Stanley Spencer's Bellrope Meadow beats estimate by 160.7%


2015-06-26 12:52:33


Stanley Spencer's Bellrope Meadow beats estimate by 160.7%

Stanley Spencer's previously unknown Bellrope Meadow sold for $141,510 at Bonhams

Stanley Spencer's (1891-1959) Bellrope Meadow sold for an estimate-smashing 91,250 at Bonhams' 20th Century British and Irish Artauction on May 30.

It was one of three previously undiscovered Spencer landscape paintings of Cookham, the village where the British artist was born and spent much of his life, to sell at the London auction.

Stanley SpencerSpencer's 91,250 Bellrope Meadow

Bellrope Meadow beat its 35,000 estimate by 160.7%.

Black Butts, estimated to achieve 30,000, comfortably surpassed its valuation with a 44,450 performance, while Cookham Reach and Barley Hill sold within estimate for 25,000.

Bellrope Meadow and Black Butts were a gift from Spencer to his older brother Percy. Cookham Reach and Barley Hill was a gift to the wife of a close friend.

The sale is a further indication of the strength of the Spencer market. In June 2011 his Workmen in the House brought 4.74m and The Bathing Pool, Dogs achieved 4.18m.

It is also a reminder of the considerable appeal of freshly discovered works to art buyers.

Matthew Bradbury, the director of Bonhams' 20th century British and Irish Art department,commented: "It is very rare to find unknown paintings by Sir Stanley Spencer".

The auction also featured the 25,000 sale of Paul Henry's A View of Croagh Patrick from Achill Island, while Gerard Dillon's The Moon over the Bog made 61,250.

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