Born in Ballarat, Victoria in 1862, May Vale studied at the National Gallery of Victoria and at South Kensington Art School, 1875-1878.. She became a teacher, painter and enameller, her enamels including Australian landscapes and large scale pieces such as Egyptian and Greek style vases. She undertook further study in London and at the Academie Julian in Paris in the early 1890s.. On a trip to Europe from 1906 to 1908 she taught enamelling in London.
The total number of works by May Vale offered for sale by auction since 1979 is 46, of which 35 (76%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $17,182 for Red Flowering Gum sold by Leonard Joel in September 2023. This year one work has been offered for sale. Works by May Vale are held by the National Gallery of Victoria and Art Gallery of Western Australia.
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Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…
No, ineligible. The artist has been deceased for more than 70 years.
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