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Lot 33

Paul Lucien Dessau, British 1909-1999- Man with Swan; oil on board, signed '

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Lot 33

Paul Lucien Dessau,
British 1909-1999-
Man with Swan;
oil on board, signed '

Price Realised: £260

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

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

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Lot 33


Paul Lucien Dessau,
British 1909-1999-

Man with Swan;

oil on board, signed 'DESSAU' lower right, 25x13.8cm(ARR)


Paul Dessau was a British artist who was connected with contemporaries such as Leonard Rosoman and Norman Hepple whilst a member of the artists committee of the National Fire Service. The present piece is a striking example of the naive figure studies which defined much of the artists output, and which are imbued with a liveliness and humour which contrasts the sombreness of his wartime work, demonstrating Dessaus versatility and artistic experimentation.


Dessaus work is held in the collections of the Imperial War Museum and the Yale Centre for British Art, amongst others.



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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