Wednesday 4 November 2020

Lot 3

David Bomberg, British 1890-1957-   Stairs, (the Theatre Trap Door), 1919;  

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Lot 3

David Bomberg,
British 1890-1957-
Stairs, (the Theatre Trap Door), 1919;

Price Realised: £6,500

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

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

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Lot 3


David Bomberg,
British 1890-1957-


Stairs, (the Theatre Trap Door), 1919;


ink and wash, signed and dated, 20x27cm (ARR)


Provenance: Boundary Gallery, London; Private collection, London


Note: David Bomberg was a British painter and member of the Whitechapel Boys. He studied at the Slade School of Art under Henry Tonks alongside artists such as Stanley Spencer, Ben Nicholson, and Paul Nash. However, his unconventional style eventually led to his expulsion from the Slade in 1913, following which he travelled to France and met artists including Pablo Picasso and Amedeo Modigliani. Bomberg later taught at Borough Polytechnic in London, where his pupils included Leon Kossoff and Frank Auerbach.

Bombergs work has been included in a number of exhibitions, most notably in a high-profile retrospective held at the Tate Britain in 1987. More recently, in 2019-2020, some of Bombergs early works were the subject of an exhibition at the National Gallery in London, where they were displayed alongside artworks by Old Masters, such as Botticelli and Michelangelo, which had inspired him. The representation of bold, geometric shapes which characterised these works are also clearly evident in these pieces, making them impressive examples of Bombergs early, career-defining style.

His works are currently held at MoMA in New York, the Art Institute in Chicago, the Tate in London and National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh


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.

Export of goods

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 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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