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22nd Aug 2019

An unusual one-off sale being held by Keys Auctioneers and Valuers at the end of the month will see an eclectic collection of 20th century ceramics, post-war art, and designer clothing and handbags from the late 1960s and early 1970s go under the hammer.

Billed as ‘The Sale of the Principal Contents of a Hampstead Flat’, the sale is of the lifetime collection of a former senior librarian at the British Library, who is described as ‘having an eye for 20th century design’.  The now elderly collector is selling the items as she is moving to a care home.

Included in the 284-lot sale are a range of ceramics by makers such as John Maltby, Peter Wright and Christopher James Carter, as well as pictures by Charles Bartlett, Dorothy Searle and Peter Joyce.

Among the large collection of designer clothing in the sale are pieces by Yves St Laurent, Givenchy and Patrick Groenendaal.

“The lady who amassed this eclectic collection had a real eye for post-war 20th century design,” said Keys director David Broom.  “Over the years she furnished her Hampstead flat with modern art and studio ceramics, including much bought from the Stratford-upon-Avon gallery of the late Peter Dingley.

“This is the kind of sale which won’t make huge headlines in the national press, but which will nevertheless prove enormously appealing to anyone with an interest in post-war design.  We are holding the sale at the weekend, because we believe it is the kind of sale will attract bidders who are not habitual auction-goers.”

The ‘Principal Contents of a Hampstead Flat’ sale takes place on Saturday 31st August at Keys’ Aylsham, Norfolk salerooms, and live online at www.the-saleroom.com.  A full catalogue is available at www.keysauctions.co.uk