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Lot 162

After Albert Bruce-Joy, Irish, 1842-1924, a marble statue of William Ewart Gladstone, 1809-98,...

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Lot 162

After Albert Bruce-Joy, Irish, 1842-1924, a marble statue of William Ewart Gladstone, 1809-98,...

Price Realised: £15,600

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

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

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Lot 162


After Albert Bruce-Joy, Irish, 1842-1924, a marble statue of William Ewart Gladstone, 1809-98, late 19th century, with left hand outstretched and right hand clutching a document, standing beside an octagonal column with three books resting on top, 99cm high

Provenance: The Property of the late Lord Avebury.

Note: Liberal party statesman and four times Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone was one of the most revered politicians of the 19th Century. Renowned for his intense rivalry with Benjamin Disraeli, Gladstone was an outstanding orator and a passionate campaigner for reform, Irish Home Rule and an ethical foreign policy.

This marble is after a bronze original unveiled on Wednesday 9th August 1882 in Bow, East London. At the unveiling of the statue by The Rt. Hon. Lord Charlingford, the politician's son said: "Seldom if ever has the hand of a sculptor succeeded in producing so admirable and faithful a likeness." Another commented: "It seems to breathe the deep earnestness, the dignity and intellectual power of the statesman whom we used to call the 'Grand Old Man'." The statue was commissioned by match makers Bryant and May, to commemorate the overturning of Gladstones Chancellor of the Exchequer Robert Lowes infamous match tax. Since 1988 the hands of the original bronze have been painted red, a reference to the matchgirls of the factory striking for better working conditions, and also an urban myth that the bronze was paid for with docked wages from the matchgirls' salary.

Albert Bruce-Joy was born in Dublin and primarily worked in England, exhibiting at the Royal Academy from 1866. He also visited and exhibited in Boston, New York and Philadelphia. His most prominent works are the portrait busts in Westminster Abbey, St.Pauls Cathedral and The House of Commons.

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 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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