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Lot 6

Duncan Grant, British 1885-1978 - Parrot Tulips, c.1957;  oil on board, signed lower right 'Duncan...

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Lot 6

Duncan Grant, 
British 1885-1978 - 
Parrot Tulips, c.1957;  
oil on board, signed lower right 'Duncan...

Price Realised: £31,440

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

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

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Duncan Grant, 
British 1885-1978 - 

Parrot Tulips, c.1957;  

oil on board, signed lower right 'Duncan Grant', 56 x 38.4 cm (ARR) 

with The Leicester Galleries, London (according to the label attached to the reverse); 
J. C. Greer, purchased from the above c.1957 (according to the label attached to the reverse); 
the Collection of Bernard Sheridan (1927-2007) and thence by descent 

The Leicester Galleries, London, 'Duncan Grant', 1st May 1957, no.37 (according to the label attached to the reverse) 

this work was likely completed at Grant's home in Charleston, with a nude painting by the artist in the background. Grant used this compositional device of placing a still life in front of an image of a nude throughout his career, for example 'Mimosa, 1930' and 'Still Life with Matisse, 1971'. The wilting tulips echo the folds of the nude, creating a natural rhythmic quality to the work. The late 50s were important for the artist as a large retrospective of his work was held at the Tate in 1959. 

Duncan Grant was a central member of the Bloomsbury Group, closely associated with seminal figures in early 20th century British culture such as Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, E.M. Forster and Lytton Strachey, alongside the art critic Roger Fry, the latter having a particularly strong impact on Grant's artistic approach. Grant's works can be found in a wide number of collections throughout the country, including the Tate Britain and the V&A in London, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. 

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 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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