20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design | Chiswick Auctions

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design

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

Decorative Art

Glass and ceramics perform very well and regularly feature examples from the Art Nouveau, Jugendstil and Vienna Secession movements.  The 1930’s Art Deco period is well represented with ceramics and glass by makers including Lalique, Moser, Lenci, Essevi and Clarice Cliff.

Venini, Dino Martens, Barovier & Tosso, Orrefors and Whitefriars are among the mid- 20th century glass makers who continue to sell well whilst British studio pottery is dominated by names including Lucie Rie, Bernard Leach, John Ward and Gordon Baldwin.


The Post-War art market remains the second largest after Modern Art globally and there is consistent demand in the sales for original works and prints by recognised names such as Bernard Buffet, Victor Vasarely and Andy Warhol.

Contemporary artists including Banksy, Damien Hirst and Marc Quinn have performed well in past sales and interest in both them and their contemporaries is strong.


The trend for mid-century Danish furniture continues to rise with designs by Hans Wegner, Mogens Kold & Arne Vodder selling well. Designers including Paul Evans and Paolo Buffa and makers such as John and Sylvia Reid for Stag and Robin Day for Hille consistently appeal to buyers. The sales also offer contemporary designs by B&B Italia, Minotti and Capellini.

 Forthcoming Auction

The forthcoming auction of 20th Century & Contemporary Design & Art will take place on the 23rd of January. Entries are invited.
Please contact the department for a complimentary valuation or to discuss the market.

A private collection of Clarice Cliff will be offered for sale Tuesday 16th January at 11.00.

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