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Lot 39

Ben Nicholson OM, British, 1894-1982- Black and Brown, 1981; oil ink and wash on...

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Lot 39

Ben Nicholson OM,
British, 1894-1982-
Black and Brown, 1981;
oil ink and wash on...

Price Realised: £8,775

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 39


Ben Nicholson OM,
British, 1894-1982-

Black and Brown, 1981;

oil ink and wash on paper, irregular shape, 16x12.7cm (max) (ARR)

Provenance: Waddington Galleries, London, where purchased by Michael Nicholson, thence by descent.

Note: This piece is by the artist Ben Nicholson, who, as a central member of the St Ives School in the early 20th century, exerted an immense influence on the shape of British art to follow.

Nicholson, the son of artists William Nicholson and Mabel Pryde, studied at the Slade in 1910-11, alongside contemporaries such as Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash, and Edward Wadsworth. His approach was later influenced by the leading proponents of abstract art in Europe, including Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian, both of whom he met, whilst his preoccupation with the simplicity of lines and forms also demonstrates an affinity with the work of Barbara Hepworth, to whom he was married for a time. This work exemplifies Nicholsons unmistakeable style, particularly his focus on the representation of objects through flattened shapes and blocks of contrasting colours. It is in this manner that Nicholson so powerfully reduces the world around him to its essential forms.

Nicholsons works are on display in a large number of notable public collections in Britain, including in Kettles Yard in Cambridge, and Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Courtauld Gallery in London.

Buyer's Premium

The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

VAT is not charged on the hammer price unless it is stated that there is 'VAT applicable on the hammer price at the end of the description. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT.

Qualifying living artists and the descendants of artists deceased within the last 70 years are entitled to receive a re-sale royalty each time their work is bought through an auction house or art market professional.

It applies to lots with hammer value over £1,000 as follows:
0 to £50,000 - 4%
£50,000.01 to £200,000 - 3%
£200,000.01 to £350,000 - 1%
£350,000.01 to £500,000 - 0.5%
Exceeding £500,000 - 0.25%
ARR is capped at £12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

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Buyers intending to export goods should ascertain whether an export licence is required before bidding. Export licences are issued by Arts Council England and application forms can be obtained from its Export Licensing Unit. Details can be found on the ACE website www.artscouncil.org.uk or by phoning ACE on 020 7973 5188. The need for import licences varies from country to country and you should acquaint yourself with all relevant local requirements and provisions before bidding. The refusal of any such licences shall not permit the cancelling of any sale nor allow any delay in making full payment for the lot.

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