Margaret Gere (1878-1965):
The Staffordshire Ornament, circa 1910
Framed (ref: 10886)
Oil on glass in a stepped silver gessoed frame of the artists own design6.7 x 4.8 in. (17 x 12.3 cm)
Provenance: John Redman
Exhibited: Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museums, Margaret Gere Exhibition, catalogue no. B10(i), 21 January - 3 March 1984;
John Redman lived with the Payne and Gere families in their Cotswold home during the 2nd World War from 1940 to 1944. He points out the home was a constant visiting location for a number of important artists and writers including Sir Stanley Spencer, Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf, Sir William Rothenstein, George Bernard Shaw, John Betjeman and many others.
He has collected a comprehensive range of the Payne and Gere families works through a lifetime's friendship with Edward R. Payne (1906-1991), the Payne's second son of three and also an artist. These are well represented by the selection shown in this auction.