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Lot 147

Felix Kelly, New Zealand/British 1914-1994 - Orangery, Pavlovsk, 1971; oil on board, signed and...

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Lot 147

Felix Kelly, 
New Zealand/British 1914-1994 - 
Orangery, Pavlovsk, 1971; 
oil on board, signed and...

Price Realised: Unsold Lot

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

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

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Lot 147


Felix Kelly, 
New Zealand/British 1914-1994 - 

Orangery, Pavlovsk, 1971; 

oil on board, signed and dated lower right 'Felix Kelly 71', 56 x 71 cm (ARR) 

Arthur Tooth & Sons, Ltd., London, C7871 (label attached to the reverse of the frame); 
private collection, purchased from the above and thence by descent 

Arthur Tooth & Sons, Ltd., London, 'Recent Paintings of Russia', 19th October - 6th November 1971, cat. no.16 illus. 

in the present work, Kelly brings out the Surreal quality of the Orangery and its grounds, with its Classical figures making the work reminiscent of Giorgio di Chirico's metaphysical style. For Robert Harling, writing in the Arthur Tooth & Sons catalogue, these works evoke a 'heady excitement' and the 'quality which made the tales of Tolstoy, Turgeniev, Chekov so haunting and memorable to my youth'. 

Initially influenced by the work of the Surrealists, Felix Kelly became celebrated for his book cover designs, particularly for ghost stories including Faber and Faber's Best Horror Stories (1957) and Best Tales of Terror (1962), as well as for Haunted Houses (1956) by Joseph Braddock. 

The artist held his first one-man exhibition at Lefevre Gallery in 1943, which was highly acclaimed and lead to Herbert Read buying a work and writing the introduction to his next catalogue. 

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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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 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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