Lot 37: Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)
20th Century British Art including Property from The Reader's Digest Association Inc.
November 19, 2004
London, United Kingdom
Still life with a glass jar and an open book
signed with initials 'VB' (lower right)
oil on canvas
21 1/2 x 15 in. (54.6 x 38.1 cm.)
Painted circa 1955.
Ethel Sands was a pivotal figure in English cultural society, whose genius was in being the ultimate hostess. Her wide circle of friends included the coteries of Bloomsbury and Chelsea; it was at Miss Sand's that Lytton Strachey met George Moore and Gertrude Stein, and Virginia Woolf met Arnold Bennett.
An artist herself, her homes were the epitome of good taste. In 1927 Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant designed the loggia at the Château d'Auppegard, near Offranville, outside Dieppe, the 17th Century château which Ethel Sands and her friend Nan Hudson had restored to its original condition.
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis
with Agnews, London.
Miss Ethel Sands, her sale; Christie's, London, 12 June 1970, lot 4.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 2 May 1991, lot 31, where purchased by the present owner.
Artist or Maker: Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)