COURT GREEN, DEVON A child's nursery elbow chair, PAINTED BY SYLVIA PLATH, together with 3 balls of the red wool used for the original woven seat

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Lot 345
COURT GREEN, DEVON
A child's nursery elbow chair, PAINTED BY SYLVIA PLATH, together with 3 balls of the red wool used for the original woven seat

£ 3,000 - 5,000US$ 3,800 - 6,300
Amended
The Property of Frieda Hughes
COURT GREEN, DEVON
A child's nursery elbow chair, PAINTED BY SYLVIA PLATH, with coloured flower and heart pattern over a white ground, 470mm. x 280mm. x 290mm., together with 3 balls of the red wool used for the original woven seat

Footnotes

  • A CHILD'S NURSERY CHAIR, WITH HAND-PAINTED DECORATION BY SYLVIA PLATH. Several other pieces of painted furniture are owned by Smith College, including a table, a waste paper basket and a doll's crib, the design for which was inspired by an article in Woman's Day magazine.

    "In Birthday letters, Hughes called these items a "Totem", writing: 'You painted little hearts on everything'... Seeing the cradle... is truly a wonderful experience. For me it ranks up there with seeing a poetry manuscript, her journals, a typescript of The Bell Jar: really anything Plath created. "Realia", can be classified perhaps as a more fetishistic object than a manuscript would be... It is something, like a sketch or a drawing Plath made, to which she temporarily devoted all of her mind, creativity, and energy towards completing" (Peter K. Steinberg, http://sylviaplathinfo.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/the-cradle-sylvia-plath-painted.html).

    Provenance: "This chair was given by Ted Hughes to a friend for her children, when my brother Nicholas and I had outgrown it, in the early 60's. The friend has since returned it to me, with the wool, washed" (Frieda Hughes).

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