Modern British Art

Paintings, sculptures and prints made by 20th century British artists. Big names in this sector include Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash and LS Lowry.


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Plea for help to trace missing Lucie Rie ceramics

21 October 2021

A group of Lucie Rie (1902-95) ceramics bought at auction in 1997 has been stolen from a home in north London.

Henry Moore sculpture

Henry Moore heads strong Mod Brit showing

18 October 2021

Small bronzes form part of a group of sculptures underlining the market demand at regional salerooms.

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‘Exceptionally rare’ Tippett works at auction

18 October 2021

Another studio sale bringing attention to an artist whose work rarely appears was held at Dreweatts (25% buyer’s premium) via a timed online auction of pictures by Bruce Tippett (1933-2017) that closed on September 16.

Bernard Leach dish

British studio ceramics feature in US collection coming to auction

18 October 2021

The studio pottery collection of the late US dealer Dr John Driscoll will be offered at Phillips in conjunction with specialist Maak.

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Barns-Graham personal collection on offer

18 October 2021

Among the highlights in terms of Mod Brit sales this autumn, Lyon & Turnbull will offer the personal collection of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004) .

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Whone works in demand, whether Glasgow or Yorkshire

18 October 2021

A number of works by musician-artist Herbert Whone (1925-2011) have generated notable interest over the course of 2021.

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Sex education: female artist focus at London auction

18 October 2021

Bonhams becomes latest saleroom to hold auctions dedicated to works by women.

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How a studio sale can transform the market

18 October 2021

It is certainly not unheard of for a studio sale to transform the market for a Modern British artist.

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Prints trigger Rego’s imagination

18 October 2021

A Paula Rego (b.1935) print was among the works bringing interest at a charity sale held by Dorchester saleroom Duke’s to support a disability centre.

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Latest instalment of London Art Week online events kicks off with focus on the Bloomsbury Group and Charleston

16 October 2021

London Art Week's third instalment of Art History in Focus returns with online talks, themed editorials and live exhibition tours.

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Thompson’s opens third gallery

11 October 2021

Thompson’s Galleries, specialist in Modern and Contemporary British art, is opening a third exhibition space this October.

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A Henry Moore sculpture and a 19th century state carriage are among six lots to watch

11 October 2021

With estimates from £400-80,000, here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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Frink tribute emerges from a bungalow

04 October 2021

John Rolfe from Wotton Auction Rooms had been asked to undertake a valuation for probate in a bungalow near Salisbury when he made an intriguing discovery.

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Pasmore ‘thank you’ in art form

04 October 2021

This work by Victor Pasmore (1908-98) was given by the artist to Gordon Ryder, one half of the Newcastle architectural practice of Ryder and Yates.

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Bernard Kay group tests state of the market

04 October 2021

The English painter and engraver Bernard Kay (1927-2021) became an established name in the 1950s-60s British art scene but he has never had much of an auction presence.

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Henry Moore rocks up to Connecticut

04 October 2021

Two works by Henry Moore (1898-1986) will feature in the sale at Shannon’s in Milford, Connecticut, on October 28.

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A market on the move

04 October 2021

Post-war and Contemporary art is increasingly boosting revenue at regional salerooms

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Still-life sets a record for Aldridge

04 October 2021

An auction record for John Aldridge (1905-83) was set at Lacy Scott & Knight (22.5% buyer’s premium) when a crisply painted still-life drew the attention of six phone bidders.

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5 Questions: Ian Grutchfield

27 September 2021

Ian Grutchfield is venue director of Hadleigh Old School, a new art space in Suffolk.

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Knight time in the Malvern Hills

27 September 2021

Modern British artist Laura Knight’s lesser-known landscape works still form a significant body of work

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