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Lot 155

Mary Kessell, British 1914-1977 - A Doll, c.1960; pastel on paper, signed with initials lower right,...

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Lot 155

Mary Kessell, 
British 1914-1977 - 
A Doll, c.1960; 
pastel on paper, signed with initials lower right,...

Price Realised: £230

Estimate: £250 - £300

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (31.2% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 155


Mary Kessell, 
British 1914-1977 - 

A Doll, c.1960; 

pastel on paper, signed with initials lower right, 67.7 x 45.3 cm (ARR) 

with The Leicester Galleries, London (according to the label attached to the reverse of a section of the original backing board); 
Mrs Muriel Julius; 
private collection 

The Leicester Galleries, London, 'Mary Kessel', October-November 1960, no.32 (according to the label attached to the reverse of the original backing board) 

the artist was commissioned during the Second World War to travel to Germany where she worked as an official war artist, visiting Bergen-Belsen and creating images of refugees. A retrospective exhibition of her work was held at Camden Arts Centre in 1980. Works by the artist are in the collections of the Imperial War Museum, Government Art Collection and the Tate. 'Still Life Under the Sea, 1960' from the Tate collection was made in the same year as the present work and purchased from the same exhibition at The Leicester Galleries. 

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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