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Sir Jacob Epstein KBE, British/American 1880-1959   First Portrait of...

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Lot 348

Sir Jacob Epstein KBE,
British/American 1880-1959
First Portrait of...

Price Realised: £6,240

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

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

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Lot 348


Sir Jacob Epstein KBE,

British/American 1880-1959


First Portrait of Kathleen, 1921;


bronze, edition 7 of 12, 47(H) x 45(W) x 29(D) cm (ARR)


Provenance: E. P. Schinman, acquired from the artist; Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., New York, December 16, 1977, lot 65; Tullah Hanley, Bradford, Pennsylvania; private collection, purchased from the above and thence by descent; Sotheby's, New York, Impressionist & Modern Art including Latin American Art, 13th February 2008, lot 130; Boundary Gallery, London, purchased from the above


Literature: R. Buckle, 'Jacob Epstein Sculptor', Faber and Faber Ltd., 1963, p.108, no.171 illus. (another cast); E.P. Schinman, 'Jacob Epstein: a catalogue of the Collection of Edward P. Schinman', 1970, p.74 illus.; E. Silber, 'The Sculpture of Jacob Epstein', Phaidon, 1986, p.149, no.123 illus. (another cast)


Note: One of the most important sculptors in Britain of the 20th century, Sir Jacob Epsteins works adorn public sites, including Coventry Cathedral, Hyde Park, London and the Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. The artist created highly sensitive works, characterised by highly textured surfaces and expressive, heavy features. This is the first sculpture that the artist made of Kathleen Garman, who would go on to be his second wife, after their first meeting in 1921. This work was first owned by Edward P. Schinman, an important Epstein collector and scholar.


Casts of this work can be found in public collections including Manchester Art Gallery and The New Art Gallery Walsall.

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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.

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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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