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Ben Nicholson

1945 (still life)

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection

Ben Nicholson

Ben Nicholson

1945 (still life)

1945 (still life)

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Property from a Distinguished Private Collection

Ben Nicholson

1894 - 1982

1945 (still life)


signed Ben Nicholson and NICHOLSON, titled, dated 1945, dedicated for Madge / May 17-45 / from Ben and inscribed with the artist's address (on the reverse)

oil and pencil on board, on the artist's prepared backboard

unframed (inner board): 27 by 38.5cm.; 10¾ by 15¼in.; (artist's backboard): 38 by 48.5cm.; 15 by 29in.

framed: 51 by 61.5cm.; 20¼ by 24¼in.

Executed in 1945.


We are grateful to Lee Beard for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work.

The board and artist's backboard appear stable and providing a sound support. The artist's backboard has marks and abrasions throughout in line with the artist's working practice and materials. Some light spots of staining to the backboard in places and some specks of matter and surface dirt. The raised board appears to be in excellent condition. Some rubbing to extreme edges and rounding of the lower left and upper right hand corners. Some surface dirt and specks of matter. Overall the work is in excellent condition. UV light inspection reveals no evidence of any retouching or restoration. A few spots of fluorescence in the lower portion of the artist's backboard, these appear to be original pigments. Held under glass in a gilt wooden frame.


Please contact Bryn Sayles on bryn.sayles@sothebys.com if you have any questions regarding the present work.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Gifted by the Artist to Madge Murray, Bramley, 17 May 1945
New London Gallery, London
Marlborough Fine Art, London, where acquired by Mr and Mrs Edward Marcus, Dallas
J. Zieglec Esq., U.S.A.
Crane Kalman Gallery, London, where acquired by the present owner January 1986
Bern, Kunsthalle, Ben Nicholson, May - June 1961, no. 49, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue n.p.
Dallas, Museum of Fine Arts, Ben Nicholson, April - May 1964, no. 24