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392Bell (Vanessa, 1879-1961) 'Charlotte Brontë', plate design for Kenneth Clark, 1932

Bell (vanessa

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Bell (Vanessa, 1879-1961) 'Charlotte Brontë', plate design for Kenneth Clark, 1932, watercolour over graphite, heightened with white, on wove paper, signed and titled lower centre, diameter: 255 mm. (10 in.), horizontal crease to upper quarter, pin hole in centre, minor even browning, light surface dirt, [1932].

Provenance:
Abbot & Holder, London (label on reverse);
From whom acquired by the present owner.

⁂ The present work was a design for the large dinner service commissioned by Kenneth Clark in 1932-33, from the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. The theme was "Famous Women" and ranged from Sappho to Greta Garbo. Another example of a design by Bell for a plate from the dinner service, illustrating Queen Christina of Sweden, is held in the Victoria & Albert museum (see: acc. no. E.1052-1992). Spink held an exhibition in 1991, which also featured six other examples from the dinner service, including portraits of George Eliot and Elizabeth Tudor, amongst others (see: Spink, Duncan Grant & Vanessa Bell: Design and Decoration 1910-1960, 1991, nos. 64 to 69.

Full Lot Details

⁂ Please note, the estimate of this lot has changed ⁂

Bell (Vanessa, 1879-1961) 'Charlotte Brontë', plate design for Kenneth Clark, 1932, watercolour over graphite, heightened with white, on wove paper, signed and titled lower centre, diameter: 255 mm. (10 in.), horizontal crease to upper quarter, pin hole in centre, minor even browning, light surface dirt, [1932].

Provenance:
Abbot & Holder, London (label on reverse);
From whom acquired by the present owner.

⁂ The present work was a design for the large dinner service commissioned by Kenneth Clark in 1932-33, from the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. The theme was "Famous Women" and ranged from Sappho to Greta Garbo. Another example of a design by Bell for a plate from the dinner service, illustrating Queen Christina of Sweden, is held in the Victoria & Albert museum (see: acc. no. E.1052-1992). Spink held an exhibition in 1991, which also featured six other examples from the dinner service, including portraits of George Eliot and Elizabeth Tudor, amongst others (see: Spink, Duncan Grant & Vanessa Bell: Design and Decoration 1910-1960, 1991, nos. 64 to 69.