An important private collection of Beatrix Potter books, manuscripts, artwork, photographs, figurines and collectables is being offered for sale at Bloomsbury Auctions on February 27.
Put together by collector Mark Ottignon, it is one of the most
extensive consignments of Beatrix Potter related material to come
up for auction since the 1997 Doris Frohnsdorff sale at
Many lots are highly scarce but, due to the wide variety of
items, it also offers something for enthusiasts on a lower budget
The rarities include A Happy Pair from 1890, the first
book illustrated throughout by Beatrix Potter herself. The six
chromolithographed illustrations of anthropomorphised rabbits in
the book were based on her own pet, Bouncer, and were originally
used as card designs that she had sent to Hildesheimer &
Faulkner for which she was paid £6 - incidentally the start of her
The images were published in this small booklet with the
addition of verses by the Victorian songwriter Frederick
The estimate is £12,000-16,000.
Further highlights can be viewed via the image slideshow on this
The sale will take place at Bloomsbury Auction's Maddox Street
saleroom on February 27 at 2pm.
Tel: 020 7495 9494.