exacting perfection. During the Victorian era, mount making involved three tradesmen: the mount cutter, the colored wash man, and the gold liner. Waugh learned to do all these skill himself and beautifully so.   

This is a substantial and beautiful work of art executed to the nines!

The auctioneer has it on good authority that Mr. Patino paid £4000 for each of the Ryder Cup 18 watercolors depicting the 18 holes at Valderamma.  The opening bid is just a fraction of the original price. And while these watercolors did not come cheap, they are absolutely brilliant when viewed in person. No mistake about that. 

When describing the artist, Neil Macleod Prints & Enterprises wrote, "Bill Waugh has established himself as one of Golf's major international artists. Among his clients he can name many of the game's elite including Steve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Gary Player and a couple of U.S. Presidents. His special skill is depicting famous courses and their clubhouses in beautiful watercolors and oils. Such is his prowess that apart from his special commissions he has produced work for the Open, the U.S. Open, the Ryder Cup and famous clubs around the world."

But there is more to the story of Bill Waugh. Both the UK and Japanese Royal Families own his work. His paintings hang in the USGA's Bobby Jones Room in Far Hills, New Jersey, and at the R&A in St. Andrews.  Throughout the course of his career he has worked with several companies including Disney and Garrard's, the famous London Jeweler.  The book "Walking the Fairways with Golf Artist Bill Waugh," published by Grant Book in the UK in 2008, includes 51 full or double-page reproductions of Waugh's paintings that celebrate the beauty found in the game of golf. 



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