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20th Century and Contemporary Art Auction Preview

Daniel Goddard (Head of Pictures) previews the upcoming 20th Century and Contemporary Art Auction being held in Exeter and Online on Tuesday, 25th May 2021 with in person viewing of the tremendous array of 20th Century and Contemporary Art on offer, including paintings, furniture, glass, jewellery and ceramics amongst other forms.

Alan Cotton (b 1936) - Morocco - Deepening Shadows in the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass (CC5/148)
        offered in our One Day 20th Century and Contemporary Sale starting on 25th May 2021
        at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Alan Cotton (b 1936) - Morocco - Deepening Shadows in the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass (CC5/148) offered in our One Day 20th Century and Contemporary Sale starting on 25th May 2021 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

20th Century and Contemporary art and design is now a firm fixture in our auction calendar, and on Tuesday, 25th May 2021 an eye-catching variety of lots go on offer at the salerooms in Exeter. The sale includes Modern and Contemporary artworks across a range of disciplines from bespoke jewellery to designer furniture and modern pictures, sculpture, ceramics, glass and iconic design.

A strong picture section includes a John Bellany (1942-2013) oil titled Woman with Lamb (CC05/167) depicting the artist in the form of a lamb receiving comfort from a woman with a fish on her head! - the fish being symbolic of trade and Scotland's fishing heritage. The painting is estimated at £3,000-£5,000. Among other important British artists represented are two large interiors. One, that includes a self-portrait by John Bratby (CC05/161) and one an intriguing Boudoir Interior by Fred Yates (CC05/158). Each of these has an estimate of £4,000-£6,000. The sale also offers two large paintings by Alan Cotton, the Irish Coast at Co Kerry (CC05/147), estimated at £2,000-£3,000 and Morocco - Deepening Shadows in the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass (CC05/148), estimated at £1,500-£2,500.

John Bellany (1942-2013) - Woman with Lamb (CC5/167).

John Bellany (1942-2013) - Woman with Lamb (CC5/167).

John Randall Bratby (1928-1992) - Self-portrait Playing the Trumpet in the Scullery, Chiswick (CC5/161).

John Randall Bratby (1928-1992) - Self-portrait Playing the Trumpet in the Scullery, Chiswick (CC5/161).

Fred Yates (1922-2008) - The Boudoir Interior (CC5/158).

Fred Yates (1922-2008) - The Boudoir Interior (CC5/158).

Alan Cotton (b 1936) - Co Kerry - The Lane To Dingle Bay (CC5/147).

Alan Cotton (b 1936) - Co Kerry - The Lane To Dingle Bay (CC5/147).

Among the 20th Century and Contemporary Jewellery section are a number of pieces from the workshops of Danish silversmith Georg Jensen. These include a rectangular dolphin brooch (CC05/171) designed by Arno Malinowski and estimated at £150-£250.

The ceramic and studio pottery includes work by John Maltby, who trained with David Leach at Bovey Tracey before establishing his own workshop in 1964. Talking about his own work, Maltby said "... it is imbued with a cautious love of life", and the energetic stoneware sculpture (CC05/247) and the large stoneware dish (CC05/071) offered in the sale have estimates of £400-£600 and £800-£1,200 respectively.

Georg Jensen. A Silver Rectangular Brooch Design Number 251 (CC5/171).

Georg Jensen. A Silver Rectangular Brooch Design Number 251 (CC5/171).

John Maltby (1936-2020) - A Stoneware Sculpture (CC5/247).

John Maltby (1936-2020) - A Stoneware Sculpture (CC5/247).

John Maltby (1936-2020) - A Large Stoneware Dish (CC5/71).

John Maltby (1936-2020) - A Large Stoneware Dish (CC5/71).

The sale is on view at our salesroom in Exeter from 9:00am on Friday, 21st May 2021. We look forward to seeing you, or alternatively you can view the sale here on our website and leave commission or telephone bids by contacting (01392) 413100, or by registering and bidding via the online platforms www.the-saleroom.com or www.easyliveauction.com.

The sale commences at 12 noon on Tuesday, 25th May 2021.

  • Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
  • 20th Century and Contemporary Art Auctions
  • John Bellany (1942-2013)
  • John Randall Bratby (1928-1992)
  • Alan Cotton (b 1936)
  • Georg Jensen
  • John Maltby (1936-2020)
  • Fred Yates (1922-2008)

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