Sought-after sculptures led the Modern & Post-War British Art sale on 9 and 10 June 2015, with impressive works by Lynn Chadwick, Henry Moore, Kenneth Armitage and Dame Elisabeth Frink attracting strong international interest. With continued successes for works by L.S. Lowry, Sir Winston Churchill, Winifred Nicholson and Patrick Heron, the sale set new auction records for Cecil Collins, Spencer Frederick Gore, Michael Kidner, Alan Green and William Turnbull, whose Lotus Totem sold for a world record £701,000.
Featuring an exciting selection of fresh-to-market works by some of Britain’s most sought-after artists, the sale has a strong emphasis on important sculpture, led by Lynn Chadwick’s monumental Teddy Boy and Girl, with further works by Henry Moore, Sir Jacob Epstein, William Turnbull and Sir Anthony Caro. There are some outstanding early paintings including a beautiful urban landscape by Spencer Frederick Gore, a rare painting of troops departing for the Front by Sir Winston Churchill, and an important private collection of paintings by Winifred Nicholson.
Following the extraordinary success of the A.J. Thompson Collection last year, Sotheby’s continues to lead the market for Lowry and The Church in the Hollow by the artist seems to distil into one single glance down a hilly terrace street the full experience of life in the industrial city. The sale also includes some wonderful Post-War abstract works and Patrick Heron’s impressive Lemon into Cadmium – Ochre into Black: April - May 1959 is an exceptional example.