These two quite different lots were for sale at two different sales yesterday, and I had an interest in both. The two white ladies is unsigned and in a naive style by an C19th unknown English artist. It sold at Bonhams for GBP5,000.
A pair of Chinese School C19th pictures were sold at Doyle's in New York yesterday for a heady USD15,000.
I was quite taken with the two English ladies, but the interest was superseded by the Chinese ladies. I have been lamenting the runaway prices for art of this genre, and this lot was no exception. I was rather hoping for a bit of auctioneering luck, but their obvious beauty was acknowledged by the winner, and I was quite easily outbid. Spotting sleepers is becoming quite a task, so no sleeping beauties here, sadly.