The 20th Century Decorative Arts department at Bonhams showcases a wide range of glass, metalwares, sculpture and furniture from the period 1860 to the present day.
We focus on designers and makers from the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods as well as Contemporary Ceramics and Glass.
Bronze and ivory sculpture by artists such as Chiparus, Priess and Lorenzl have soared in value in recent years. The market is also very active for Lalique and Daum glass and silver by Georg Jensen and Liberty & Co.
We also offer Vintage Posters in our London auctions, particularly those in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles, including travel, ski and advertising posters from the period, by artists and illustrators such as Alphonse Mucha and Leonetto Cappiello
The Bonhams Printed Book, Maps and Manuscripts department value and auction a wide range of antiquarian and rare books, from early printed books to modern first editions, including incunabula and other early printing, atlases and maps, travel, natural history, historic photography, fine bindings, private press, literature and Americana. In addition the sales contain important autograph letters, historical documents and illuminated manuscripts. All are offered in the most appropriate salerooms, with bespoke marketing to potential buyers worldwide.
The Fine English Furniture and Works of Art auctions at Bonhams feature examples of cabinet-work by leading furniture makers from the late 17th century to the late 19th century. Our sales have included furniture by such distinguished makers as Chippendale, Ince and Mayhew, William and John Linnell, Seddons, Gillows and George Bullock as well as many other eminent makers. Rare colonial pieces are also occasionally included in the sales such as Anglo-Indian and Chinese export furniture, while early oak and country furniture is sold through our Chester rooms. Besides furniture, our auctions also encompass works of art together with tea caddies, candlesticks, desk stands, fire grates, buckets and a variety of boxes. Sales in this category are held up to ten times a year globally, with the catalogues available to view on-line in advance of the printed catalogue. If you are considering buying or selling furniture, a member of the specialist team will be pleased to offer their expert advice by telephone, e-mail or in person.
The Fine European Furniture department specialises in French and Continental furniture from the Renaissance to the late 19th century. Past sale highlights have included stamped pieces by 18th century makers, such as Beneman, Birclet, Boulle, Criaerd, Sageot, Migeon and Beurdeley, Dasson, Sormani and Linke from the 19th century. The Fine European Furniture, Sculpture and Works of Art auctions also feature decorative objects such as sculpture, clocks, gilt bronzes, ormolu-mounted porcelain, ceramics, enamel, pietre dure, micro-mosaics, glass and tapestries. These auctions are held up to ten times a year globally, in London New Bond Street, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco
Bonhams International Jewelry department is a highly regarded and respected force in the global market place achieving top selling results for pieces of fine and rare jewelry from estates and collections. The department sells all types of antique, period and modern jewelry specializing in diamond Art Deco items, large single diamond solitaires and famous luxury designed and signed pieces by Cartier, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels and Andrew Grima as well as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, precious stones and natural pearls.
Our dynamic and well-established team of highly regarded specialists will offer you confidential and professional advice on all aspects of buying and selling at auction.
Bonhams Chinese Art department is renowned for offering the finest works of art representing the richness and breadth of China's artistic heritage, particularly Imperial porcelain, white and spinach green jades, cloisonné and Buddhist art. Specialised international auctions are held globally, including London, Hong Kong and San Francisco.
Bonhams holds two auctions of Greek paintings each year, which include works by Greek and European artists dating from the late 18th century to the present day. Bonhams offers an unrivalled level of service on an international scale whether you need confidential advice on the potential value of your Greek paintings, or whether you are a collector seeking to enrich your collection.
Some past artists whose Greek pictures have sold well and even made records in the past include: Nicholaos Gysis, Constantinos Volanakis, Theodore Jaques Ralli, Pericles Pantazis, Yiannis Moralis, Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, Yiannis Tsarouchis, Thanos Tsingos, Alecos Condopoulos.