A painting produced by a Norwich artist is due to be sold at auction in the US, as part of a consignment of around 300 possessions belonging to a famous pianist.
The work of art is titled Boats on the River Yare and was painted by Alfred Stannard, who was born in 1806 in Norwich. The auction will be held at Christie’s on 5th March.
The picture is owned by famous pianist Van Cliburn, who gained worldwide recognition at the age of 23 when he won Moscow’s first Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in 1958. There are 18 oil paintings by Stannard housed at the Castle Museum and Art Gallery in Norwich, and it remains to be seen whether or not the gallery will bid for the latest painting to be auctioned.
Alfred Stannard had an older brother, who was an artist, and also had two children who went on to become artists. Stannard lived in Norwich until his death in 1889.
His art is now selling for thousands of pounds, with one of his paintings selling for £5,250 in 2011. The painting owned by Cliburn has been valued between £6,000 and £9,000. Another painting, which had been given a value of up to £6,000, recently sold for £17,500.
The successful bidder of the painting may consider buying an antique chest to store it safely, especially if transporting it back to the UK. Additionally, there is a selection of antique cabinets in Preston that may be suitable for displaying a painting.
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