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Deal sees Degas saved for nation

04 December 2006Written by ATG Reporter

This Edgar Degas bronze owned by the late art dealer Lillian Browse has been saved for the nation in a deal brokered by Christie’s in lieu of inheritance tax. It follows a similar sale recently arranged by the auctioneers that saw the National Gallery acquire two works by Italian artist Giovanni Paolo Panini.

The 22in (56cm) high bronze Préparation à la danse, pied droit en avant will enter the Courtauld Institute after settling £157,500 of inheritance tax, while a William Nicholson still life, also from the estate, will go to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge covering £105,000 worth of tax.

Lillian Browse, who died in December 2005, aged 99, was well known in the art world. She was part of the trio that set up Roland, Browse & Delbanco in 1945 and was known as the 'The Duchess of Cork Street'.

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