Another obscure name that deserves greater recognition, Hildo (Hildebrand) Krop was the preeminent sculptor of the Dutch "Amsterdam School" a stylistic melange of Art Nouveau and Art Deco that was peculiar to Holland. Mixing Futurism, Modernism and Symbolism, the Amsterdam School is perhaps one of the most underrated expressions of 20th century design. Seen in design mediums as varied as teacups to council flats, it was an expressive style that transferred to all areas. Some of the best examples can be seen in the Tuschinski Theatre in Amsterdam and the Het Schip estate buildings on the outskirts of the same city. Hildo Krop made both small scale artworks such as bronzes but also contributed architectural elements to municipal buildings. His often grotesque interpretations of human and animal forms have a nightmarish but fascinating quality to them, and bear little relation to any of his European contemporaries. We currently have a plaster head for sale that is unsigned but certainly exhibits many Krop characteristics.
Considered a minor artist in his field and barely collected outside of France and Belgium, Edgard Aubry (1880-1943) was born in Chatelet, Belgium but worked in Bouffioulx where there was a community of talented potters especially in earthenware & stoneware (gres). His shapes were fairly simple and range from sinuous at nouveau to geometric art deco, but his glazes were very complex and highly decorative. There is great skill and sensitive handling of these glazes raising the vessels from being merely functional to having artistic merit. Probably deserving to be better know, his work can still be purchased very reasonably compared to some of the bigger names from this period. A great pot of c1920-30 has just been listed on the site with wonderful glazes in whites, greens and browns.
From time to time stock doesn't make it onto the site and I also sell privately or through a well known online marketplace. Just posted on the internet is this great linocut on thin tissue by an artist called Barbara Bonner, who it took ages to track down. I found some information about her in the end in my trusty "British Printmakers 1855-1955" which is a wonderful work, and it appears that she was a second string Grosvenor School artists who also exhibited at the Redfern. The plate is editioned 1/50 but as a not very well known artist it seems unlikely that this would have run to more than a few copies. Still, its a lovely thing, and executed with some skill. If you want to catch it while its available this is the link http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Grosvenor-School-linocut-signed-dated-Claude-Flight-Cyril-Power-Sybil-Andrews-/311280798771?pt=UK_art_prints_GL&hash=item4879c80c33