Modern Design

The Decorative Arts and Modern Design departments hold three specialist auctions a year under the title of Design Since 1860.

Roseberys' Modern Design Department sells carefully chosen artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, including contemporary home decor and furniture. Operating in a thriving sector which continues to show further growth, the department offers works from the early 20th century through to Post Modern and Contemporary design, encompassing key movements from the intervening years, particularly the Post War and Mid-Century periods.

Roseberys' Modern Art & Home Decor Department has a particular focus on important works by key designers, offering specialism in a broad range of categories, including Italian & Japanese ceramics, vases, contemporary home accessories, contemporary home decor, decorative art in modern interiors, furniture, glass wall art, and more.

This is in addition to metalware by designers such as Lino Sabattini and Georg Jensen, and textiles by Peter Collingwood, Jean Lurcat, and Alexander Calder.

In the field of Furniture Design, Roseberys has offered works by figures such as Robin & Lucienne Day, Ernest Race, and John & Sylvia Reid, among many others. The department also deals with Nordic, French, Italian, and American Design, with past sales including pieces by designers such as Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Ico Parisi, Gio Ponti, Charles and Ray Eames and Isamu Noguchi.

Our Modern Design specialists also work with further applied arts, offering lighting by the likes of Max Ingrand, Angelo Lelli, and Serge Mouille; glass by Carlo Scarpa, Fulvio Bianconi and Sven Palmqvist; and ceramics by Guido Gambone and Axel Salto. This is in addition to metalware by designers such as Lino Sabattini and Georg Jensen, and textiles by Peter Collingwood, Jean Lurcat, and Alexander Calder.

Key names in Post Modern and Contemporary Design sold by Roseberys have included works by Alchimia and the Memphis Group, alongside renowned designers like Michelle de Lucci, Ettore Sottsass, Mario Botta, Mario Bellini, Shiro Kuramata, Tom Dixon, and Ron Arad.

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Nigel Dawson-Ellis
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