Eileen Mayo — Untitled (The Duckpond)
  • Untitled (The Duckpond)(Cropped)
  • Untitled (The Duckpond)(Framed)
  • Untitled (The Duckpond)(Signature)
  • Untitled (The Duckpond)(Reverse)
  • Untitled (The Duckpond)(Additional 1)

Lot 22578



United Kingdom, (1906 – 1994)

Untitled (The Duckpond)

c. 1950

Gouache on paper

61 x 46 cm

Signed lower right: MAYO


NZD $18,174
(incl. BP & GST if applicable)

Auction Closed

Tue. Sep. 27 2011 at 2:40am (NZST)

Lot Notes

Eileen Mayo had been inspired by the exhibition 'Masterpieces of French Tapestry' which she saw at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in 1947. As a result she travelled to France to re-examine the historic tapestries at the Musee Cluny and Angers and the following year returned to study at the Tabard Ateliers at Aubusson where she was instructed by Jean Lurçart, the leading exponent of French tapestry design at that time.

In 1949 she produced a number of cartoons and gouaches for tapestry designs and 'The Duck Pond' is probably one of these that was subsequently not woven. The cartoon for the 'The Duck Pond' is in the collection of the Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand. It is ink and pencil drawing on paper and measures 561 X 191 and was probably executed in 1949. At the Tapestry Company where her well known tapestry 'Echinoderms' was woven designers were restricted to a palette of 30 colours. Every change of tone and colour had to be outlined and numbered on the cartoon. 'Fish and Seaweed' shows this outlining of colour very clearly. You can also see her use of horizontal and vertical elements to balance the compositions and to emphasise both the vertical thread and the horizontal weft.

In 1952 Eileen Mayo left England bound for Australia to generate interest amongst Australian galleries to exhibit British tapestries. She was backed in this venture by Lord Robert-Crichton-Stuart, the owner of the Dovecot Studio, and Ronald Cruickshank the director of a tapestry company. Unfortunately this venture was not successful.


* Please note that this artwork is located in Texas, USA so there will be freight, packing and any duties to pay should you be successful in winning this auction.

Artist Profile

Eileen Mayo was born in London and trained in the classical tradition of drawing at the Slade School of Art, graduating in 1924. She also attended the Grosvenor School of Modern Art (1929) and was influenced by printmaker, Claude Flight, exhibiting in the British Lino exhibitions from 1927 to 1938.

She emigrated to Australia in 1953 and quickly established a reputation as an outstanding printmaker and designer. In 1956 she was employed by the Australian National Travel Association to create travel posters of Australia which are much loved to this day. She also illustrated books, wrote for Australian and English periodicals and designed distinctive Australian postage stamps and coins (1959-1962). In their decorative, elegant and thoughtful designs, Mayo’s works reveal the influence of her classical training and a particularly English aesthetic. As a conservationist and committed Christian her subject matter and meticulous attention to detail demonstrated a reverence and faith in the natural world and all its manifestations.

Although she moved to New Zealand to join her mother in 1962, Mayo continued to receive commissions from both countries and was created a Dame of the British Empire in the New Year's Honours List in 1994. Eileen Mayo’s work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Scale View In Virtual Gallery

Ocula is the first art auction site in the world to offer virtual 3D viewing of artworks. In association with Exhibbit we present a 3D simulation of our gallery in Auckland where you can experience a sense of the size and scale of artworks in our auctions. The best experience of the viewer is in full screen mode and this is easily activated once the viewer has opened.

To enable the viewer to play, a once only download of Unity Web Player is required. This is a highly regarded and secure 3D player for Windows and Mac OS X. Unity Web Player supports all major web browsers and is a very quick and free install. Once you have clicked on the View In Gallery button another window will open, and the Ocula window will also remain open. If you have any questions please contact us. Welcome to Ocula (Virtual) Galleries.

View In Gallery


Private collection Texas. By descent, the current owners stepfather was Mr Ronald Cruickshank, a tapestry weaver and designer. He wove his own designs and other artists designs, so this painting by Mayo was no doubt a design that she had done for Mr Cruickshank to possibly weave into a tapestry.

Note: See the additional photographs above for copies of a letter that Mayo sent to Mr Cruickshank.


Signature and Inscriptions

 Signed in brushpoint lower right: MAYO

Condition and Measurements

Good original condition. The painting has never been hung in any direct light so the colours are excellent. As the work is located in Texas it may be safer to ship with out the frame and glass, the work would probably need to be reframed to conservation standards in any case.


Excluding Frame:
61 cm
46 cm
Overall Size (including frame, if applicable):
93 cm
75 cm
3 cm

How To Bid

Once registered on Ocula Black you can bid. When making a bid, enter it into the field to the left of the Place Bid button on a Lot page. Bids increase in increments relative to the value of the lot. If you choose to Auto Bid then Ocula Black will automatically bid on your behalf up to the maximum bid you choose to make on the lot. The currency you bid in is the currency you chose when you registered. If you wish to change your currency go to Profile in your My Account where you will see an option to change your currency.

When you click on the Place Bid button you will be taken to the Confirm Your Bid page. Here you have the opportunity to review the lot and any costs associated with purchase. You are bound by the Terms and Conditions and should take note to read the Returns and Refunds section therein.

To confirm your bid, which is final, click on the Confirm Bid button. A message will display to confirm it has been received by Ocula Black. You will also immediately receive an email to advise that your bid has been received and is leading or not as the case may be. This process is repeated each time that you bid unless you elect to use our Auto Bid feature described earlier.

When you have made a successful bid and win a lot you will be sent an invoice, which will detail your purchase. Payment is due within 5 days from the close of the on-line auction and full details about payment for your purchase can be found in the Payment and Right of Return section on this page.

Shipping Information

The Buyer is responsible for the collection of artwork(s) purchased and/or for all shipping costs including; packing, courier, insurance and any applicable import duties or taxes. The Buyer is the highest bidder (having met reserve or higher) or purchaser of the artwork(s) in a negotiated post auction sale.

Artwork Location: Texas, USA
Artwork Dimensions (including frame, if applicable): 93 x 75 x 3 cm
Artwork Weight: 20 KG

For more information on shipping please click here or view our Terms & Conditions and see section 5.3.

Payment and Right of Return

The buyer will be invoiced within 48 hours of the end of the auction. The buyer is the highest bidder having met the reserve or higher, or a post auction sale has been negotiated.

Payment is required by internet bank transfer or if organised prior to the auction we may accept Visa or Mastercard, however there is a surcharge for credit card payment. The option to pay by cheque must also be arranged prior to an auction.

Payments for purchases are to Ocula Black. Sale proceeds are not paid to a vendor until an artwork is delivered to a buyer and the buyers 14 day Right Of Return has expired.

For more information on payments please click here or view our terms & conditions and see section 5.3.

Right of Return
The seller provides a 14 day 'Right Of Return' policy. The seller warrants that the artwork is authentic and that the information and images they have supplied is true and correct to the best of their knowledge.

For more information on Right of Return please click here or view our terms & conditions and see section 5.3.

More Information

If you would like more information about this artwork then please contact us. Or if you would prefer, please call us in Australia on 1800 045 308, in the USA on 1 855 488 3669, in Hong Kong on 800 901 252 and in New Zealand on 09 3033 126.

We have the expertise to answer most questions and will research on your behalf if we don't have the answers.

Bid History

Displaying last 50 bids

l******** NZD $15,500
27 September at 2:35 a.m.
inpictures NZD $15,000
27 September at 2:32 a.m.
l******** NZD $14,500
27 September at 2:32 a.m.
inpictures NZD $14,000
27 September at 2:32 a.m.
l******** NZD $13,500
27 September at 2:32 a.m.
inpictures NZD $13,000
27 September at 2:32 a.m.
l******** NZD $12,500
27 September at 2:32 a.m.
inpictures NZD $12,000
27 September at 2:32 a.m.
l******** NZD $11,500
27 September at 2:32 a.m.
inpictures NZD $11,000
27 September at 2:32 a.m.
l******** NZD $10,500
27 September at 2:26 a.m.
egeus77 NZD $10,000
26 September at 2:46 p.m.

How Bidding Works for the Australia China Art Foundation fundraising auction.

This is a silent auction where by bidders have to submit their maximum bid. Please enter your maximum bid amount and click on the 'Place Bid' button. You will be taken to a confirm bid page where you can review your bid and enter your intended delivery address before confirming the bid. Upon confirming your bid you will be notified if your bid is below another bidders maximum bid. At this point you can increase your bid however as this is a silent auction we can not disclose what the highest bid is. Once your bid has been confirmed you will receive an email to confirm that bid. You will be notified by email if another bidder places a maximum bid that is higher than your current bid. You can continue to place higher bids but not lower your bid during the course of the online auction.

At the end of the auction (12am CST 27 November) the highest online bid will be measured against any other absentee bids and the highest overall bid will win the auction.

For further help with bidding please contact Ocula Black


Discover contemporary art from the world's leading galleries

Register for exclusive updates on leading galleries and artists and receive Ocula newsletters with latest art, news and interviews

Join with Facebook
By joining Ocula you agree to our Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy and to
receiving our bi-weekly Ocula newsletters.