Michael Howard Theater Collection stars $6,500 Tempest painting

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2015-06-26 13:00:45

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Michael Howard Theater Collection stars $6,500 Tempest painting

A Chinese glass painting depicting Shakespeare's The Tempest has sold 30% above estimate

A Chinese painting, depicting Shakespeare's The Tempest, has beaten its estimate by 30% at the Theater Collection sale of US actor and theatre director Michael Howard.

The reverse painting on glass, produced during the early 19th century after a work by English portrait painter George Romney (1734-1802), sold for $6,500 against a $5,000 valuation.

Chinese reverse glass Tempest paintingA Chinese work on glass ofThe Tempest up 30% on estimate

The October 6 sale in Boston starred an array of theatrical material collected by Howard over the course of 60 years.

A late 19th century Thomas Hicks painting of Edwin Booth in his famous role of Iago from Shakespeare's Othello sold for $5,000, while a circa 1690 French needlework sampler of the Italian form of masked theatre known as the Commedia dell'Arte, depicting the characters of Il Dottore, Harlequin and Scaramouche, sold for $3,750.

A portrait of David Garrick, produced by Joseph Blackburn in the 18th century, achieved $2,000, and a 1798 needlework sampler containing Shakespearean verse sold for $950.

"I think collecting is somewhere in my DNA," said Howard prior to the sale, who was a key figure in the off-Broadway movement of the 1950s.

"Throughout my adult life, my collection focused on actors, acting, and the history of both.

Michael Howard Theater CollectionA c.1690 French needlework sampler depicting the Commedia dell'Arte made $3,750

"Like many other collectors, I recognise profoundly that I have been a caretaker of these objects large and small; my private pleasure is in restoring, repairing and museum matting as many as I can - no matter their significance. I hope another will find as much joy in them as I have."

The theatre memorabilia sector is much smaller than its big screen counterpart but can be no less rewarding.

We have this autographed photograph of Laurence Olivier available to buy today.

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