In 1955 Nikolaus Pevsner declared that the English ‘are not a sculptural nation’, and it was not taken seriously for a long period. Within some artistic spheres three-dimensions did dominate and there has been a particular growing appreciation of sculpture, particularly Post-War work, initially led by the likes of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth but now much more widely felt amongst historic and contemporary sculptors. Suddenly collectors and dealers are realising how underappreciated these artists had been in comparison to their painter colleagues and prices have begun to rise.
Lyon & Turnbull, one of the only auctioneers to offer a dedicated department in 20th Century Sculpture, are passionately looking to promote this area and push it beyond the normal bounds of where these artworks are usually considered. We have handled work by many of the leading British sculptors of the 20th Century, including Dame Elizabeth Frink, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Gerald Laing and Anish Kapoor. The artists and periods we cover date from the London Group in the early 1910s such as Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Sir Jacob Epstein, to modernist sculpture of the inter-war period, through abstraction and Pop Art, up to work of living contemporary sculptors.
Our specialist is based in London and is supported by our operations in Edinburgh and our US sister company Freeman’s. We travel nationally and internationally and are happy to advise on single works of art or whole collections. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.