Design at Home at Pure Evil Gallery with Mark Hill
Posted in: News on May 2, 2019.
More than 200 lots spanning across the 20th and 21st century formed part of our extraordinary Design at Home sale in London this month.
Dawson’s enjoyed their first successful collaboration with world famous street artist and gallery owner Charles Uzzell, aka Pure Evil. Set against a backdrop of Pure Evil’s trademark tongue and cheek style of contemporary art, the DAH catalogue boasted some big names such as Banksy, Tracey Emin and Peter Howson.
The collection of furniture, sculpture, artworks and objects curated by our specialist Mark Hill fitted in perfectly with the aesthetic of the East London gallery, attracting attention from all over the globe.
The current influx of interest for works by the late American artist, John Hubbard, showed no signs of slowing down, with his abstract impressionist work, ‘White Afternoon’ selling for £7,936 (plus buyer’s premium).
Whilst works by home-grown talent such as Banksy and David Smith exceeded their estimates, it was Russian sculptor Stephan Erzia’s ‘Head of a Woman’ that stole the show. With a flurry of international bids both online and on the phone, the unusual carved quebracho wood bust sold for £42,191 (including BP). Erzia, known for his works that adorn the interiors of Churches in the Volga area of Russia, became known internationally as the ‘Russian Rodin’ or the ‘Russian Michelangelo,’ and is considered one of Russia’s most prestigious artists.
Other highlights on the day included a late 1960’s Italian Cassina set of four 925 chairs and matching coffee table, selling for £2232 (incl. BP), a Oliffe Richmond ‘Mirror Figure’ sculpture for the same figure, and a 1960’s Piero Fornasetti mirror for £1860 (incl. BP).