Gray's Rare Collection of Fern Bisel Peat Illustrations on December 10th is the most perfect sale to welcome Christmas.
The entire collection consists of illustrations together with more than 200 lots of vintage matchbox cars, antiques toy soldiers and mechanical banks, and 700 lots of fine art, furniture and decorative art. Search the sale here.

F Girls in the Rain by Fern Bisel Peat c.1940

27 original gouaches by Fern Bisel Peat, a well-known twentieth century author & illustrator of children's books and magazines will be up for auction. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1893, Peat went on to attend Ohio Wesleyan University. Not only was she an accomplished author and illustrator in her own right, but together with her husband she founded and ran a successful interior decorating studio specializing in designing children's rooms, murals, textiles and wallpaper. She also designed several children's wards, hospitals and orphanages.

run The Runaway Toys by Fern Bisel Peat c.1932

During the early years of the twentieth century there was an unprecedented demand for magazine and book illustrations. Along with Fern Bisel Peat several talented female artists stood out in an industry dominated by male artists including Mabel Lucie Attwell, Kate Greenaway and Beatrix Potter. During the 1940's Peat, as art director for Children's Playmate magazine, not only illustrated most of the magazine's covers but created the paper dolls, paper toys & story illustrations that the magazine became known for. Many of the illustrations she created for A Child's Garden of Verses published in 1940 including Lot 231 Rain are up for auction.

Also included at auction is Lot 218 The Runaway Toys, the cover illustration for The Runaway Toys Wish You a Merry Christmas, published to great acclaim in 1932. Lot 227 is one of Peat's original cover illustrations for Eugene Field's story of The Sugar-Plum Tree.

sp The Sugar-Plum Tree by Fern Bisel Peat c.1930