LONDON.- Sotheby’s sale of Victorian and Edwardian
Art on Thursday, December 17, 2009 will bring together some 100 works by leading
artists of the era and is expected to raise in excess of £4.2 million.
Among the categories of works to be offered will be a strong contingent of
classical, mythological, genre, landscape and fairy pictures. The sale will
include a quintessential work by Charles Spencelayh (1865-1958). Considered his
masterpiece, The Old Dealer (The Old Curiosty Shop) was immensely popular at the
time of its exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1925. The subject is a purveyor
of antiques surrounded by a vast array of objects. Such was the appeal of the
bric-a-brac on display that Spencelayh was inundated with letters from admirers
enquiring about whether they might be able to purchase the items on view.
Estimated at £250,000-350,000, the painting was reproduced on the front cover of
the monograph on the artist published in 1978.