... the tale of two lots.
In this day and age of instant knowledge I am relieved to find an auction that doesn't know everthing. The lot below containing 5 Hall Thorpe flower print is proof that there is a chance of finding a bargain at auction as these are estimated at only £30-50 !! They are hardly "sleeper" as they are correctly catalogue and not doubt will be found by those who need to know, but at least if you decide to bid you will not be bidding against and un-realistically high reserve price.
A more correct estimate in the right sale would be £250-300 and even that is a little low.
John Hall Thorpe (1874-1947)
A group of 5 woodblock prints
Lot 635 - Knowle Auction Rooms - 10th Sept 2014
Estimate - £30-50 !!!
Although nothing unusual in this group I think this might be a conservative estimate
£10 each would be a steal !!
Yet more Hall Thorpe; with this pair of woodblock prints up for auction at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury. Clearly they have had more experience in selling this artist as the estimate (£150-250) is fair and realistic. These are lotted in their picture sale rather than the Applied Design specialist sale. I don't know whether that will have a significant effect on the hammer price, but they often sell very well when with the art & crafts or art deco funishings that they originally went with.
Lot 727 - Woolley & Wallis - 24th Sept
Estimate - £150-250