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Lot 78

Ernest H. Shepard MC OBE, British 1879-1976 - Pooh and Piglet delivering parcels, 1931; ink on...

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Lot 78

Ernest H. Shepard MC OBE, 
British 1879-1976 - 
Pooh and Piglet delivering parcels, 1931; 
ink on...

Price Realised: £39,000

Estimate: £20,000 - £40,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 78


Ernest H. Shepard MC OBE, 
British 1879-1976 - 

Pooh and Piglet delivering parcels, 1931; 

ink on paper, signed and dated lower right 'Ernest H. Sheperd Oct 1st 1931', 9.8 x 13.6 cm (ARR) 

private collection; 
Sotheby’s, London, 'Children's Books, Drawings and Juvenilia', 16th March 1970, lot 373 (according to a copy of the original invoice); 
Elaine Moss (1924-2020), purchased from the above and thence by descent 

Elaine Moss was a vital and highly important figure in children's books, working variously as an advisor, reviewer, editor and writer, producing works including 'Wait and See Book' in 1963, 'Twirly' in 1964 and 'Polar' in 1975. From the 1970s, she was the selector for the National Book League’s Children’s Books of the Year awards and she later won the Eleanor Farjeon Award for her outstanding contribution to the world of children’s books in 1976. 

Shepard's illustrations have become artworks in their own right. The present lot depicts the iconic friendship of Pooh and Piglet, walking together as they so often do throughout Milne's books, perhaps in the winter time. Milne fondly inscribed a copy of Winnie-the-Pooh with the following verse: 

When I am gone, 
Let Shepard decorate my tomb, 
And put (if there is room) 
Two pictures on the stone: 
Piglet from page a hundred and eleven, 
And Pooh and Piglet walking (157)… 
And Peter, thinking that they are my own, 
Will welcome me to Heaven. 

Buyer's Premium

The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

VAT is not charged on the hammer price unless it is stated that there is 'VAT applicable on the hammer price at the end of the description. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT.

Qualifying living artists and the descendants of artists deceased within the last 70 years are entitled to receive a re-sale royalty each time their work is bought through an auction house or art market professional.

It applies to lots with hammer value over €1,000 as follows:
0 to €50,000 - 4%, €50,000.01 to €200,000 - 3%
€200,000.01 to €350,000 - 1%,
€350,000.01 to €500,000 - 0.5%
Exceeding €500,000 - 0.25%
ARR is capped at €12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

Export of goods

Buyers intending to export goods should ascertain whether an export licence is required before bidding. Export licences are issued by Arts Council England and application forms can be obtained from its Export Licensing Unit. Details can be found on the ACE website www.artscouncil.org.uk or by phoning ACE on 020 7973 5188. The need for import licences varies from country to country and you should acquaint yourself with all relevant local requirements and provisions before bidding. The refusal of any such licences shall not permit the cancelling of any sale nor allow any delay in making full payment for the lot.

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