20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design

James Nurse

Head of Department


James has over 20 years of experience selling 20th century and contemporary art and design. Initially specialising in mid-century furniture, James’ expertise now extends to include art, ceramics and sculpture from the early 20th century through to the present day.

The next dedicated auction will take place on Tuesday 11th July 2017.

Specialising in objects, art and furniture from the 20th century to the present day.

To request a complimentary and confidential valuation please send images of your items to Head of Department, James Nurse.


Specialising in offering rarely seen and privately owned individual works and collections, the department continues to witness exponential growth reflecting the rising demand for 20th century and contemporary art, sculpture, ceramics and furniture.

Highlights have included original artwork by Chafic Aboud, Keith Haring, Keith Vaughan  and a watercolour by Sean Scully. The print category has also produced good results by Alexander Calder, L.S. Lowry, Howard Hodgkin and Terry Frost, as have the more contemporary works by urban artists such as Banksy, Pure Evil and Paul Insect.

Glass and ceramics have performed well such as an early Venini Bullicante glass vase c.1930s, an Italian Lenci figure, Rene Lalique glass and Studio Pottery by Lucie Rie, Ewen Henderson and Hans Coper. We are always looking to consign Scandinavian glass and ceramics, Murano glass, and popular British makes such as Clarice Cliff, Moorcroft, Whitefriars among others.

We have sold signed Paul Evans furniture c.1970 and also welcome Danish 1960’s furniture by Hans Wegner, Mogens Kold and Arne Vodder to name a few. Makers such as John and Sylvia Reid for Stag, Robin Day for Hille, Paolo Buffa  and French 1950’s – 1970’s furniture are always popular. We also feature contemporary designs by B&B Italia, Minotti and Capellini.


View our past catalogues: 

March 2017 


November 2016 / September 2016 / July 2016 / May 2016 / March 2016


December 2015 / September 2015 / July 2015 / April 2015



A Selection of 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Highlights




We are pleased to have showcased works of art donated by the artists to the Essential School of Painting to raise funds for improvements to the school in the 1st December 2015 sale.

Works included three large oil paintings by Gwen Hardie of which one example is shown below. Please use the link to the Essential School of Painting above for a list of contributing artist.


Highlights from previous sales:




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