Made in Britain: 10 Works Under £1,000

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Made In Britain celebrates the very best in British Art across the disciplines of paintings, works on paper, prints, photographs, contemporary and studio ceramics and design, and with estimates starting from only £200, there really is something from every collector at every price level, whether you are adding to a pre-existing collection of thinking of taking your first steps into building a collection. Click through to see 10 highlights with estimates under £1,000.

Made in Britain
13 September 2017 | London

Made in Britain: 10 Works Under £1,000

  • Patrick Caulfield, Three Sausages, 1978.
    Estimate £800–1,200.
    As one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Patrick Caulfield is known for his bright, bold compositions in which items from everyday life are elevated to the ‘still life’ genre. Whilst his paintings regularly sell for hundreds of thousands of pounds, his screenprints are often available for under the £1,000 mark, and capture the artist’s approach in exactly the same way.

  • Richard Smith, Untitled, 1970.
    Estimate £600–800.
    Known for his paintings, prints and works on paper, Richard Smith rose to prominence in London in the 1960s, inspired by commercial packaging and the bright, bold advancements in American art of the time. Given his first solo exhibition in New York in 1961, Smith went on to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1970, the year that the present work was executed.

  • Allen Jones, Navajo Blanket, 1974.
    Estimate £700-900.
    The subject of a major recent retrospective at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, Jones is one of the last surviving greats of the British Pop movement. Working in both two and three-dimensional forms – including his highly controversial ‘furniture’ works of the late 1960s – Jones continues to draw inspiration from the female subject in his work, seen in the present print , which also makes use of his love of bright, bold colours.

  • Tracey Emin, Untitled, 1986.
    Estimate £700–900.
    Together with her close contemporary Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin is recognised as one of the leading artists of the YBA period, gaining international acclaim for her paintings, prints, textiles and installation works, and showing as part of Saatchi’s ground-breaking Sensation show in 1997. Much of her work is autobiographical in approach, and this rare and early drypoint , executed in 1986 displays many of the hallmarks that later dominated our output.

  • Elsbeth Juda, Henry Moore in his Studio at Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, working on ‘King and Queen’, 1953.
    Estimate £800–1,200.
    During her long life photographer, artist and collector Elsbeth Juda got to know some of the leading figures of the British art scene. Together with her husband Hans, Elsbeth escaped Nazi Germany and fled to Britain where together they worked on the influential The Ambassador magazine. During the 1940s and ‘50s they got to know other leading photographers, such as Norman Parkinson, as well as artists and sculptors, including Graham Sutherland (who at the time was painting the commissioned portrait of Sir Winston Churchill), Peter Lanyon, Kenneth Armitage and Henry Moore . In 2009 Juda recalled “Hans and I had many artistic friends, and I loved working with artists. One was Henry Moore, whom I photographed while he was at work on his sculpture King and Queen, to mark the 1953 coronation. His studio was like an industrial workshop.”

  • Henry Moore, Mother and Child, 1976.
    Estimate £500-700.
    One of Britain’s most popular and internationally celebrated artists, sculptors and printmakers Henry Moore worked, from the 1940s, in all mediums concurrently throughout the course of his life. Coming from the collection of an important Swiss Foundation, Mother and Child – an Artist’s proof aside from the small edition of 15 – captures one of the most popular subjects of the artist’s oeuvre.

  • Chris Keenan, Two Canisters, Executed in the 2000s.
    Estimate £800–1,200.
    Keenan discovered the joy of ceramics whilst in his mid-30s, having previously worked as an actor. He began a two year apprenticeship with ceramicist Edmund de Waal, where he honed his throwing skills. Favouring porcelain, Kennan uses soft, subtle celadon glazes and deep, rich tenmoku glazes, as seen in the present works , which celebrate his distinctive crisp clean style.

  • Victor Pasmore, Points of Contact No.34, 1980.
    Estimate £600-800.
    Victor Pasmore’s early work remained rooted in the figurative, becoming an influential figure in the Euston Road School alongside the likes of William Coldstream, but in the late 1940s Pasmore began to break away and instead looked towards abstraction. Pasmore’s abstract compositions are some of the most stylish and sought-after works in Post-War British Art, and this is matched by an expansive body of printed work that the artist produced, making his art form available to the broadest possible audience.

  • Dame Lucie Rie & Hans Coper, Cup & Saucer, Executed in the 1950s.
    Estimate £800–1,200.
    As two of the most celebrated ceramicists of the past century Dame Lucie Rie and Hans Coper worked together in the early 1950s at Rie’s small studio on Albion Mews in North London and helped to elevate the position of ceramics to that of the fine arts. Both émigré artists – Rie arriving in Britain from Nazi-occupied Vienna and Coper from Germany – their work took very different routes after the 1950s, with Coper becoming focused on more sculptural forms, whilst Rie remained tied to the idea of the vessel within her ceramics that are today celebrated in museums and galleries all across the world.

  • Clifford & Rosemary Ellis, Giant Panda, 1939.
    Estimate £500–800.
    Married in 1931, husband and wife Clifford and Rosemary Ellis became two of the most celebrated graphic designers working in Britain in the first half of the twentieth century, and together the pair worked on numerous poster designs for Shell, The Empire Marketing Board, the Post Office and London Transport. Giant Panda is the original artwork for the 1939 London Underground poster advertising London Zoo at Chalk Farm, Camden Town and St Johns Wood.

    From the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s the pair worked at the Bath Academy of Art, alongside the likes of James Tower, Howard Hodgkin, William Scott and Peter Lanyon.


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