Modern masterpieces to be offered at Cheffins' Art and Design sale next month

Cheffins will be offering art, furniture, ceramics and glassware from some of the biggest names in the 20th Century at auction on 10th May 2018.

Included in the sale will be a private collection of 54 pieces of Lalique glassware with an estimated value of £45,000 - £65,000. Included within the collection is a highly rare Madagascar pattern plaffonier, or hanging light, which has an estimate of £4,000 - £6,000 and a valuable Archers pattern vase which has an estimate of £2,000 - £3,000.

Martin Millard, Director at Cheffins Fine Art Auctioneers comments: “Lalique has endured as one of the ultimate symbols of French design and luxury with incredibly high demand and strong prices achieved over recent years. The market for Lalique is international, with a large pool of both private collectors and dealers from throughout the UK, France, the USA and Asia.”  

Other highlights within the sale include a comprehensive collection of stoneware including William de Morgan tiles and a collection of Doulton works, principally decorated by the famed and much-collected Hannah Barlow. Similarly, a rare example of a signed Daum cameo glass table lamp is set to make £3,000 - £5,000, whilst a silver butter dish with spoon by Arts & Crafts designer, Charles Robert Ashbee, is predicted to sell for £6,000 - £8,000. 

Cheffins will also be offering a selection of sculpture, including a bronze of fighting elephant seals by famous 20th Century sculptor, Hamish Mackie. Similarly, a trio of works by the young and very talented Edward Waites from Suffolk are set to make around £3,500.  

The pictures section encapsulates some of the biggest names in 20th Century British Art, including Winifred Nicholson, Bernard Dunstan, Glyn Philpot, Christopher Wood, Ken Howard, Mary Fedden, Frank Auerbach and nine works from Valerie Thornton. The highest value painting on offer will be a landscape by Sir Kyffin Williams which is expected to make between £10,000 and £15,000. This is followed by a work from Hassan El Glaoui, the artist who was discovered by Sir Winston Churchill in 1943, and is expected to make from £8,000 - £12,000, whilst two works by British artist Mary Fedden are set to make over £3,000 apiece. Another highlight includes a signed etching by Frank Auerbach which is expected to make between £3,000 and £5,000. There is also a selection of works from Cambridge-based artists including Julian Trevelyan, Michael Chase, Valerie Thornton and John Bolam.

Brett Tryner, Associate, Cheffins comments:“This sale includes works from stalwarts of 20th Century art, with many pictures expected to sell for figures well into the thousands. Until recently interest in 20th century art was reserved for the revered Continental artists such as Picasso and Matisse and homegrown talents were, on the whole, deemed inferior. However, recently there has been much more academic work undertaken in this field, and a few dedicated scholars have curated exhibitions and produced monographs on various artists such as Sir Kyffin Williams who is being celebrated this year in particular as 2018 marks 100 years since his birth. This has created a market for artists such as Mary Fedden, Evelyn Dunbar, Frank Auerbach and Christopher Wood, whose work has seen drastic price rises in recent years.” 

Auction:  Art & Design Sale – 10th May 2018, from 11am Location: Cheffins, Clifton House, 1-2 Clifton Road, Cambridge, UK, CB1 7EA 

For more information, contact the Fine Art team on 01223 213343.

For further media information, please contact Sophie Richardson, PR Manager, Cheffins,or call 01223 271 990.




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