Encompassing art and design, objects, ceramics, pictures, as well as ephemera, toys, posters and collectables from a period that used new techniques, new styles and new materials.
This period saw the race for space and the moon and saw explorers reach new depths and heights to conquer the last parts of our unexplored planet.
Conformity was thrown out - the new generation wanted something different. Music developed quicker in this period than ever before which rolled out Rock ‘n’ Roll to Punk. Fashion saw a shift from the clean lines to the crazy psychedelic colours of the 1960s’ counter-culture. From Buddy Holly to the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix to Ziggy Stardust, Teddy boys to Glam Rock.
Technological advances helped new architectural styles and buildings, develop in a way never thought possible from the Skylon, in the Festival of Britain to the Sydney Opera House in Australia. The first computers commercially successful were developed and the world saw the awakening of a network technology that would ultimately emerge as the world wide web.
Brionvega, Sony, Hitachi and Braun all became household names through their electrical products that became widely available to millions. From rationing to the new techniques in farming practises the world saw a revolution in how the world was fed, how food was stored and how food was eaten. Families sat eating ‘Fast Food’ and ‘TV dinners’ while watching the greatest nation on earth lose a war in Vietnam. The great TV shows such as Star Trek, Monty Python and Thunderbirds emerged as favourites and James Bond, Hitchcock’s Psycho and Kubrick’s 2001 Space Odyssey defined a new style in film. New stars were born and were followed by the ‘Beat Generation’ such as James Dean and Marlon Brando.
Plastic became the material of choice in furniture, sculpture and fashion. Studio pottery became more sculptural. And metal was cast and moulded into unbelievable forms.
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We are thrilled to share the exciting news that Alex Froggatt has been appointed as Glass & Decorative Arts Senior Specialist within our esteemed Design team. With an impressive background in the field, Alex brings a wealth of expertise and an undeniable passion for the world of glass art.
15 January 2024
Our January sale features an incredible selection of modern and contemporary Design from the collection of Rabih Hage. Throughout his career he has worked with, and collected some of the leading names who this era of Design history is sure to be remembered for.
5 January 2024
Join us as we take a look back at the past twelve months, on what has been another successful and record-breaking year, where we have achieved our highest hammer total in our 241 year history.
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