A charcoal picture given as an 18th birthday present in 1990 by Jonathan Wateridge, one of Britains leading contemporary artists is going under the Charterhouse hammer in their auction on Friday 22nd July.
“The owner and Jonathan Wateridge were at Malvern College together as school boys and Jonathan gave the picture to the vendor as a present for his 18th birthday.” Commented Richard Bromell. “It’s is quite amazing to think that one of Jonathan’s paintings recently sold for over £300,000 although the seller does not have such high expectations!”
The picture is signed by Jonathan Wateridge, entitled Nude and inscribed on the back “Dear Gav, I can’t think what to say except get drunk and have a wonderful 18th.” Measuring 69.5 x 49.5 cm it spent several years rolled up in a tube.
The owner, whose wife would not allow the picture to be hung in their home, then decided to have the picture framed and put into one of the bedrooms as decoration in The Ship Inn at West Stour when he bought it a few years ago. Moving forward to 2016, it was a guest staying at The Ship Inn who became excited seeing the picture hanging on the wall and alerted the owner that it could be valuable, which is when he contacted Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne for advice.
Although Jonathan W ateridge has been on display at international exhibitions and galleries including The Saatchi Gallery, London, it is estimated at a modest £1,000 when it goes under the Charterhouse hammer in Sherborne. Over the years, artists usually change their styles and develop new techniques and this drawn in a very different style to the pictures which can command six figures.
Charterhouse are now accepting entries for their July auctions including pictures, books, antiques and interiors on Friday 22nd July and for their auction of classic and vintage cars at Sherborne Castle on Sunday 17th July.
For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email Richard with items for valuation at
Richard Bromell with the charcoal picture of a Nude given to the vendor as an 18th birthday present, estimated to sell for £1,000 at the Charterhouse auction of Pictures on Friday 22nd July in Sherborne