Put a Spring in Your Step | Modern Art & Design | Auction Tuesday 26 April

Modern Art & Design auction - Tuesday 26 April

Our Spring Modern Art & Design sale provides an exciting opportunity to take purchase stylish but affordable works of art from the 20th Century.  These bi-annual sales have become a well-known fixture in the auction calendar and offer a colourful array of modern art, glass, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, lighting and furniture. 

The auction includes a good selection of Studio Ceramics with many estimates under £50, offering a chance to purchase decorative pieces by potters who may become the big names of the future. Vases, bowls and sculptural objects by John Maltby and Richard Batterham, who both sadly passed away recently, are sure to attract interest.  The delightful ‘Medallion Man’ by Maltby, stands just 18cm high, but is instantly recognisable as the work of this modern master.  Art glass is also a popular market, ranging from the clean lines of Orrefors and Whitefriars to the extravagant exuberance of Lalique and Murano.  A Lalique frosted glass dish depicting a maiden surrounded by garlands of flowers will attract collectors from around the world, estimate £200-300.

20th Century fashion, jewellery and silver are also very much in vogue and this sale offers the opportunity to snap up vintage clothing by Chanel, Jean Muir and Ralph Lauren, as well as some unique but affordable statement jewellery.  Among the items of silver, are three very special pieces which were commissioned by the vendor from Harts of Chipping Campden, who carry on the traditions of the Guild of Handicraft.  A stunning sauce bowl with lapis lazuli decoration has been designed in the style of the great Arts & Crafts figure Charles Ashbee, estimate £1,500-2,500.

No room is complete without artwork on the walls, and paintings and prints make up a major part of the auction, with well-known names including Kurt Jackson, John Piper, Ruskin Spear, Allen Jones, Gill Watkiss and John Bratby complemented by many less well-known but equally accomplished artists.  One of the headline acts is an original 1964 James Bond poster for Goldfinger, estimate £5,000-8,000 which will attract interest from movie memorabilia collectors as well as people just wanting a striking focal piece for their home.

With our saleroom located in the heart of the Cotswolds, it is fitting that we have a good selection of furniture by Arts & Crafts makers.  An exquisitely inlaid cabinet on stand, dating from around 1910, by Ernest Gimson, with metal handles by Alfred Bucknell and John Paul Cooper, is a museum-quality piece and carries an estimate of £12,000-15,000.  More affordable is a walnut side table by Peter Waals who was the chief cabinet maker at Ernest Gimson’s workshop in Chalford, Gloucestershire. Simpler in style but no less impressive, with chequer beading and Bucknell handles, this table asks £3,000-5,000.  Moving to the middle of the 20th Century, we are pleased to feature stylish furniture by Ercol and G Plan, as well as the ever-popular Scandinavian mid-century pieces.


Auction: Tuesday 26 April, 10am

View Days: Sunday 24 April, 10am-4pm, Monday 25 April 9am-4pm

Contact: catrin.hampton@chorleys.com


View all news

Auction Alerts

Please select from the list below and we'll send you alerts when catalogues become available. You can update your alerts or unsubscribe at any time.