Is anyone familiar with Marygold? : LUSENET : Art Deco Society of Washington : One Thread

Approx. 10 years ago, my mother purchased "Idyllic Nights" in original frame from an antique shop in Minnesota. I've recently been looking for more Marygold prints, and have found a few on eBay, but have been unable to locate information on the artist. Is this familiar to anyone?

Thank you Ann

-- Ann Summar (, April 22, 2002


I have 15 Marygold's and I have been searching for information on the Artist for years but with no luck - its very frustrating!!! I am from Australia and one thing I have noted is that many of the prints offered for sale in the USA I have never seen in Australia (unfortunately).

-- Geoff Chandler (, July 07, 2002.

I did not know of the artist until yesterday when I purchased of her prints at a garage sale. The woman I bought them from was in her 80's & said they had belonged to her mother. I have them for resale in my antique space in an local antique mall and priced them at $64.95 each. I this too low or too high? I used the ebay sales as my guide. Have you found out any information on the artist yet? I would like to know also.

-- Margie Cox (, July 19, 2002.

My wife and I own five and we, too, have had a hard time determinging any valid information, even from a few "die-hard" collectors. One thing that we believe to be true is that MARYGOLD is an English woman artist of the 1920's or 1930's. I have also received a thread of an idea that a MARION COLE may be the real name but I have been unable to track down that lead.

-- H.B. (, August 17, 2002.

I am walleyeslayer on ebay, i just found 3 of these "marygold" prints, one of a girl sitting in a garden with little fairys dancing around, another of the couple dancing in the moomlight, with pan watching from behind a tree and another dancing under a sliver moon with a cupid sitting down playinG a flute ??

-- Mark Dawson (, August 24, 2002.

The dealers from whom I have purchased Marygold prints have been unable to supply any verifiable information about the artist; but I have heard that "Marygold" may have been a psuedonym for the artist. Something that may be of interest to you is that I have seen Marygold prints displayed on utilitarian objects such as an old three panel telephone screen and an old wooden glass-top serving tray.

-- L.D.E. (, September 22, 2002.

I have a few 'Marygold's' and am looking for more info on them, I'm from Australia and have found a few around. One has Copyright John G Harrup London on the bottom and apparently they were quite common in the 20's and 30's as they were used to sell frames. Don't know origin of artist, any clues out there?

-- LSmith (, October 04, 2002.

I have been collecting Mary Golds for more than about 10 years and I have been unable to find any info about her. However, lately I have seen a new style being offered and boy do they go fast for a large amount of money. Does anybody here sell her prints?

-- Pat Widerstrand (, November 11, 2002.

I've only found them at eBay, but I know what you mean. Some are great, and certainly those I've never seen before. It seems there are a few prints from a catalog. I've also found them under "mother motto" where people do not include an artist name. Still, a year of hunting, and still no info on her (him?)

-- Ann Summar (, November 12, 2002.

Have you found out any more about Marygold? I have a fabulous print in what I think must be the original frame. Sort of a harem scene with a woman sitting among all the pillows with her pet monkey. I never even noticed a signature on it til recently. I'm just now starting to look around for info.

-- MJ Helsel (, November 18, 2002.

I inherited a Marygold print entitled "The lure of the pipes of Pan" from my Grandmother here in Perth, Scotland. I too know nothing whatever of the artist, although I suspect from the replies that she probably specialised in "Fairy" pictures. The quality of the print is superb.

-- Alan Melville (, November 22, 2002.

I collect the Marygold "Mother" motto prints. I started collecting them about 3 years ago and I only have 7 in my collection. Not much, but they are hard to come by and usually sell for $30 or more a piece on Ebay. I have searched high and low for information on her/him and have not come up with anything about her/him. If anyone finds out about this "mysterious" artist, please let me know. I also don't mind getting emails from other Marygold collectors. I love the colors that are used in the prints and the way she(he) portraits mothers with their children. Very loving and peaceful.

-- Dena McCaskell (, December 10, 2002.

I am the lady who bought 2 Marygold prints at a yard sale. I have since sold one on ebay but still have the other one. It seems to be the most common since I have seen it on eBay several times since. It is 11"x19" showing a ballerina in green dress dancing with a french clown in blue. In the left hand corner, a faun seems to be shaking leaves from a small tree onto the couple. A larger tree in the right hand corner is full of roses(?) while a full yellow moon peeks thru the branches where a small black bird sits on a limb. Back ground is black of course & the ground is dark blue. Does anyone know the title of this print? I need to offer it for sale on eBay but the colors and the romantic theme of the print make me want to keep it! If I only had the wall space to display it! Can anyone help me with a title name?

-- Margie Cox (, December 17, 2002.

I bought two prints three years ago here in the north of England at a flea market. They are an almost matching pair. They remind me of a Masked Ball". They are both of couples in "fancy dress".

1). A young woman sitting at the foot of a tree, she is playing some sort of string instrument. A young man stands behind the tree watching her.

2). The second couple are infront of a stream. The girl is seated at the young man's feet. He is playing a lute, whilst she is holding a lily.

Both pctures are very romantic. They are mainly green, cream and black in colour. Moonlight and flowers are very prominent.

-- Dawn Reed (, January 26, 2003.

Hi, I also have been searching for the origin of three pictures I bought 13 years ago from an antique shop in the north of England. The shop owner told me they were persian, but I don`t think he really knew anything about them. They are scenes of a far east nature,in black frames. I purchased all three for 45. My dining room was black ash and it was the frames that first caught my eye. I will copy this page to my favourites as i would love to find out anymore info about them. thanks

-- kath Broadley (, February 14, 2003.

My mother was given a Marygold print as a wedding present when she married in the 20's and I inherited it. It is a vertical picture of a lady in a very ornate orangey dress, bending over a baby in a garden setting. Cupid is sitting on a tall column, in front of a large tree. Could it be one of the "Mother motto" prints referred to in some of the above? Over the years I've acquired 7 more. Three have titles - "In an old garden", "The love garland" and "Roses of destiny". Likewise, I haven't been able to find out anything about her or him (hardly likely, considering the romantic nature of all the pictures) One dealer thought it was a publisher's name and another told me there were two sets of prints which were very collectible - one set of 4 fairy prints and another set of 4 harlequin prints. I think I may have one picture from each set which came from my aunt's house. Another one has a shepherdess with birds and a little cupid. I've tried to find more for my collection, but haven't seen any for several years. It's so nice to find more people who share my fascination with these prints.

-- Ina Limosani (, February 28, 2003.

Further to my last message - does anyone have Marygold prints to sell? Or if you see some anywhere, I'd be very pleased if you let me know.. Particularly if they're in Australia

-- Ina Limosani (, March 17, 2003.

Yes I have four Marygold prints all in fairly good condition.

Unfortunately I live near Birmingham England. If you are interested please do not hesitate to contact me

Thank you


-- Gillian Stanton (, October 18, 2003.

About six years ago i bought a marygold painting - at first i thought it was hand painted on silk, but after taking it apart found it was hand painted on a sort of tissue paper - it is circular and in a circular black frame made of wood which appears the original frame. Like everyone here i was drawn by the beautiful colors and detailed workmanship. It is of a woman beautifully dressed in an orange and peach ornate dress(hard to describe in detail, because of the detail) holding a baby in front of a mirror with candles either side, the whole circular painting framed in blue and other decoration. Mm i dont think my description has done it justice, but as you know her work you will understand! Has anyone found any info on her yet, i am so interested in this work. No-one has mentioned a circular piece here. Hope to hear from someone, thanks Gill.

-- gill phillips (, November 07, 2003.

We found a Marygold print yesterday. My daughter put it on Ebay today. Item number: 3637398430

-- M. B. Root (, November 09, 2003.

I have four Marygold prints which I inherited from my parents. They are headed "Orieintal Panel by Amrygold" and titled "Supplication", "Lovebirds", "Trinkets" and "Moths". At the bottom it says "copyright and published by Jake Harrap & Son, The Picture House, Holborn Bldgs, London EC1. I live in Southend Essex if anyone is interested.

-- Alison Turner (, May 17, 2004.

This dealer has listed several Marygolds on his page that I haven't seen previously...

-- Ann Summar (, June 08, 2004.

Two years and the search for Marygold or Mary Gold goes on... This site has provided more information than any dealer or collector I've spoken to. Two dealers in Sydney, Australia, have told me her work was produced for a mass-market and in the 1920s every home had a Marygold or two. But as they were produced cheaply, few have stood the test of time in either colour quality (some of the blue evening couples, like Love's Garland, have discoloured with age) or paper quality. I have bought two prints recently from the US through eBay, with little inconvenience (for those Aussies reading this)... and would love to buy more from overseas (for those Americans or Brits interested in selling!!). I look forward to hearing from fellow fans! Karen

-- Karen (, June 24, 2004.

I, too, am a long-time Mary Gold collector and have been unable to find any difinitive information on her. When I purchased my first at a flea market in Oklahoma City, the dealer said she was an English artist from the 1920's. Later from another eBay seller I heard many people painted under the name Marygold. I'm inclined to think it's one person--the detail is perfect and I think would vary too much between different artists. I loved finding this site--I know through browsing eBay that Marygold is a popular artist, but I'd love to hear from anyone else who loves her work! Someday I'd love to put together a book of her prints.

-- Jeannie (, July 19, 2004.

I have two framed prints from my grandmother. One is the Harem monkey one ,the other is a Thai lady with shrine. I was always told they were promotional from Lux detergent etc. My opinion on them? Well, she thought they were cool enough to frame, and so do I, but apparently lot's of folks did.I will search for more info on her and post with all you folks and perhaps we will find some answers!

-- Dawn Klevorn Curuk (, July 31, 2004.

I had my first print in the 1940's which was called "The Nightingale song". 50 years on I acquired "By Moonlight Waters". I have not seen either of these mentioned on this site, I hope this information is useful to anyone making a list of her works. I too am very interested in finding out more about this particular artist, her life and works, but as yet without success.

-- myra skinner devon england (, August 16, 2004.

Our family has in possession 2 marigold prints with fairy themes and 2 others with harlequin themes. How do I find out the titles of these prints. The Harlequin prints are signed Tsanya.

-- Jacqui (dino_piccoli@hotmail,, August 18, 2004.

I have about 12 prints Marygold and Fox. I recently had a yard sale and the prints were sitting near by where a neighbor saw they.She was ready to buy them at any price. I know then they were worth holding on too. My grandmother used to have quite a few antique booths and these she held on to. They are beautiful!Yet, I am so curious as to what they would sell for?

-- Elizabeth rose (, November 21, 2004.

My grandmother has a Marygold titled "Spring's Love Song". It has a black background, green grass with wildflowers, and a small bit of water with two ducks. The woman in it is wearing a white dress with blue streaks that has a greenish bodice and yellow puffy sleeves. She is holding a deep turquoise fan to her face and is holding up her dress. She has a blue bow on her wrist, and is wearing a bonnet covering her dark hair. There is also a Peter Pan type boy wearing green cutoff pants and playing a flute with some butterflies flying about.

Has anyone come across this print in particular? I have been unable to find anything with its title online, and we are curious as to whether it is one of Marygold's rarer prints, and how much it may be worth.

-- Alanna Rand (, February 15, 2005.

I have a print that my mother owned, at least since the 1930s or 40s, so it was always a favourite during my childhood. I tried for years to discover who it was by - it has no signature - until about 2 years ago when I saw 2 framed prints signed Marygold in an antique shop in Edinburgh. (Unfortunately, I didn't buy them!) One was so similar to my print that it just had to be by the same artist.

My print is a dawn scene of a woman in a gauzy long white dress, with a full skirt, standing in a flower-filled meadow, under a graceful tree which has long white blossoms. The shadow of Pan playing the pipes is on the skirt of her dress. The colours are all soft blues and greens, altho I don't know if this is due to fading or the original colours. Does anyone else have this print? Thanks, Honor

-- Honor Wimlett (, March 10, 2005.

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