The Irish sculptor F.E. McWilliam was among four artists to achieve new auction records at Christie’s in London tonight. There was new records for McWilliam, Dame Barbara Hepworth, Elixabeth Frink and John Craxton. African Figure, a carved wood piece by McWilliam sold for £266,500. Hepworth’s Figure for Landscape sold for £4.1 million. The Modern British and Irish evening sale achieved £21.3 million. Sir John Lavery’s portrait of Anna Pavlova as The Swan sold for £158,500.
Christie’s hailed these results, saying the market is buoyant. Directors André Zlattinger and Rachel Hidderley commented: “The market for British Art has never been more buoyant. The results of the ‘Modern British & Irish Art Evening Sale’ were the highest ever achieved for a various owner sale in the category and reflect the continued demand for 20th century British & Irish Art from collectors across four continents.
The modern British and Irish day sale takes place on June 26.
(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for June 13 and June 12, 2014).