Born in Western Australia in 1923, John de Burgh Perceval had no formal art training, but a close association with his brother-in-law Arthur Boyd, helped him develop his artistic talents. After the war he spent some years working for the Boyd family's pottery works in Victoria, emerging from this experience as an accomplished ceramic artist. A member of the Antipodean group he exhibited in the famed 1959 exhibition. In 1962 he went to London for three years and returned to Australia as the first recipient of a two-year fellowship at the Australian National University, Canberra.
John Perceval is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 1969 of 2,280, of which 1,572 (69%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $690,000 for Scudding Swans 1959 sold by Menzies in March 2010. This year 38 works have been offered for sale. Works by John Perceval are held by the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and a further seven major public national galleries (see list below).
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Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…
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