Bourne End Auction Rooms

Design, Crafts & Modern Art since 1850

Mid-century furniture, modern art prints and photographs, and glass, ceramics and sculpture.

Design, Crafts & Modern Art since 1850 Auction

Furniture always features in this sale, thanks to our close proximity to High Wycombe, home to a number of influential furniture manufacturers and designers, including William Birch and the Ercol factory. Ercol was originally designed by its founder Lucian Ercolani, who was inspired by local design and craft in the Chiltern Hills where he lived and built his first factory in 1920. Merging his Italian heritage with the craft traditions of the Wycombe furniture industry, he produced what is now known as the mid-century style of furniture that supplied iconic London stores of the period such as Heal’s. With a growing interest in this style of furniture, a number of pieces are always included within this auction. We also include a section in the sale dedicated to modern art. From signed limited prints to gallery exhibition prints by some of the top artists of the 20th century. There’s an emphasis on those who expanded their works into the world of design, such as Picasso and John Piper, as well as photographs by leading photographers, and original 20th century art.

The auction caters for all budgets, with estimates ranging from £30 - £20,000, and covers a wide range of items from glass and ceramics to sculpture and furniture, and styles from modernist to industrial.

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Our Design, Craft & Modern Art Specialist

Mark Baldwin has been involved with auction houses and valuations for almost 30 years. During his career, he has gained a wealth of knowledge in a variety of subjects, particularly design and glass. He heads the biannual design auctions which are held alongside the fashion sales.

Free Valuations

To get a free pre-auction valuation, email your images to

Or attend a walk-in valuation day every Thursday and Friday between 9am and 5pm or Saturday mornings between 9am and 12 noon. Or to arrange a free home visit call us on 01628 531 500. For any other questions about our Design, Crafts & Modern Art auctions please call 01628 531 500.