Sofia Sayn-Wittgenstein: It has become more and more difficult to source works of this calibre. Not only are these pieces in immaculate condition compared to what one typically finds on the market, but also their provenance is hugely important. The Peter Collingwood textiles, for example, come from his personal collection. These are works that he held back from the market while exploring and developing his radical modernist ideas around weaving.
Similarly, some of the Lucie Rie pieces are from her own collection and were retained as the best examples of their type to show to prospective buyers. The Hans Coper section includes a very personal gift to his brother, from who he was separated during Anschluss, the annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany in the late 1930s, which ended up in Argentina (lot 16).
Overall, it is a curated group that is very well-researched and documented. Over time, these stories will remain very important to both old and new collectors.