Sotheby’s first exclusively British auction

By Alice Hancock,
21st March 2014 - 11:14
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Auction house Sotheby’s will hold its first Made in Britain auction next week

From groceries to craftwork, there’s a certain satisfaction to buying British. Sotheby’s have taken note and on 1st April are staging an auction of homegrown Fine Art, prints, ceramics, silver and design.

The auction house’s first ‘Made in Britain’ auction features both giants of the 20th-century art world with notable names including Henry Moore, David Hockney and Bridget Riley, as well as less widely known but equally collectable pieces such as ceramics by London-based potter Gabriele Koch (below).

Borne out of a desire to bring a variety of different collecting disciplines into one auction, the resulting lots reveal the wealth of creativity in Britain during the 20th century.

It’s no surprise that modern design and vintage expert Katherine Higgins told us that she was saving up for it. ‘I’m holding out for Sotheby’s "Made in Britain" auction,’ she said. ‘It’s going to be a celebration of the best of British design through the ages.’

Lots vary from high-priced pieces (as expected) like Bernard Leach’s ‘Pilgrim’ dish (top), which is estimated at £8,000 to £12,000, to more attainable objets such as the adorable 1948 signed photograph by Grace Robertson entitled ‘Frustration, Petticoat Lane’ (£600-£800, below).

Sotheby's 'Made In Britain' auction starts at 10.30am on 1st April. The exhibition of lots is open 9am-4.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 12pm-5pm on Sundays until 31st March.