Decorative & Modern Arts



A wonderful start to 2018 for Richard Winterton Auctioneers with their inaugural auction of Decorative & Modern Arts as 95% of the goods on offer sold, many above estimate. As the market for antiques versus retro and modern design gathers momentum this auction was very well received by collectors of second half 20th and 21st Century design.

The first 101 lots of the sale were original paintings and prints, including works by Doug Hyde, Alexander Millar, Sir Terry Frost, Lowry, Lawrie Williamson to name but a few. The top selling lot of the auction was achieved by lot 66 a limited-edition print by Laurence Stephen Lowry RA (1887 – 1976).

Known as The Football Match, the print was unusual being of a monochrome pencil drawing, numbered 803 of 850 and signed in pencil, the image measured 26cm x 37cm and sold for £2500. The other two signed Lowry prints, lots 65 and 67, known as The Notice Board and The Beach, Deal, realised £1500 and £1900 respectively.

The second highest price of the auction was achieved by another print, this time the work of Sir Terry Frost RA (1915 – 2003), a limited-edition colour screen print number 39 of 70 and titled “Life is just a bowl of Cherries”, although numbered, titled and signed in pencil it was unmounted and unframed and sold for £2300. There were four other unframed Sir Terry Frost prints in the auction and had all come from the same vendor, they comprised “Black Circle” £600, “The Love Tree” which had suffered water damage £480, “Swing Rhythm” £460 and “Five Black Moons” £850.

The auction also featured glass, ceramics, metal ware, jewellery and bronzes. Items of note included lot 119 a Lalique opalescent 21cm poissons bowl selling for £240 and lot 128 a pair of Lalique “Two Flower” perfume bottles realising £320. An Arts and crafts square glass inkwell with a copper and colourful enamel cover in a copper and brass stand flew above the estimate to take £380.

The work of Doug Hyde did not only appear in print form but also as limited-edition porcelain sculptures, lot 148 “The Usual Suspects” made £200, lot 156 “The Explorers” which was damaged made £100, lot 157 “Cops & Robbers” £120 and “Walkies” £170.

The furniture section of the sale was equally buoyant and saw lot 182 a beautifully designed and handmade infinity cabinet on stand from the workshop of the late Andrew Varah (1944 – 2012) and dating from 2005, sell for £800. Three lots of Robert “Mouseman” Thompson small oak goods were battled over, comprising two cheeseboards, ashtray and bookends, the collective total being £400.

In this profession you never stop learning and as the market changes and modern design becomes ever more popular it is important to keep abreast of new areas of collecting and the flourishing market for certain furniture dating from the second half 20th and 21st Century by designers is a prime example of this. Lot 186 a Greaves & Thomas 1960’s teak framed three-piece lounge suite sold for £750, all the Hille Robin Day designed items exceeded estimates with lot 187 a convertible bed at £650, lot 206 a 6-foot teak sideboard £300 and lot 207 another smaller sideboard at £190. Ercol which is available brand new in some well-known stores is ever popular in the blond elm range of vintage pieces. The brand was represented by several lots in the sale and included an extending dining table with four chairs at £580 and a dressing table took £320.

Overall a fantastic sale with lots of bidders attending in person but many more viewing and buying from the sale via the online option.

The next Decorative and Modern Arts sale will be held on Wednesday 11th April, entries are currently invited with a closing date of 12th March. For further information contact the office on 01543 251081  

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