Selected Works from Hertfordshire County Council Go Under the Hammer

March 16th, 2019 by markflynn

Cambridge auction house to sell off part of county council art collection but it’s not Cambridgeshire’s – that went under the hammer years ago

The sale – dubbed ‘The Curated Eye’ – Selected Works from Hertfordshire County Council – will include many of collection’s 20th century pieces.

According to the auctioneers, a pastel work from the Scottish artist Joan Eardley is expected to sell for between £12,000 and £18,000.

‘Blue Plate’ by Edinburgh School artist Anne Redpath has an estimate of between £10,000 and £15,000. The sale is on March 21 with advance viewing days.

Cllr Terry Douris, the county council’s cabinet member for education, libraries and localism, said it was “the sensible thing to do”.

He said 60 per cent of the art collection was in storage and not available to the public so it made sense to get a good return for taxpayers.

The county council began buying artworks in the collection in 1949, so they could be loaned to schools across the county.

Over the years it grew into an extensive collection of public art, including works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and John Nash, with a value that has been estimated at up to £26.2million.

The four most valuable sculptures in the collection, with an estimated value of £21.86million, have not been earmarked for disposal.

Four years ago Cambridgeshire County Council unloaded its entire 400 or so paintings built up over nearly 70 years as part of its children’s collection.

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