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Lot 254

William Behnes, English, 1795-1864, a white marble portrait bust of a gentleman, dated 1831,...

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Lot 254

William Behnes, English, 1795-1864, a white marble portrait bust of a gentleman, dated 1831,...

Price Realised: £1,246

Estimate: £600 - £1,000

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

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Lot 254


William Behnes, English, 1795-1864, a white marble portrait bust of a gentleman, dated 1831, restorations, signed to the reverse W.BEHNES SCULP.LONDON 1831, on a waisted socle and a later associated painted plaster pedestal column, the bust - 72cm high; the pedestal - 109.8cm (2)

Note: William Behnes found fame at a young age. He first exhibited at the R.A. in 1815 and quickly accumulated a following with many commissions. The Art Journal, referring to a bust of Clarkson, wrote that they had 'never seen anything finer in modern or ancient art'. While H. Weekes was inclined to rate him as the superior of Chantrey in the field of portrait sculpture. Sadly Behnes, in middle age, fell into financial difficulties and died a pauper.

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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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