Flower Market by Ethel Carrick-Fox – £12,000 at The Cotswold Auction Company.

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The 10 x 13in (26 x 34cm) oil on board is typical of the lively scenes she painted of markets, parks and flower gardens.

The painting came from a private source and bore an original label for Parisienne art dealership Lefebvre-Foinet in Montparnasse.

Although the canvas is undated, it is thought to have been created in the 1920s, when Carrick- Fox and a group of other Australian women artists sought to establish themselves in Paris and London with a series of joint exhibitions.

Estimated at £3000-5000, it sold to a buyer bidding via for £12,000.

Attractive style

“Carrick-Fox is extremely collectable, mostly in Australia, and the painting itself is rather attractive and typical of her style at that period,” said Charlotte-Jane Seward of The Cotswold Auction Company.

Indeed, Carrick-Fox’s biggest prices have come in her home country, including Market, under trees, a 1919 canvas which sold for a premium-inclusive record of Aus$1m (around £473,900) in April 2008.