Mary Wondrausch Renowned Surrey Artist And Potter Celebrated At Ewbank's
Contents Of Studio And Home 'Brickfields', Compton, On Sale On April 28
Ewbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction house, is preparing for a special sale of the work of artist and potter Mary Wondrausch, on April 28, including her globally renowned slip-decorated earthenware and paintings.
Wondrausch, who passed away on Boxing Day last year at the age of 93, has strong ties to Surrey having lived in the county for over 50 years, although she was born in Chelsea. She trained at Farnham’s West Surrey College of Art, now the University of Creative Art; and in 1974 went on to set up her own pottery in Godalming in her 40s. Prior to this she worked as a cook and an art teacher.
Chris Ewbank, senior partner and auctioneer, said: “The team and I are expecting great interest from local and international collectors keen to procure a piece of this extraordinary artist’s work; this sale provides them probably with the last chance to do so. A recent exhibition of her work which was on at The Watts Gallery in Compton, sold out very quickly.”
Wondrausch’s work is renowned globally, specifically for her slip-decorated earthenware, some of which is held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and in a myriad of private collections all over the world. She specialised in commemorative wares, for events such as the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, for which she sold ceramics to both Harrods and Liberty of London.
She was awarded the OBE in 2000, when she was recognised for services to the arts, and was an honorary fellow of the Craft Potters' Association.
Despite being now known predominantly for her pottery, Wondrausch was an accomplished painter. In her early career, she created huge collage paintings, and more recently she turned again to concentrate on her painting.
The sale on April 28 will include over 100 lots of pottery and over 150 lots of her paintings, plus items of furniture from her house which were distinctively hand-painted by her in Bloomsbury style.
Highlights of her artwork on sale include a gouache painting (33cm by 90cm) of a jugs on a window sill looking out to a sandy beach, entitled the Vauban Fort, which carries a pre-sale estimate of £300 and £500. It had been one of her favourites and hung prominently in her home
Other works include a gouache painting (66cm by 90cm) of the inside of a circus tent, which has been valued at £300-500, and a painting in gouache and collage depicting a vase of summer flowers (89cm by 49cm), has an estimate of between £400 and £600. Both are in the artist’s frames original painted frames.
Among the many pottery lots is a commemorative charger in traditional slipware design, marking the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. It is valued at between £100 and £200 and measures 45.5cm diameter. It is labelled for Wharf Pottery.
Wondrausch was an avid collector and had a keen interest in folk art from around the world but particularly pottery made in a traditional style. Her collections are also on sale at Ewbank’s, and include a broad range of ceramics, kitchenalia and bygones and textiles.
More of Wondrausch’s outdoor collection will be going under the hammer on May 11 in Ewbank’s garden auction, including chimneys, and terracotta pots.
Live internet bidding through www.theauctionroom.com and Ewbank’s live bidding platform will be available. These platforms give online buyers the opportunity to participate in sales at no extra cost, giving them savings of up to 6% over other commercial live bidding platforms.
If you have items to consign for sale in any future auctions, please get in touch with Ewbank’s for advice on the process. Call 01483 223101 or email email@example.com. Alternatively, just call in Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm at the Burnt Common Auction Rooms, just off the A3 near Guildford. There is plenty of parking on site.
• Ewbank’s is delighted to be sponsoring ‘The Art of Sidney Sime, Artist and Philosopher Exhibition of paintings at The Lightbox in Woking from 15 April to 28 May. Sime lived in Worplesdon, just outside Guildford, for more than 30 years. For further information please visit www.thelightbox.org.uk.