Burne-Jones drawing heads to four-times estimate

This study by Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Coley Burnes-Jones sold for £8000 at Bonhams.

This study (above) was one of 10 drawings by Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-98) consigned by an unidentified charitable trust to Bonhams’ 19th Century European, Victorian and British Impressionist Art sale on February 20.

Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Gabriel Berner

The 12 x 13in (32 x 33cm) white and black chalk drawing, showing the top head and shoulders, is a compositional study for the sleeping figure of a knight seen in the final version of The Prince Enters the Briar Wood (1870-90).

Part of the four-panel Briar Rose series, it was shown at the Tate’s acclaimed exhibition on the painter that closed recently in London.

The drawing was secured by a trade buyer at £8000, four times the top guide.

The remainder of the group, containing nine studies relating to finished works, were secured by separate private buyers for a combined total of around £50,000 at the New Bond Street sale on February 20.

Emma Gordon, Bonhams’ 19th century picture specialist, said the “timely offering” had all been donated to the charitable trust by a private collector, and presented “a wonderful opportunity to own a Burne-Jones work for a fraction of the price of his finished works”.