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Lot 222

Ernst Eisenmayer, Austrian/British 1920-2018 - Construction; bronze and base, H82.5 x W64 x D19...

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Lot 222

Ernst Eisenmayer, 
Austrian/British 1920-2018 - 
bronze and base, H82.5 x W64 x D19...

Price Realised: £2,493

Estimate: £1,000 - £2,000

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

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Lot 222


Ernst Eisenmayer, 
Austrian/British 1920-2018 - 


bronze and base, H82.5 x W64 x D19 cm (ARR) 

The Property of the Late Reverend John Watson (1939-2019)

Austrian-born Eisenmayer moved to London to study in 1939, where he was guided and influenced by his fellow countryman, the poet, playwright and artist Oskar Kokoscha. Eisenmayer lived and exhibited in the UK for many decades, including at the prestigious Marjorie Parr Gallery and Leicester Galleries. Works by the artist are in the collection of the Ben Uri Gallery, Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery and King’s Lynn Museum.

Eisenmayer’s works incorporate the aesthetic qualities of the Post-War period in Britain, most notably that of the so-called Geometry of Fear artists, such as Kenneth Armitage and Lynn Chadwick. His sculptures have an industrial, almost militaristic quality to them, the form emerging subtly from the roughly hewn material. Major works are on public display, including at Southlands College, Roehampton and Carlton Forum Leisure Centre, Nottingham. 

Like many artists working in Britain during the 1950s and 1960s, Eisenmayer was a refugee from Nazism. Eisenmayer escaped Dachau concentration camp in April 1939 and was interned on the Isle of Man, along with other émigré artists such as Fred Uhlman, before settling in London, enrolling in Camberwell College of Art and studying under Victor Pasmore. He established a successful career as a painter, sculptor and printmaker, exhibiting in London, Osaka and Vienna. 

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.

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€200,000.01 to €350,000 - 1%,
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ARR is capped at €12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

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