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Mary Burkett Sale

Sale of Mary Burkett's Estate at Mitchells

3rd & 4th September 2015 (Friday & Saturday)

Millefleur carpetFormerly of Isel Hall near Cockermouth, Mary Burkett OBE died suddenly in November 2014 aged 90. Mary was the first president of the IFA and one of the founding members and a world-leading authority on artistic feltmaking. She always played a very active part in the IFA both in UK and Internationally.

Mitchells of Cockermouth has been formally instructed in the sale of Mary Burkett's estate which will take place on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September 2015. The collection reflects a large part of Mary’s life, her patronage of many local artists as well as other artworks of international importance. The proceeds of the sale will be dealt with under the terms of Mary’s will, which includes a number of local charities as residuary beneficiaries (including the International Feltmakers Association).

Mary's support of artistic talent in the region included the artists Sheila Fell, Percy Kelly and Alfred Wainwright (whom she regarded as much artist as guidebook author). As director of Abbot Hall art gallery in Kendal for 20 years, she discovered and exhibited the Lake District work of renowned German artist Kurt Schwitters.

Mary supported many charitable causes during her lifetime, most notably Lakeland Arts Trust, Wordsworth Trust, The Romney Society, Armitt Museum, Rosehill Theatre, Senhouse Roman Museum, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Cumbria Community Foundation where she established a Cultural Fund to support local artistic talent.

A fully illustrated catalogue, including images and close-ups of all lots to be sold, can be viewed online at from Friday 21st August. Alternatively lots can be viewed in person at the saleroom from Sunday 30th August between 11am -3pm, Mon 31st and Tuesday 1st September between 10am – 5pm, late night viewing from 10am – 7pm on Wednesday 2nd and throughout the sale. Those unable to attend the sale in person can leave confidential bids in advance by commission or alternatively bid live by telephone or on-line during the sale via

Mitchells Antiques & Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
The Saleroom
47 Station Road
CA13 9PZ

Tel:  01900 827800