Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Jean Preston

I've blogged previously about Jean Preston, the deceased Oxford woman in whose attic were found two Fra Angelicos. One of her relations said: "Auntie Jean knew everything there was to know about medieval literature, but not a lot about art." The Cranky Professor and I found that statement dubious at best.
Well, there's an update to the story, and it seems that Jean Preston was quite the collector:
A collection of paintings found in a pensioner's modest house was worth more than £2.7 million.
After Jean Preston died two years ago, two paintings by the Renaissance artist Fra Angelico were found behind the door of the spare room in her two-up, two-down terraced home in Oxford. The works sold for £1.7 million at auction, a record for a sale outside London.
Guy Schwinge, of Duke's auction house in Dorchester, Dorset, said: "Her family told us that there may be some interesting works of art inside her house. That was something of an understatement.
"In almost every room there were works of art that were quite staggering in their sheer quality and importance."
A rare edition of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, worth nearly £100,000, was found in her wardrobe.
Two pre-Raphaelite masterpieces worth more than £1 million were also discovered - a painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the kitchen and a work by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones in her sitting room.
Personally, the pre-Raphaelites leave me cold.

1 comment:

Lauren said...

But that's only because, as I've said before, you always were a heartless worm without any soul.