Do you ever wonder what will become of all those precious, long-researched and fought-over auction purchases when you shuffle off to that big saleroom in the sky?
Who will inherit your eclectic collection of objets d’art or, as my husband lovingly refers to it, ‘tat’?
Offspring?..unlikely. Friends?..possibly. The charity shop? ..probably. It is not a question that will dog the former Radio 4 journalist Tim Sayer, who has bequeathed his sizeable and impressive art collection to The Hepworth Wakefield. While it would be an odd museum that would want to be left my collection, this is not the case with Tim.
Unlike many in the art world, Tim has never bought a piece judged on its investment potential. And, while his collection does contain some of the biggest names in 20th-century art, it was built on works that “make you think and appeal to heart and head”. Tate director, Nicolas Serota, said of it: “The collection reflects the discriminating eye of a person of modest means, whose passion for art took precedence over holidays.” It’s an incredible collection, have a look on page 37.
Whereas Tim’s collection is diverse in the extreme, on page 12, we narrow the field and go behind the scenes of one of the country’s leading collectors of Wemyss ware – George Bellamy. The sheer scope of Wemyss ware – ranging from supine pigs to cabbage rose vases – means there is something for every collector to like.
Interestingly enough some of the best designers of Wemyss ware were female, which leads us neatly to the feature on page 30, regarding the underrepresentation of women in the art world. Paul Liss, from Liss Llewellyn, a gallery known to champion women artists, gives a unique insight into seven female painters who deserve greater recognition.
Continuing the controversy, on page 66 Antiques Roadshow specialist Marc Allum gives his view on the thorny issue of pre-sale estimates. You won’t want to miss it.
GeorginaGeorgina Wroe, Editor
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This portrait of a lady, oil on canvas, circle of Edward Wolfe (1897-1982) which has an estimate of
£400-£600 at Olympia
Auctions’ sale on
FIRST WORD IN THIS ISSUE
GEORGE BELLAMY opens up his collection of Wemyss ware, page 12
PAUL FRASER considers Moon landing memorabilia, page 28
MAX FISHER on the sale of Desmond Morris’s paintings, page 40
MARC ALLUM takes on pre-sale auction estimates, page 66
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