Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pooh Visiting in Owl's Parlour

This Winnie-the-Pooh drawing by E. H. Shepard will be sold on September 20 at the Modern Pictures and Sculpture sale at Bonhams in Knightsbridge.  The figure of Pooh, of course, is quite endearing, and it's just possible this color drawing could sell for considerably more than the £6,000 - £8,000 estimate.  It's proved a bit of a hard piece to move though, as Owl is not nearly so charming. Indeed, this is Bonhams fourth attempt since 2007 to find a new home for the drawing.  Over that time, the estimate has dropped from £20,000-30,000 to the comparatively anemic £6,000-8,000. I believe its time has come.

Ernest Howard Shepard (British, 1879-1976)
Pooh visiting in Owl's parlour
Lot No: 227
Ernest Howard Shepard (British, 1879-1976)
Pooh visiting in Owl's parlour
pen and ink and coloured pencil
10.5 x 12cm (4 1/8 x 4 3/4in).
Estimate: £6,000 - 8,000, €6,800 - 9,100

September 20, 2011: Unsold. I'm at a loss.

With Chris Beetles, London;
Private collection.

London, Chris Beetles Limited, The Illustrators: The British Art of Illustration 1800-1992 28th November - 23rd December 1992, no. 435

A A Milne, Winnie-The-Pooh (Methuen, 1926).

Ernest Howard Shepard (British, 1879-1976)
Pooh visiting in Owl's parlour

Note:  I last discussed a Pooh drawing here.


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