Signed and designed sales start

Work by some of the world’s most famous and respected designers will be showcased at Elstob & Elstob’s first Signed & Designed sale, taking place on Friday March 5 at 10am.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 10:43 am

Work by some of the world’s most famous and respected designers will be showcased at Elstob & Elstob’s first Signed & Designed sale, taking place on Friday March 5 at 10am.

The event is one of a number of new sales that have been introduced by the Ripon-based auction house as part of its much-increased 2021 auction calendar and will showcase the decorative arts from the Gothic Revival movement of the mid-18th century to the present day.

It includes the popular Arts & Crafts Movements, the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, as well as the Studio Ceramics and Modern Design of the post-war decades. 

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Stars of the sale include pieces by Rene Lalique, Archibald Knox, Moorcroft, Georg Jensen, Tiffany, Cartier and Louis Vuitton, and embrace the full artistic spectrum from paintings and ceramics to furniture and jewellery.

“We have been delighted by the sheer quality and breadth of pieces that have been entered for this sale,” said auction house director, David Elstob.

“It really has exceeded our expectations and we are looking forward to some excellent results on the day.

“This is an area of antiques that is very popular at the moment and we have some incredible examples on offer, representing some of the biggest names in design history.”

Central to the sale is a large collection of Artist’s Proof prints from the family of Chris Prater (1924-1996), co-founder of the world-famous Kelpra Studio.

From its early days as a single-room enterprise in Kentish Town, Kelpra Studio went on to become a tour de force in the design world and produced brilliantly inventive images for many of Britain’s most famous artists, including Peter Blake, David Hockney and Bridget Riley.

The 26 prints in the Ripon sale feature work by a number of leading modern artists such as Joe Tilson, Gordon House and Brian Clarke, and include an Artist’s Proof from Victor Pasmore (1908-1998) entitled Blue Movement and Green (initialled and dated 1980) that carries a guide price of £1,200 - £1,800.

The ‘Signed & Designed’ sale is the first of four such auctions scheduled for 2021 with other sales planned for June, September and December. Bidding at the March sale will be online only.