10 Artworks under £10,000 from Sotheby’s Made in Britain Sale

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Sotheby’s is delighted to present the March 2019 edition of Made in Britain. Featuring the very best of 20th and 21st century British artists and makers, the sale has something for everyone and at every price point, across paintings, works on paper, prints, photography, design, and contemporary and studio ceramics. Here we present 10 of our top picks under £10,000, whether you are just starting out or building upon an already established collection. Click above to see the highlights.

10 Artworks under £10,000 from Sotheby’s Made in Britain Sale

  • Bridget Riley, Untitled (La Lune en Rodage – Carlo Belloli) (Schubert 6)
    Estimate £8,000-12,000
    This screenprint from 1965 belongs to one of Riley’s most iconic stages through which she rose to prominence. That same year she exhibited in ‘The Responsive Eye’ at The Museum of Modern Art alongside artists such as Frank Stella and Ellsworth Kelly. In works such as Untitled (La Lune en Rodage – Carlo Belloli), Riley depicted optical illusions. With these she allowed the viewer to alter their perception depending on the way they chose to interact with the work. Ultimately Riley’s work is inspired by nature in a non-traditional way, ‘For me nature is not landscape, but the dynamism of visual forces—an event rather than an appearance.’ (Quoted in Karl Ruhrberg et al., Art of the 20th Century (2000), p. 344)
  • Danny Lane, ‘Bone’ Dining Table
    Estimate £8,000-12,000
    Measuring at four metres in length, Danny Lane’s ‘Bone’ dining table is a rare monumental example of the Artist’s furniture designs. Early on in his career, Lane recognised the qualities of glass under compression. Achieved by post tensioning steel rods through stacks of glass, it is one of his most iconic techniques, employed here on the legs of the table which luminesce when light passes through. Combined with a larger-than-life central ‘bone’ stretcher, the result is an incredibly strong and elegant design. Examples of Danny Lane’s designs and sculptures are held in the Victoria and Albert museum London, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein and public spaces internationally.
  • Norman Parkinson, Pedigree China and Georgian Silver
    Estimate £6,000-8,000
    Norman Parkinson’s distinctive dynamism and uncommon staging of his fashion shots are perfectly embodied in this photograph. The British photographer, always eager to leave the formal studio behind, has here succeeded in creating a beautiful harmony between the various tones and details of the China and silverware, leaving the main model out of focus and cleverly including a self-portrait of himself in the middle teapot.
  • Peter Collingwood, 2-Dimensional Macrogauze, Model M63
    Estimate £2,000-3,000
    The present work is a superb example of Peter Collingwood’s macrogauze textiles. Collingwood was born in London, and finessed his weaving with Ethel Mairet, Barbara Sawyer and Alastair Morton, before setting up a workshop in London. He exhibited alongside the potter Hans Coper, Barbara Hepworth and Bridget Riley, and led weaving workshops in the UK and USA. He wrote five very influential books about weaving including Techniques of Rug Weaving, 1968. The present work is offered directly from the Artist’s Estate.
  • Richard Hamilton, Microcosmos (Plant Cycle) (L. 39)
    Estimate £8,000-12,000
    This incredibly rare etching with drypoint, aquatint and engraving, belongs to Hamilton’s series Growth and Form. Lullin notes that there were scarcely more than ten impressions printed, all of which were printed and published by the Artist during his time at The Slade School, London. The work features shapes resembling amoebae, anemones and other microscopic life, which were a pictorial response to D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson's book titled Growth and Form (1917). The book carefully studied forms in nature and argued that there were recognisable mathematical structures which can be found in all organisms.
  • Jennifer Lee, Spangled, Coloured Rings and Ellipse
    Estimate £6,000-8,000
    As one of Britain’s greatest living ceramicists Jennifer Lee has, since the late 1970s been exploring the endless possibilities offered by the medium of clay. Having shown alongside Lucie Rie and Ernst Gamperl at the 21_21 Design Sight gallery in Tokyo, and with works held in many major collections across the world, Lee was also the recipient of the 2018 Loewe Craft Prize, celebrating the very best in the global craft scene of today.
  • David Bomberg, Bargee Family
    Estimate £8,000-12,000
    David Bomberg first encountered the bargees – the people who lived on barges on the canals of London – in 1919 during a bicycle ride. The subject fascinated Bomberg and inspired a fresh flourishing of inspiration after the First World War. Several works from this period were offered by Sotheby’s from Ben Uri Gallery and Museum in November 2018 and a major painting from the series , Barges, is in the Tate collection . The present work possesses all the quintessential qualities from the best of the Bargees works – a strong sense of precise geometry, a sculptural weight to the figures, a dynamic composition and Bomberg’s characteristic earthy palette.
  • Gillian Ayres, Untitled
    Estimate £4,000-6,000
    Gillian Ayres, who died last year at the age of 88, was one of the leading exponents of the radical developments in abstract painting dominating British Art in the late 1950s and 1960s. Responding to the work of the Abstract Expressionist painters in America, Ayres and her contemporaries eliminated any reference to the outside world in their work, and instead focused directly on the abstract properties of the paint surface, texture, scale and colour. Her work has been in increasing demand at auction for the past year, and the present work is an dazzling example of her late 1950s output, bursting with colour and beguilingly tactile.
  • Howard Hodgkin, For Bernard Jacobson (H. 38)
    Estimate £6,000-8,000
    An homage to the art dealer and publisher Bernard Jacobson, this complex lithograph with pochoir hand-colouring juxtaposes both vibrant and muted colours. Depicting a balcony in India at night, the yellow forms and blue dots represent banana leaves. The idea came from Hodgkin’s abandoned wish to illustrate EM Foster’s book A Passage to India and was one of the first created by the Artist on the same scale as his paintings.
  • Maggi Hambling, Cascading Wave
    Estimate £8,000-12,000
    One of Britain’s greatest living painters, Maggi Hambling was taught alongside Lucian Freud at Cedric Morris’ and Lett Haines’ East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing. Famed for her atmospheric and evocative depictions of the sea, with churning waves shown through gestural passages of dynamically applied impasto paint, Cascading Wave is the most substantial work by Maggi Hambling to be offered at auction. Impressive in scale and ambitious in intent, Cascading Wave is an outstanding example of Hambling’s energetic seascapes.
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