Painting Owned By Enid Blyton

Under The Hammer in Two Day Interiors Sale at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions

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A painting belonging to Enid Blyton will go under the hammer in a two day Interiors sale at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' Donnington Priory saleroom in Berkshire on 20th-21st May alongside a diverse and eclectic mix of furniture and works of art. Day One will include Asian & European Ceramics, Clocks and Paintings with Day 2 focusing on Furniture, Rugs and Works of Art.

Anenomes, by Marion L. Bloom (1878-1962), was owned by celebrated children's author, Enid Blyton, whose bestsellers include the Famous Five, Secret Seven and Malory Towers series .

The painting is accompanied by A Childhood at Green Hedges, an autobiography by Blyton's daughter Imogen Smallwood, which describes Bloom's work; "…above the cases of flowers, were flower paintings. My mother particularly liked Marion Broom, and her enenomes…"

The current owner, who inherited the work, has a letter from Blyton's daughter to say that it was owned by her mother. It is estimated at £300-500. [Lot 253]

Quirky, collectible and sure to attract attention on day two are a collection of Black Forest carved and stained wood works of art, including a stereoscopic viewer, circa 1900. 'Black Forest' wares were produced in Switzerland in the late 19th and early 20th century as luxury and novelty items aimed primarily at wealthy tourists, typically depicting bears and other majestic wild animals. This unusual carved stereoscopic viewer is accompanied by viewing cards detailing Grand Tour views of Rome, Venice, Pompeii and other Italian sites as well as a guide manual for the cards, Italy Through the Stereoscope, 1903, by D.J. Ellison D.D. It is estimated at £500-800. [Lot 505]

The two-day sale will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' Donnington Priory saleroom in Berkshire on Tuesday and Wednesday the 20th-21st May 2014 with viewing from Friday 16th May 2014. The catalogue is available to view online at


Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Frasers Autograph's. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.

Donnington Priory - 7th May 2014