This season’s Modern & Post-War British Art sale contains two stand-out Single Owner Collections, both unique in their own ways. Property from a Chelsea Collection represents a broad overview of significant works by many of the leading British artists of the post-war period, including Sutherland, Freud, Craxton, Lanyon and Auerbach, put together over the last 20 years. The second is property from theCollection of St John ‘Sandy’ Wilson, the late celebrated architect and one of the most important collectors of post-50s British art. Friend and crucial early supporter to artists who would become some of the most significant figures of 20th century British art, the collection includes landmark works by Caulfield, Hamilton, Blake, Paolozzi and Hodgkin, never before offered on the open market.
Other highlights featuring in our Evening and Day auctions include seminal works by Burra, Moore, Hepworth and Davie, as well as a strong group of sculpture by the generation of artists – Chadwick, Turnbull, Paolozzi, Butler and Meadows – that took the international art world by storm in the 50s and whose work Sotheby’s Modern British department has championed for the last few years.
We very much look forward to welcoming you to our galleries for the exhibition, which look set to be transformed by the exciting body of works on offer.
The stand-out successes from this November’s Evening and Day Sales fell into two distinct categories: significant works by those Modern British artists such as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth whose collecting-base can be said to be truly international and never-before offered examples of Pop Art from the early 1960s that demonstrated that British art of the period was as innovative and daring as its American counter-part.
Frank Auerbach’s work continued to draw interest from collectors around the globe, particularly the remarkable charcoal portrait of the enigmatic and beautiful painter Sheila Fell, which sold for £253,000, against an estimate of £100,000-150,000.
There were also auction records for two artists – Arthur Jackson and John Wells - at the heart of the avant-garde movements in pre-War London and post-War St Ives, but who are largely under-valued, not least because very good examples come up so rarely.