Sotheby's upcoming auction offers the perfect opportunity to acquire works by some of the century's most celebrated and sought-after artists and makers
Sotheby's upcoming auction, Made in Britain, brings together works by some of Britain's most celebrated artists, such as David Hockney, Lucian Freud and Bridget Riley, and will include painting, photography, studio ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. The sale spans over seven decades of post-war artistic production from the St Ives Artists to the London School, and from the YBAs to sought-after names working in present day – including a number of Scottish artists. Sotheby's Scottish Art specialist, Thomas Podd, explains: 'Artworks by Scottish artists and designers are at the very core of the 20th century British art scene and we have seen a huge uptake by Scottish collectors who are keen to acquire works by the likes of John Bellany, William Gear, Alan Davie, Peter Doig, Alison Watt and many more.
Bert Hardy: The Gorbal Boys, 1948, estimate £2000–3000
'I think in a modern collecting world it is important to present a curated selection of works that can appeal to buyers on different levels and at different price points. There is something for every collector in our Made in Britain sales and it's really pleasing to see Scottish artists strongly represented. A personal favourite in the sale are pieces by Scottish studio ceramicist Jennifer Lee who comes from Aberdeenshire and studied at Edinburgh College of Art. Studio ceramics is an expanding area of the art market and we've seen prices rocket in recent years. Another highlight is a Bert Hardy photograph of two young boys in the Gorbals from the late 1940s – there's just so much character captured in the image. Alongside these works, there are some fantastic paintings by some of Scotland's most renowned artists such a Craigie Aitchison, John Bellany and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham.'
Craigie Aitchison: Red Bird, estimate £6000–8000
The breadth of these works presents an opportunity for both established collectors and those wishing to begin a collection to acquire exceptional pieces, and demonstrates that the market for works by Scottish artists continues to go from strength to strength. Works from the Made in Britain sale will be exhibited in the New Bond Street Galleries at Sotheby's in London before the sale, which takes place on 17 March.
A collection of artwork from Britain's most celebrated artists, including David Hockney, Lucian Freud and Bridget Riley. Featuring painting, photography, studio ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. The items will be auctioned on 17 March.