Works by Phoebe Anna Traquair Exceed All Expectations at Bonhams Scottish Sale

Works by the pioneering Scottish woman artist Phoebe Anna Traquair far exceeded expectations to sell for a total of £109,479 at Bonhams Scottish sale in Edinburgh yesterday (14 October). Reverie sold for £21,313 having been estimated at £1,000-1,500; and Portrait of a Girl sold for £20,063 against an estimate of £1,000-1,500.

Bonhams Picture Specialist in Edinburgh, May Matthews, said: "Phoebe Anna Traquair holds a unique place in the history of Scottish culture. She was the first major woman artist in modern Scotland, and, in 1920, became the first woman to be elected to the Royal Scottish Academy. Traquair's work rarely comes up at auction, and collectors responded enthusiastically to the chance to acquire one of these beautiful works."

Other highlights included:

Boy and Sheep. The picture relates to Traquair's Shepherd Boy, in the National Galleries of Scotland. It was painted in the same year – 1891 – using the same- sized canvas, with possibly the same view in the background. Sold for £10,063 (Estimate: £2,000-3,000).
Morning, an enamelled metal plaque, arched top, surrounded by a copper frame dating from 1914. Sold for £5,313. (Estimate: £2,000-3,000).
Angels. Signed and dated 1900 and inscribed 'heads from the Catholic Apostolic Church'. Sold for £5,688. Estimate: £1,200-1,800.

The Scottish Sale as a whole made a total of £689,376.

Among the highlights were two paintings by the Fife artist Jack Vettriano.

Scarlet Ribbons, Lovely Ribbons sold for £93,813 (estimate £50,000-70,000).
Ae Fond Kiss sold for £52,563 (estimate £15,000-20,000).

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