Art For Art’s Sake

Clown fiddling...

Clown fiddling…

Today I’ve been uploading more vintage treasures to our Etsy store – including this 1960s framed print found recently on a visit to Stockton-on-Tees.

The original painting was done in 1964 by the Spanish artist Rosy Fernández-Díaz (b.1935 – is she still alive?), whose work is not especially celebrated or popular – with the exception of her sentimental 1960s paintings of clowns. This one – titled Clown Met Kind – (‘Clown with child’, in German, slightly oddly) is one of the best known and it’s a very collectable piece of mid-century kitsch.

What’s really fascinating about this piece is that on the back it has the label of the original framer –  J Goldstein & Son of Middlesbrough – plus the original 1960s price – £2.18s 6d.

The original framer's label

The original framer’s label

Aaah... old money...

Aaah… old money…

There is a tendency to think that people who collect these kinds of vintage mid-century prints which were ,as Wayne Hemingway said, hung just above the mantelpieces of thousand or ordinary homes – pictures much loved by their owners, but deemed barely worthy of a sneer by contemporary taste-makers – were “cheap trash” in the 1950s and 1960s and are now greatly over-valued by dealers flogging them to loaded hipsters.

However, the Teesside art lover who handed over £2.18s 6d for this framed print in the 1960s was spending roughly the equivalent of £50 today – so it wasn’t exactly a Woolworths-style purchase back then – and today we’re not, relatively speaking, over-pricing it at £45 in our Etsy shop (hello loaded hipsters!).

And if, like us, you like this kind of thing, you might also want to check out this, and this… not to mention this!


8 thoughts on “Art For Art’s Sake

  1. Do you know any information about the artist? Or when I could find some? I have tried to find some info about her but nothing shows up

    • Hi Jud

      I’ve tried, too, to find some biographical information about this artist, but have drawn a blank. I’m just a pop culture fan: I think it would need the expertise of a proper art historian/researcher to find out more than you can by just Googling. Good luck with your search. Best wishes, David

    • We can’t really help you there — it depends where you are. But a local auction house would give you an estimated price that it might reach in an auction sale. Or you could go by the price we mention in our post?

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