Lot 538: Eaton (Charles Henry, 1885-1963). An archive of studio materials, ephemera, and other belongings, including two medals issued to Charles Eaton by the Incorporated Institue of British Decorators and Interior Designers, one awarded in 1963 for 'meritorious service' (the first time such a medal had been awarded for thirty years), and three enamel badges, a large wall-mounted mahogany glass cabinet containing approximately thirty mounted paint brushes of various shapes and sizes, 85.5 x 75cm (33.75 x 29.5ins), a box of twenty-four large paint brushes, thirty-five small paint brushes, and a roller, a smaller box containing various artist's tools, a quantity of lantern slides for teaching, a black wool suit with tailcoat and waistcoat, and additional pair of trousers, a pair of black leather gloves, a silver-cased watch with hallmarks for Birmingham 1847, together with hallmarked silver watch chain with graduated links, and silver vesta case with hallmarks for Birmingham 1906, engraved with Eaton's monogram, a cigarette case containing four cigarettes and cigarette pouch with roller, a plaster pipe holder in the shape of seven monks (one lacking), and a box of seals and wax, together with a quantity of ephemeral items, including Charles Eaton's passport and will, photographs of him, his family, students, and studio, certificates, etc.. Provenance: The vendor is the god-daughter and a cousin of Lilian Eaton, Charles Eaton's daughter, who was a scientist. Charles Eaton was a decorative artist and lecturer, who taught at the Northern Polytechnic for thirty-one years. He was instrumental in raising the standard of learning there so that it became the first school whose course was recognised by the Institute of British Decorators & Interior Designers, of which Eaton was Director from 1954 to 1955. He was also Chairman of the London & General District Incorporated Institute of British Decorators, President of the Association of Painting Craft Teachers in 1958, Fellow of the Institute of British Decorators & Interior Designers and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Charles Eaton's retirement from the Northern Polytechnic was marked by a dinner in 1950, and 'The Journal of Decorative Art' reported: "'The Maestro' had been asked to bring six friends of his own choosing, and so his daughter, Miss Lilian Eaton, who appeared to know the 'old boys' was there to witness the tributes paid to one of the most conscientous teachers who ever graced the profession." (an archive)
Dominic Winter's Antiques & Fine Art Auction October 2015
Thursday, 15th October 2015
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