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.
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).