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Lot 355

Dame Elizabeth Blackadder DBE RA RSA RSW, Scottish 1931-2021 - Still Life, 1978; watercolour on...

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Lot 355

Dame Elizabeth Blackadder DBE RA RSA RSW, 
Scottish 1931-2021 - 
Still Life, 1978; 
watercolour on...

Price Realised: £3,149

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,000

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

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Lot 355


Dame Elizabeth Blackadder DBE RA RSA RSW, 
Scottish 1931-2021 - 

Still Life, 1978; 

watercolour on paper, signed and dated lower left 'Elizabeth Blackadder 1978', 61.3 x 99.5 cm (ARR) 

with Austin Desmond Fine Art, London (label affixed to the reverse of the frame); 
private collection 

this serene watercolour epitomises Blackadders renowned mature style, with its focus on careful composition, space and delicate colour. The artist and her husband John Houston were highly influenced by their travels in Japan in the 1980s, and in particular for Blackadder, the Zen principles of empty space, seen here in the way the still life objects are carefully placed across the white of the blank paper. Blackadder allowed this empty space to become an active element in her work, creating a distinct style and feeling. 

Blackadder was the first woman to be elected as an academician to the Royal Academy in London and the Royal Scottish Academy. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is now held in all major public UK collections, including the Tate, National Galleries of Scotland and the Government Art Collection. 

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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