A framed print belonging to a Sutton school is to be included in the Fine Arts Auction in Derby, to help raise money for classroom improvements.
The John Piper print had belonged to the John Willmott school for many years, and was hung in the staff room until 2001. As the artwork is no-longer on display, it was decided to sell it.
Charles Hanson, an expert in antiques and an auctioneer, visited the school to appraise the print. According to Mr Hanson, the piece of art is a lithograph and is number 34 of 50 made by the artist. The collection of 50 prints is called the Venetian Collection, with the school’s artwork being named San Zobenigo.
Hanson appears regularly on national television shows, including Bargain Hunt and Antiques Roadshow. He was also available to assist Y-13 art students who wanted to know more about the valuation of art and how an auction operates.
John Piper, who was born in 1903 and died at the age of 89, is famously known for his paintings based on World War II and his stained glass window designs.
The print was valued at between £600 and £1,000, although it could sell for more at the auction on March, 29th.
Whoever buys the artwork will pay an additional buyer’s premium to the auction house. Perhaps the purchaser may also want to buy an antique cabinet to store the print in securely. A reputable dealer in Blackburn will have a selection of suitable cabinets at a lower price than can usually be gained at auction.
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