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Studio Sale at Charterhouse

Charterhouse in Sherborne have been instructed to auction the studio contents from the late Barbara Tribe FRBS in their two day sale on Thursday 16th & Friday 17th October at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset.

“Barbara Tribe, who is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, was born in Australia in 1913 and studied sculpture under Rayner Hoff at East Sydney Technical College. At 22 years old, she was the first female and first sculptor to receive the New South Wales Travelling Art Scholarship in 1935. In the same year she left for England where she continued her studies, initially at the Royal Academy Schools. She remained in England where she established herself professionally as well as teaching part time at the Penzance School of Art, alongside her husband, John Singleman, who taught pottery there. Through Singleman, Tribe was able to add fired-clay sculpture to her skills. She was incredibly active throughout her entire lifetime and was still exhibiting on an extremely high level in her later years such as the bronze snail which was entered at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition when she was 80 years old” Commented Naomi Grabham. “However, one of her greatest accolades in her professional career was the Jean Masson Davidson Medal, awarded by the Society of Portrait Sculptors for distinguished services and outstanding achievement in portrait sculptor in 1998.”

It was during a trip to Cornwall after the Second World War that Tribe fell in love with the area and took over an old Sunday School at Sheffield near Penzance, which soon became her studio. It was an area already rich in artists including some of the most important 20th century sculptors such as Barbara Hepworth. The studio resembled a museum displaying the wide range of materials she worked with including terracotta, stone and bronze. It remained her base until her death in 2000 and the residual contents are being sold by the Barbara Tribe Foundation in order to generate funds to further artist’s development and appreciation of sculpture in Australia.

The studio sale of nearly 200 lots includes many bronze busts, terracotta Maquettes and studies, ceramics, drawings, carvings and even her favorite potting stool.

For further information regarding this sale, please contact Naomi Grabham at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BS 01935 812277. Viewing for the two day sale of 1,200 lots including decorative arts, pictures, sporting items and antiques is on Wednesday 15th 10-4 and Thursday 16th 10-7. Catalogues are available from the auctioneers or on their web site

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their two day auctions in November with silver and jewellery with a large collection of Royal Crown Derby and Moorcroft, and their two day December auction with railwayana and trains on the first day followed by clocks and collectors items on the second.