Sale 20BP01 | Lot 66

POTTER, BEATRIX Mrs. Rabbit buttoning Peter's Coat.

Catalogue: Rare Books, Autographs & Maps featuring the Mary K. Young Collection
POTTER, BEATRIX  Mrs. Rabbit buttoning Peter's Coat.

Lot Details

Lot 66
POTTER, BEATRIX Mrs. Rabbit buttoning Peter's Coat.
Watercolor on silk after the illustration in Peter Rabbit, circa 1901-1905. 5 inches round (13 cm); the full sheet of silk 6 x 6 inches (15.5. x 15.5 cm); Framed. The image area fine excepting one faint spot in the white area, the extremities under the mat lightly toned and with a few spots

Provenance: Sotheby's New York, 18 June 1987, lot 155; purchased by Justin Schiller, Ltd. on behalf of Mary K. Young

Exhibited: Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit: A Centenary Celebration from the Collection of Grolier Club Members, The Grolier Club, New York, 14 November 2001-11 January 2002

"Now run along, and don't get into any mischief. I am going out" is what Mrs. Rabbit says to her son Peter as she buttons his coat in the opening pages of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and present here is recreation of that published drawing. Contemporary watercolors and drawings depicting the characters from Potter's most beloved book are rare and infrequent at auction. The present example was sold in 1987 and is distinct from a group of later drawings prepared in 1927 to raise money for the National Trust.

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C The Mary K. Young Collection

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Sold for $43,750 (includes buyer's premium)

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Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
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Rare Books, Autographs & Maps featuring the Mary K. Young Collection

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