BEN NICHOLSON | 1970 (ONE PLAIN, ONE CURLY GOBLET)
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
1970 (ONE PLAIN, ONE CURLY GOBLET)
signed, titled, dated 1970 and inscribed on the backboard
pencil and oil wash on paper on the Artist's prepared board
sheet: 28 by 21cm.; 11 by 8in.; board: 42 by 33cm.; 16½ by 12¾in.
The sheet is attached to the Artist's prepared backing board with tabs at the corners and extreme edges at intervals but is not fully laid down. There is a print by the Artist to the verso, and the imprint is visible to the recto, in keeping with the Artist's intentions. The upper, lower and left edges are slightly deckled or slightly unevenly cut. The sheet undulates very slightly in keeping with the Artist's materials and working methods. There are one or two extremely faint creases to the sheet, only visible upon close inspection. There are one or two possible flecks of minor foxing and some possible light surface dust. This excepting, the work appears in excellent overall condition.
The sheet is floated on the Artist's prepared backboard and held within a composite painted wooden frame behind glass.
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Beyeler Foundation, Basel
The Redfern Gallery, London, where acquired by Guy Holford Dixon, 12th April 1972
Sale, Christie's London, 11th June 1992, lot 30
André Emmerich, New York
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, where acquired by the present owner, 17th October 2000
Christopher Neve (intro.), Ben Nicholson, Modern British Masters Volume VIII, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, 1993, cat. no.33, illustrated p.72.
We are grateful to Dr Lee Beard, author of Ben Nicholson: Writings and Ideas (Lund Humphries, 2019), for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work. Dr Beard is currently preparing the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the Artist’s work and would like to hear from owners of any work by the Artist so that these can be included in this comprehensive catalogue. Please write to Dr Lee Beard, c/o Sotheby’s Modern & Post-War British Art, London, W1A 2AA or email firstname.lastname@example.org.