Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Around the House - more Hall Thorpe

.... following last weeks review of auction lots. Here are a few more, including 2 more woodcuts by John Hall Thorpe.


Lot 1459 - "Bunch of Buttercup"
although they look to me to be cowslips or primrose ?
McTear's - The British and International Pictures Auction
Estimate - £100-200


John Hall Thorpe RBA, Australian/British 1874-1947- "The Open Gate"; 
woodblock print in colours, signed and titled in pencil, 37x28cm


Arthur Ridgen Read, British (1879-1955) - "The Sweep"; 
woodcut, signed, titled, numbered 7/50 and dated 1924
also at Rosebery's - Lot 385 est £150-200


John Buckland-Wright (1897-1954)
 "Bord du Lac" dated 1931 and numbered 27/30 in pencil, 
also at Rosebery's


Allen Williams Seaby 1867-1953 - Cockerel
Lot 251 est £50-80


Elizabeth Keith (1887-1956).
Street Scene, Soochow, 1924
Dominic Winter Auctions Two Day Sale  Lot 139 Est £300-500

.... and suddenly there are Hall Thorpe woodcuts all over the place, another 2 this week. The cowslips look good, perhaps some fading to the pink/mauve (or blue?). However the "Open Gate" has considerable discolouration. "Untouched" just like some dealers and collectors prefer.

My favourite is the Rigden Read, 2 years ago I would not have shared this one with you and gone all out to buy it for stock. Not now though - it's still the best of this selection and needs to find a good home. The Seaby seems to have a very fair estimate and will sell well. Not one I have seen and I like this format where he presents a close up partial view of the subject. Far better than the small grouse over large landscape.

Again -- good luck if bidding and remember to ask for a detailed condition report from the auctioneers. 
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