Thursday, 14 March 2013

Buy a Bunce

Struggling for an idea for someone's birthday?  Wondering where you can buy a golden work of art from one of the lesser known female Pre-Raphaelite artists?  I have an answer for you, m'dears...

Hill House Antiques and Decorative Arts have this rather splendid Kate Bunce oil in its original tabernacle frame for sale at present.  It shows a courting couple (in possibly 18th century clothes, hard to tell in the image) strolling in a park with a peacock in the foreground. 

I think the frame is the star of this understated but beautiful picture, with the most gorgeous golden display of leaves and berries across the top of the arches.

Musica (1898) Kate Bunce
Kate Bunce is probably best known for Melody (Musica) and a number of her pictures are in Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum.  She was the daughter of John Thackeray Bunce, newspaper proprietor and chairman of the City Art Gallery in Birmingham. She was a prize winning student at the Birmingham School of Art in the 1880’s and was later greatly influenced by the work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones (also from Birmingham). Associate of the Birmingham Society of Artists from 1888 and a founder-member in 1901 of the Birmingham based Society of Painters in Tempera.  Her association with the Birmingham art scene has meant her pictures are considered more decorative rather than being given the weight they possibly deserve. 

It's unusual for Bunce's work to come on the market and so for £6,500 you can buy an oil by a Pre-Raphaelite Sister, and in such an astonishing frame.  If you want more information, contact the lovely people at Hill House, you know, if you have any big birthday's coming up...not that I'm hinting...


  1. Dear Kirsty
    If I had the money, I would definitely buy it. I shall have to make do with my Granny's print of The Golden Stairs (although the frame is just a plain brown one). Of course, if I win the lottery this weekend...
    Best wishes

  2. I can dream, but really I'd never have the money. That is a beautiful painting in a beautiful frame, and there's probably some Victorian Gothic-Revival property somewhere that would be the perfect home for it, but sadly that place is not mine.

  3. Maybe if we all had a whip round? Hmmm, well when I rule the world and we all live in a Pre-Raphaelite commune, we'll have it hanging in the front room, I promise.

  4. Need we wait till you rule the world (though of course that happy day cannot be long in coming)? I have long cherished a fantasy of a retirement home for distressed art historians. A few choice pictures, a decent library, a common room with an open fire and well-stuffed armchairs, cake, of course. Gin. I don't ask for much. We could bicker quietly about abstruse points as we subside gracefully into baffled but thoroughly cultivated senescence.

  5. That sounds fabulous. Let's do that. I'll bring cake and gin.


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