Modern British & Irish Art

The Modern British & Irish Art department offers paintings, sculpture and works on paper by some of the leading artists of the 20th century, such as Peter Blake, Bridget Riley, Lucian Freud, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and L. S. Lowry. Ranging from early British Modernism to the present day, the category includes British Pop Art, Cornish Abstraction, the School of London, Vorticism and the Camden Town Group.

Achieving landmark prices and strong sell-through rates on behalf of all our clients, Christie’s sold over £81 million of Modern British Art in 2016.  We have led the market for the last 7 years, with a 67% market share in 2016 against our nearest competitor. The market for 20th Century British Art has never been stronger and we expect to see continued exceptional results in the year ahead.

Christie’s regularly holds both Evening and Day sales in this category as well as important single-owner collections.  Our team of Modern British & Irish Art specialists work closely with our 20th century international colleagues, enabling us to leverage our network of buyers and sellers for the benefit of our clients.  Please do not hesitate to contact us for a free and confidential valuation.

Image credits: Sir Stanley Spencer, R.A. (1891-1959), Christ Preaching at Cookham Regatta: Conversation Between Punts, 1955. (detail). © Estate of Sir Stanley Spencer / Bridgeman Images.

Henry Moore, O.M., C.H. (1898-1986), Reclining Figure: Festival. Photograph © Susan Young