Jasmine & Moths (Pink) by Mary Fedden, £6000 at Kinghams.

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They routinely attract interest from her strong private following as well as the keen batch of dealers who handle her works.

Two emerged at Gloucestershire saleroom Kinghams (25/18/15% buyer’s premium) at the end of last year, both consigned from the same Cotswold-based private collector.

One was a slightly surreal but strikingly tonal still-life painting titled Jasmine & Moths (Pink).

The 19¾ x 23½in (50 x 60cm) oil on canvas was signed and dated 1988 and had plenty of visual impact which helped it attract ‘extensive pre-sale interest’ ahead of the December 7 auction in Moreton-In-Marsh, said the saleroom.

Estimated at £3000-5000, it drew a number of bidders before it was knocked down at £6000 to a UK private collector.

Moonlit landscape


The Black Horse, a gouache by Mary Fedden, £2400 at Kinghams.

The other picture by the artist was a later and smaller work on paper which showed figures and a black horse in a moonlit landscape.

Measuring 10¼ x 11½in (26 x 29cm), the gouache was signed and dated 1998 and came with a label on the back for dealer Richard Hagen Gallery.

Pitched at £1500-2000, it sold above estimate at £2400, again to a private collector.