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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
An auction of ornithological art and artefacts which is taking place at Aylsham in September is attracting interest from bird-lovers throughout the UK and beyond.
Oils, watercolours, prints and sculptures, along with quality taxidermy and bird-related books, will go under the hammer at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers on Friday September 6.
The sale includes:
■three watercolours by top ornithological artist Archibald Thorburn, including a painting of a bustard (estimate of £5,500-£6,500)
■a painting by famous wildlife artist Sir Peter Scott, who lived in Long Sutton (£1,500)
■15 paintings by Ludham artist Colin Burns
■a metal sculpture of a cormorant by Hilborough artist Harriet Mead, current President of the Society of Wildlife Artists (£600-£800)
■six stuffed birds by Victorian Norwich master taxidermist T.E.Gunn including a bittern (£800-£1,000)
Keys’ first specialist ornithological sale was drawing huge interest, according to fine art valuer Kevin Lines.
“The idea has really struck a chord, and we have had bird-lovers and wildlife enthusiasts registering interest for some time now.
“With taxidermy by some of the top Victorian practitioners, many of them from Norfolk, and paintings and sculpture by leading wildlife artists, this is a sale that is going to appeal to anyone who is interested in birds.”
The auction takes place on Friday September 6. Viewing is on the Wednesday from 9am-6pm, Thursday from 9am-7.30pm, and from 8.30am on the morning of the sale. Details, and a downloadable catalogue, are available at www.keysauctions.co.uk.