"Scales attended Canterbury College School of Art and studied painting in London before returning to New Zealand in 1912. After World War I her family settled in Nelson where she worked as an orchardist, and one of the works in the Richardson Collection Lot 108 Nelson Farm Landscape [BC127] dates from these years. Like other early works, including Lot 107 Shipping Wellington Harbour [BC128] and Lot 109 Moored Yachts [BC010] it is painted in a harmonious range of low-keyed colours and demonstrates an impressionist interest in atmospheric effects."
Seascape featuring two yachts. Midground, faintly rendered portside of a yacht. Foreground, portside of a yacht at anchor with furled sail. Rippled shadows of foreground yacht and mast extend to the lower edge of the painting. Background, faintly rendered hills.
LR Flora Scales
Verso UL (not in artist’s hand) Beaglehole (since reframed)
Verso Centre (not in artist’s hand) E McVray (since reframed)
Verso LL printed label Framed by Wayne’s Gallery, Currie Street, New Plymouth (since reframed)
Sold by auction at Webb's, New Zealand, 1986
Sold by auction at Dunbar Sloane, New Zealand, 1987
Sold by auction at Dunbar Sloane, Wellington, New Zealand, The Sir Ivor Richardson Art Collection, 22.03.2006, Lot 109
The title Moored Yachts was supplied by a Dunbar Sloane auction catalogue dated 1987.
In this painting the outline of geometrical shapes made by the mast, bowsprit, and boom herald the shapes of the derricks on the Cornwall coast, as seen in, for example, Untitled [Mousehole Cornwall 2] [BC029] and Untitled [Mousehole Cornwall 3] [BC030]. Also reminiscent of the orchard trees of Bry-sur-Marne, France, seen, for instance, in Bry-sur-Marne Orchard [BC069].
Correspondence with Sir Ivor Richardson to B. de Lange, 09.07.1987: “This painting had previously been sold at Webb’s but I missed it. I then bought it at Dunbar Sloane.” It seems likely that the purchaser from Webb’s auction was the historian, J. C. Beaglehole, and that Sir Ivor Richardson bought it from Dunbar Sloane one year later in 1987.