Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Tales from ebay: Mabel Royd's 'Knife grinders'


And if you fancy a nice Mabel Royds, here is one that is worth buying. It's on US ebay at a buy-it-now price of $595 which is about £375. Not exactly an auction starting price but pretty good for a shop price because this one looks like a little stunner. You have intense colours set off against her decadent pale green. It's too much on the drawings but subtle here. The pale pink background is particualrly well-judged. And, as I've said before, Royd's surfaces can be stunning and this one looks forward to the outburst of brilliance that was her flower prints. The small boy standing in for the viewer is such a nice touch. Charles Bartlett, move over.

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  1. If I were a rich man tadadada tadadada tadadadum. This one realy is a stunner.

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  2. Gerrie, you can well afford it without being rich.

    It's a good photograph, which helps, and probably a strong unfaded impression. The woman's sari in particular is a striking saffron. It also acts as a corrective to all those people who like to expose prints to dirt and light by framing them.

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  3. Lovely, sensitive use of colour and wonderful composition.

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  4. All very true, Matt. Unfortunately, the praise the print has been receiving from all of us has put its price up by $100!

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