Inspired by Women

8/02/2018     Militaria & Sporting, Ceramics & Glass, Pictures & Prints, Silver & Objects of Virtu, Vintage Fashion & Textiles, Toys & Collectables, Antiques, Jewellery, Books & Manuscripts, Valuation Events, Contemporary Art & Design, Furniture, Rugs & Carpets

To celebrate the centenary of women's suffrage, Anderson and Garland will be holding a sale in August solely for items designed, inspired, made or written by women. We would like to shine a torch towards the women who have made steps to break down barriers, not just in the last 100 years but over the centuries, by holding a sale that those who want to own inspiring items, made by the women who had to fight for every chance they could get to be recognised, know where they can find them.

Below is a guide to the sort of items we are consigning for sale... 

Literature- some of the best writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries were women and Anderson and Garland have sold many of their first editions including Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' (a book she had to publish without her name), Enid Blyton and Agatha Christie. We'd love to see more of these fabulous women and others such as the Bronte Sisters, Jane Austin, Margret Atwood, Daphne De Mourier, Louisa May Alcott, Beatrix Potter and others.

Designers- it wasn't until well into the 20th Century and female designers were given full reign over their creative prowess. Designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Coco Chanel, Donatella Versace, Mary Quant and Elsa Schiaparelli have long been popular at auction.

Furniture- Women in furniture design are few and far between, but those that have made it through the male dominated area have made a big impression. Ray Eames, Eileen Gray and Charlotte Perriand are just a few.

Ceramics- There have been many household names in this category that hardly need the introduction; Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper, Charlotte Reid, Lucie Rie and many more. They are always welcome in any sale but this one will be a strong category.

Paintings and Works of Art- Few female artists were documented in the 19th Century, there were only around 26 being allowed to exhibit at the Royal Academy, including; Sophie Anderson, Mary Baker, Barbara Bodichon, Mary Ellen Edwards and Louise Ingram Rayner. Into the 20th Century there was still a struggle but it has culminated in some of the greatest contemporary artists being women.

Influential figures- the suffragettes, Nurses in the First and Second World Wars, Prime Ministers, members of the Royal family, cultural celebrities, there are many people in the world that have helped Women's equality, some directly, others by just being themselves. Items owned by these people often find themselves at auction as collectable entities; the gifts from Queen Victoria, a letter from Margret Thatcher, a sash or piece of jewellery in the purple, white and green colours of the suffrage movement, they all hold a place at auction for people who wish to collect the items of empowering women.


If you have something you would like to consign or would like to know more about the sale, please contact Sandra Pirie on 01914303000 or e-mail





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