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Painting signed W.A. Frickers, a rare chance to buy?

This is a rare chance to purchase a fine example of this artist at her best.

Valued at £800.00, make an offer we can’t refuse and this beautiful flower painting will be yours. W_A_Frickers.jpgMy correspondent wrote “Yes, of course you may blog it” so slightly edited here you go, enjoy…

He wrote – In researching paintings held by us I have come across a thread on your site (August 03, 2011 7:39 A.M. Mike Robbins started the following correspondence hoping I could identify a painting possibly by the “Cornish” artist W.A. Frickers) that suggests this painting is by Winifred Ann Frickers, your mother.

We acquired what appears to be oil on canvas board painting, signed W.A Frickers. _cid_part2_07050904_03000509_abaclays.jpg

This was purchased by us, providence unknown at the time, from an artist who lived at Brook Farm, Charlwood, nr Gatwick, Surrey – whom I believe also spent time in the SW and may have been known to you or your mother. I knew him, late 1980’s – but believe he had SW connections – I bought the pic from him about 1990 – I can’t specifically remember his name but can find out. Noting in further research WAF was also in Beckenham it may be that this was painted at that period and aquired locally, as Beckenham is only 20 miles from here.

If he’s around now he would be in his 70s / 80s. He was a bit of a hermit, living in a shed at the farm of the Vernon brothers.

His eye sight failed some years ago and I have not seen him around lately, so he’s either passed on is permanently relocated elsewhere.

I don’t have his name to hand but could find it out from the Vernons.

Firstly, I’d appreciate your confirmation that this is correct, it is your mother’s work.
Any bio info on your mother’s life / painting career, ie her dob, dod, and if the subject matter points this oil on canvas to any period of her output, would be interesting.
The subject matter is interesting, what appears to be a Clarice Cliff cup and the Dutch shoe may have some meaning?

Potentially, this painting could be available to yourself / the gallery – if it is of interest.
In your blog I found:

The picture is titled ‘After Sunset’

August 03, 2011 7:39 A.M. Mike Robbins started the following correspondence hoping I could identify a painting possibly by the “Cornish” artist W.A. Frickers.
Mike generously concluded with “I’m really glad to have made the connection and found you thanks to the wonders of the Internet. Your works are simply fantastic, and your website is a joy to visit. All the very best to you for the future”.

Gordon replied:
May I post the gist of our correspondence together with the images on my blog please?

Just as the blog helped you find me it may help with your questions and will interest others.

I’ll try and help you.

You have raised several issues here.

I’ll make some about this painting enquires for you including of possible purchasers.

Do you have a price in mind?

Some clarification would help.
I have copied this to a few friends some of whom knew my Mother.

They may know of a potential purchaser.

This could be a rare chance to acquire a fine example of a painting by W A Frickers

Do you have a price in mind for this painting?


Gordon Frickers


We like the painting but times are tough – I have been hit by card fraud to the extent of £9000 I have to raise to repay the bank ( I run an online business selling country goods and have had a whole series of stolen card transactions in the last few weeks resulting in me having to repay all the fraudulent sales – we are looking at anything that’s not essential to life that might raise a few hundred.

We did have the painting appraised a few years back by Lawrence’s, the auctioneers in Dorking as “a competent oil – estimate £100 – 200” – but the provinence was then unkown).

Frame appears original but is loose in its joints, and canvas probably needs tightening in its stretcher, but paint is in good order and the surface clean.

Painting is 24 x 20″. There is no title I can see.

Gordon wrote:

Thanks for your reply here and the info.

May I post the gist of our correspondence together with the images on my blog please?

Just as the blog helped you find me it may help with your questions and will interest others.

I’ll make an entry about this painting which may produce enquires for you including of possible purchasers.

Do you have a price in mind?

If you would like it, I can try and find a buyer for you.

I doubt the painting will cover your £9,000, we both wish…

My Mother’s paintings for very modest prices, usually 1 or 2 hundred pounds.

I thought they were worth more but she was delighted by the compliments and did not need the money. My father left her well provided for.

Sorry to read of the credit card fraud sting.

There is a lot of it about.

You may be aware there are several organisations offering advice on how to protect an online business?

I worked for one of them part time about 10 years ago.

I recall one case in particular, a Plymouth business selling diving equipment almost put out of business.

Meanwhile, I can help a little.

This painting is in the style of my Mother’s best work as produced while she and my Father lived at Carlyon bay and the signature looks like hers so if it walks like a duck, quacks swims and flies…

Therefore I think it is one of her paintings.

I remember the Clarice Cliff cup and the Dutch shoe.

Of the Clarice Cliff cup and the Dutch shoe, all my Mother’s possessions went to my half brother and sister who took the bulk of her money and refused to give anything to others in the family or two Mum’s friends…

The canvas looks like one of many I gave her, probably made by The Art Centre at Kelly Bray.

The frame not shown in your excellent photos might confirm that.

I still order from the Art Centre…

To guess by the quality of the painting I think it was created some time between 1980 and 1995 when she lived near St Austell at Carlyon Bay, Cornwall.

As you have correctly discovered my Mother did live in Beckenham for much of her life.

For 2/3rds of her life she was known as Winifred Ann Frickers:

Born Cullumpton Devon, nee Parmley, 31 March 1915, she had slightly unusual early life, married a Scot who having given her a baby was killed flying during WW2.

After the war she was re married to my Father, who took very good care of them both.

They settled in Beckenham about 1949 and stayed there until my father retired.

Both had a keen interest in the arts and friends who included painters, actors etc.

My mother started painting when about 50 years old while I was a fine art student at Maidstone College of Art and later Medway College of Art – having ‘pinched’ one of my easels despite it having my name painted on it!

Of course I was happy to let her keep the easel and delighted in the special moments when we discussed her paintings.

My Mother’s favourite subject was flowers.

In my view, most on my Mother’s best work was produced while my parents lived in Cornwall.

My Father in retirement also painted.

If you think I can help you in any other way don’t hesitate to ask.

I’m not far from the PC today, painting in my studio, a new picture of the ubiquitous Schooner Pickle, renowned for her race carry the Trafalgar dispatches.


The reply:

Anyway, everything else you say on the painting is OK.

I think I’d like to send the painting to you for frame / stretcher

I note on close inspection the loose frame movement has rubbed
some paint away right at the edge, and although the oil is bright the
pale colours are a little yellow so the whole might benefit form a
surface clean to maximise returns.

Everything you say about pricing and values accords with my own
research, so, if we are in agreement:

I propose to send painting to you for your / expert evaluation.
Any repairs worth doing are done as disbursement costs from final sale
value (or to be paid by us if ultimately returned unsold)
I think it should have a guide price of £xxx ono – so would await your
views on potential values, but with full province, being sold through
you ( as family of the artist), and in good order, I’d hope the full
potential would be in the higher end of £100s under £1k.
It is a nice painting, so something like £800 is a realistic potential
correctly presented and marketed – but your full views on that can be
reserved until it’s in your hands.

Here’s the frame – sorry there is flash bounce on this image.  WAF_flowers_framed.jpg


The Sting, a FRAUD

I use SECpay ( aka PayPoint) as the online interface connected through
to LloydsTSB merchant services.

I also have Paypal, but they are very much better and I think I’ve had
just one charge-back of £30 in 4 years – as they do check the name /
address etc and provide both seller and buyer protection – but they also
charge a higher % – 2.75% Paypal vs 1.75% Cardnet.

Problem with Paypal is in the nature of my business, I sell many lines
and services, but their terms of use prevent you selling via Paypal
anything to do with guns / knives / ammo etc – so I am limited in where
and how I can use Paypal. OK on eBay where I sell country goods, dog
training, game calls, etc – and OK for my Country Sports insurance
business, but not allowed in my e Commerce site where I sell shotguns,
and where the frauds are taking place.

As you seem interested in how it happens, my research shows that
fraudsters have been using a loophole to bypass security – if you access
an item for sale using cached Google, rather than direct site access,
you are able to buy things that are actually set for non sale ( say to
overseas etc) in the main site. They also seem to have found a way of
hacking into EKM power systems server based shops and changing the PDF
delivery info. One sale recently was set up via Moldova, but 1/2hr later
all details were to Spain. We have worked out how it is achieved, and my
son who is studying web programming says its a major security flaw in
EKM systems that a customer can do this, and I’ll be onto them on Monday
to see if they are aware.


Thanks for your thoughts on the frauds.

Like the other business, this is putting us to the wall, as LloydsTSB Cardnet are diverting all our card sale income directly to repay the frauds, and its cut off 50% of our cash-flow – hence having to sell personal possessions to pay the mortgage etc.

The fraud attacks are stolen card numbers that come through to us as fully authorised sales, then 4-6 weeks later someone gets a card statement and protests an unknown sale.

User not present merchant agreements put that responsibility for repayment back with us the seller.

The police have no investigation resources and the banks don’t care and do nothing much to prevent fraud of this type as they loose nothing.

It’s us poor retailers who suffer as we have to cover the cost of repaying the true card-holder.

Just found we have another two sales yesterday that are further frauds – its scandalous that this is allowed to continue as an authorised sale on-line occurs even if the person uses a false name and address, only the card numbers are matched by the card authorisation centres – and in y view the biggest scandal is that the on-line sales use a PIN that’s written on the card ( last three numbers on the rear), rather than a memory PIN as per ATM or card swipe sales.

Just why the banks chose to write all the info a fraudster needs on a card and then provide no security to prevent unauthorised use of that info I can’t imagine.

It appears every time your card is used in a Restaurant or Garage, the opportunity to record all the numbers is available inc last three on the rear, and that info is then sold on the internet. Fraudsters operating from Moldova, Lithuania etc then try 100s of transactions on-line for goods delivery to drop off addresses in the UK and some succeed. They collect the goods for a few weeks and then move the delivery address. Police won’t visit the collection addresses or set up false deliveries to sting the fraudsters, so they know they can get away with wholesale on-going fraud and obviously earn themselves a good living ding so.

Like your other business, this problem has become so severe, – £500 of fraud a week in a business that turns over £2000 a week represents all our net profit, so I am being forced to capitulate and close the on-line business.

I’m a gunfitter and instructor for sporting shotguns and run a supply site on-line:- www.shotgun-store.co.uk

Anyway, I appreciate your time and trouble to talk to me about your mother and my woes!
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