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Damien Hirst Work Amongst 20th Century Icons

December 2021

A work by Damien Hirst - the “enfant terrible” of the Young British Artist movement, who rose to prominence in the 1990s, is among the highlights at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s 20th Century Design Sale on Thursday, January 6.

Hirst pushes the boundaries of art and good taste with his designs - sculptures of dead animals pickled in formaldehyde and a human skull studded with diamonds.

He is also noted for his series of spot paintings. A limited edition coloured etching, 'Ciclopirox Olamine' (2004) signed in pencil, from a limited edition of 145 is sure to be among the star lots at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. This work has a pre-sale estimate of  £5,000-£8,000.

The sale, put together by valuer, Simon Rayner, features a number of iconic designs and names from the world of 20th century design.

A good furniture section includes a Charles and Ray Eames lounge chair and ottoman, a ‘balloon’ chair by Hans Olsen and a circular dining table by Poul Cadovius.

Other Danish designers are well represented along with numerous light elm Ercol pieces, including two nests of the perennially popular ‘Pebble’ tables.

Those seeking the nifty Ladderax furniture solutions will not be disappointed either.

 As well as art by Hirst works by Mary Fedden, Howard Hodgkin and Graham Sutherland are also included.

The limited edition signed colour screenprint by Hodgkin entitled “Swimming” is guided at £2,000-£3,000.

Among the lighting, along with the expected Anglepoise lamps, is a quirky group of “explosion proof” lighting. This vintage, ex-maritime set, of fluorescent tube lighting has a pre-sale guide of £1,000-£1,500.

Glassware from all corners of the globe including Whitefriars, Scandinavian, Italian and Lalique will also delight salegoers.

For more information please contact the salerooms on 01823 332525.


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