Specialists will be available in our Leeds Office to provide complimentary, no obligation, valuations on any Ceramics and Decorative Arts that you may be considering selling at auction.
Bonhams is recognised as the world's leading auctioneer of British Ceramics. Our internationally renowned London sales take place at Knightsbridge and regularly include early pottery and Wedgwood, 18th century English porcelain and enamels, fine Regency and Welsh porcelain, together with later 19th and 20th century ceramics including Minton and Royal Worcester. We have sold many important collections, including the celebrated Watney Collection and the collections of Milton and Jeanne Zorensky, Billie Pain, Peter Bradshaw, Barbara Leake, Geoffrey Godden, Tom Walford and Leo Kaplan. Our comprehensive illustrated catalogues are in many cases now standard reference works.
The European Ceramics department has unmatched experience and expertise in its field. Uniquely among international auction houses, it holds exclusive, stand-alone sales of European ceramics ranging from the 16th - 20th centuries. We are active and long-standing members of ceramic societies such as the French Porcelain Society, Gesellschaft der Keramikfreunde, the American Ceramics Circle and Amici di Doccia, and we organise regular lectures, trips and handling sessions for our clients. Our specialists are on the vetting committees of major international art fairs and are contributing authors to several books that are standard works in the field. Additionally, we are the first auction house to support scientific research into European porcelain.
The 20th Century Decorative Arts department covers an extensive range of artworks, from furniture, sculpture, metalwares, glass, posters, and ceramics from the 1860s to the present day. Designers and makers from the Arts and Crafts movement, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and modernist periods, such as Demetre Chiparus, Ferdinand Preiss, Josef Lorenzl, Rene Lalique, Emile Galle, Liberty & Co, Charles and Ray Eames, Heals and John Makepeace. Jewellery and silver by Liberty & Co, the Wiener Werksatte and Georg Jensen among others with master studio potters such as Hans Coper, Lucie Rie and Bernard Leach are all included in our London auctions.
We also now offer Vintage Posters in our London auctions, particularly those in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles, depicting glamourous subjects such as travel, ski and advertising posters, by artists and illustrators Alphonse Mucha and Leonetto Cappiello.
If you are considering buying or selling at auction our experts can give you confidential professional advice on all aspects of the market.
For more information or to book an appointment please contact the office on 0113 234 5755 or email [email protected]