Record prices achieved at Art and Design from 1860 sale

'Joseph's Dream' sells for £60,000

Cheffins Art & Design from 1860 auction saw some excellent  prices achieved across the board but most especially this was noted amongst women artists in the sale.


Evelyn Mary Dunbar (British 1906-1960) ‘Joseph’s Dream’ sold for £60,000. During World War 2 Dunbar was the only woman artist to receive a salary for commissions, depicting civilian contributions to the war effort on the Home Front. This painting demonstrates her strong religious beliefs as a Christian Scientist and would have been a very popular choice for the Cambridgeshire Education Committee who would have viewed the work as a morally educational painting and therefore chose it for their school’s education collection.

From the same collection a record price was also achieved for Ellen Lucy ‘Tirzah’ Garwood (later Mrs Eric Ravilious) (British 1908-1951) ‘Nathaniel and Patsy, two donkeys in a stable with chickens’, which made £24,000. Tirzah Garwood was a wood engraver, painter and model maker. This painting was amongst one of the last paintings she completed before she died in 1951. 

Other records from this collection included Enid Marx (British 1902-1998) ‘Tiger Tiger’, Sold for £4,400 and Nan Youngman OBE (British 1906-1995), ‘The sleeping cat’ sold for £650.

Other highlights included Charles Ginner, CBE, ARA (British/French 1878-1952) ‘Little Venice, London’, which finally made £38,000. A small Picasso sketch of his muse form 1956, Sylvette David and her fiancé Tobias Jellinek, also attracted much attention and sold for £10,000.    

Cheffins next Art & Design from 1860 auction will be held 12th October 2017 and entries will close on 1st September 2017. All email enquiries should be addressed to our Fine Art team or for press enquiries please contact Public Relations Manager (Fine Art) Lisa Freeman-Bassett.



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