Our Art & Design May '18 Sale makes over £320,000

On Thursday 10th May we sold £327,000-worth of 20th century paintings, glassware, ceramics and furniture in a show of strength for pieces from the period


Included in the sale was a comprehensive assortment of 54 pieces of Lalique glass which sold for a total of £53,000, with the highlight of the collection, a rare espalion vase, making £4,000 alone. Within the same section, a ceramic charger sold for £5,000, over five times its lower £1,000 guide price. Another headline lot was a silver butter dish and spoon by famous Arts & Crafts silversmith, Charles Robert Ashbee, which was sold for £8,000 to a local collector. Similarly, a Daum cameo lamp which was consigned from Brancaster Staithe sold for £3,000, and three works by well-known local sculptor, Edward Waites were all sold to private buyers.

Lalique Espalion Vase


Martin Millard, Director at Cheffins Fine Art Auctioneers comments: “Buyers for the Lalique collection were a mixture of English and continental trade and private buyers. These items drew a great deal of interest before the sale and the prices achieved are representative of how Lalique has endured as one of the ultimate symbols of French design and luxury. This was a very strong sale from start to finish and the series of privately-sourced, fresh to the market collections drew in a pool of trade and private buyers, resulting in a well-received auction with prices to match.”


The pictures section encapsulated 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 was a work from popular 20th century artist, Winifred Nicholson, pictured at the base of page, which made a stunning £44,000 over doubling its lower estimate of £20,000. A landscape by Sir Kyffin Williams was sold for £14,000, whilst two pictures from popular British artist Barbara Jones were bought by a London trade buyer.

The Hills above Nant Perris, Kyffin Williams


Brett Tryner, Associate, Cheffins comments:

“The prices achieved at this sale demonstrates the strength of the market for modern British artists. Whilst works from the stalwarts of the 20th century such as Kyffin Williams and Winifred Nicholson were expected to generate big ticket sales, there is an emerging market for some of the smaller artists from the period such as Eveleyn Dunbar and Barbara Jones. Up until five or six years ago this group of artists were not making the prices which they are today which is partly due to the amount of academic work which has been done on some of these names but also partly because galleries are now ensuring that they have proper representation across the UK. Many of the pictures offered at the Art & Design Sale were fresh to the market and had strong provenance from local collections which clearly helped to push up values overall. The majority of buyers were UK-based trade and private collectors with very few of the works set for overseas.” 



For further media information, please contact Sophie Richardson, PR Manager, Cheffins on 01223 271990.



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