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Modern Design

Our Modern Design department values and catalogues items ranging from the styles of the late 19th century Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movements, through Art Deco, the Scandinavian and other mid 20th century retro styles, to the contemporary designs of today. Comprising many designers such as Archibald Knox for Libertys, Clarice Ciff, Lalique, Heals, Alvar Aalto, Eames, Harry Bertoia and Philippe Starck, to name just a few.

We include a specialist design section in our annual sale of Period fashion, jewellery, fine art and design in December, and examples also appear regularly in our monthly antiques and collectable sales.


Next Specialist sale of Period Fashion and accessories, Jewellery, Fine Art, and 20th century Design

4th November 2015 Wed. 10.30am
Viewing dates:- Tues 3rd November 9.30am – 7.00pm
Wed 4th November 9.00am – 10.30am

Deadline for consignments to the Period Fashion & Design sale – 21 October 2015



Mark Baldwin

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Hugo Lemon

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Departmental Highlights

226 (2) Feb 2014Hammer Price £2700 : One of a pair of signed Ludwig Miles Van der Rohe stainless steel and leather Barcelona chairs, for Knoll.

Hammer Price £220 : G Leroy – an art nouveau brass table lamp having glass plaques and pierced shade on a moulded base, signed.

Hammer Price £100 : A 1930s art deco chrome and pink glass light in the form of an aeroplane, along with another art deco chrome table light in the form of a sailing vessel.

To be sold Dec 3 2014 sale : Diamond chair c 1960s.

64 1 dec 2010Hammer Price £2800 : Alvar Aalto for Finmar – circular table with ebonized top and four matching chairs, with factory label (table top re-lacquered).
102 Feb 2012 (3)Hammer Price £220 : An arts & crafts copper wall hanging candle holder, the back plate with smoke cap and inset blue Ruskin plaque, 16″ long.
26 aug 2014 (2)Hammer Price £1600 : A Gordon Russell arts & crafts ‘simple oak dining table’, paper factory label to underside of top, reading designer Gordon Russell, foreman Edgar Turner, cabinet maker H J Mann & F Lishman, design No 202, date October 8th 1929.
15 feb 2014Hammer Price £850 : A Liberty & Co oak occasional table designed by Edwin T and Edwin S Hall circa 1924. The table was made at Liberty’s own workshops in Highgate for the new cafe at Liberty & Co’s Tudor building in 1924.