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Lot 226

Paule Vézelay, British 1892-1984 - Ten Forms, White, Grey and Brown, 1952; collage on paper, signed...

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Lot 226

Paule Vézelay, 
British 1892-1984 - 
Ten Forms, White, Grey and Brown, 1952; 
collage on paper, signed...

Price Realised: £7,610

Estimate: £2,000 - £2,500

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

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Lot 226


Paule Vézelay, 
British 1892-1984 - 

Ten Forms, White, Grey and Brown, 1952; 

collage on paper, signed and dated lower right 'Paule Vezelay 52', 18.5 x 63.5 cm  (ARR) 

the Estate of the Artist; 
England & Co., London (label attached to the reverse of the frame); 
private collection and thence by descent 

Annely Juda, London, 'Paule Vezelay: Paintings and Constructions', 9th April-16th May 1987, cat. no.17 (illus.) (according to the abel attached to the reverse of the frame); 
England & Co., London, 'Paule Vezelay 1894-1984', June-July 1993 (label attached to the reverse of the frame) 

a pioneering artist of British abstraction, this work was made when Vezelay was living in Paris, after moving there in 1926. Vezelay was a central figure in the French avant-garde, exhibiting at the 'Salon des Superindepedants', where her work was praised by Christian Zervos, and was a member of the seminal Abstraction-Creation, alongside her friends Jean Arp and Marlow Moss. 

1952 was an important year for the artist, when she was invited by Andre Bloc to form a London branch of the constructivist abstract movement 'Groupe Espace', demonstrating her importance as a figure. Despite some tensions between her and a younger generation of artists, Vézelay eventually succeeded in organising an exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall in 1955, alongside Marlow Moss, Ithell Colquhoun and Sonia Delaunay. In the 1950s the artist also found success designing textiles for Heals. 

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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.

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