Chiswick Auctions held its recent successful sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design at its west London centre, with a number of key pieces selling well.
Star lots at the auction included:
A c. 1930s art deco ceramic figurine by Elena Konig Scavini for Lenci, Torino, Italy. The pieces features a standing female figure in orange polka dot dress and hat, looking at a small bird at her feet, terminating in circular base, painted marks under and Lenci paper label.
The piece sold for £9,600, including buyer’s premium.
An unusual Jugendstil gilded bronze table lamp from the 1900s and thought to originate from Austria proved a popular lot. With its lampshade having pine cone finial, embossed with pine cones, and inset with red glass flower form plaques, leading to a tree trunk form stem with a bear inset with garnet eyes at the bottom, supported by organic form base. The item sold for £1,200.
A ceramic sculpture by British artist Grayson Perry showed that demand for his work continues with the piece entitled Red Cross Lion achieving £8,400 including buyer’s premium. Made by the artist circa 2014, the sculpture is in the form of a lion. It has a red glaze decoration on mustard ground and statements on either side reading: ‘Sissy Transvestite Artists Say No To War!’ and ‘Cute Pottery Animals Say No To War!‘. The piece was created specifically for the Red Cross and donated by the artist.
Other works of art that performed well were British artist Ryan Callanan’s Power Pill Square, a carved relief wood panel with yellow enamel paint that sold for £1,680; and an oil painting entitled Santorini by Kenneth Howard that fetched £1,080.
In the furniture section of the sale, a dining table and six ‘heart’chairs by Danish designer Hans Wegner for Fritz Hansen saw strong demand in the room. Made in beech and teak wood, circa 1950 and stamped Fritz Hansen, the lot sold for £1,920. Elsewhere, a pair of Jules Wabb designed brass wall lights from the 1970s made £1,200; a French art deco sycamore abatant bureau, circa 1930, made £1,080; and an arts & crafts chair from Goodyers of Regent Street, London, commanded £720.