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Decorative Art and Design

Decorative Art and Design Sale

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Contact

01279 817778

Decorative Art and Design Sale

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Contact

01279 817778

Decorative Art and Design Sale

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Contact

01279 817778

Sworders conduct two specialist auctions a year which have quickly become an established part of the UK auction calendar. The Decorative Art and Design sale caters for all budgets with estimates ranging from £50 to £100,000 and, offering many different categories, we target collectors, Interior Designers, Private and Trade clients.

There are three distinct categories within the sale covering Arts and Crafts,Art Deco and Modern Design and Furniture.

Arts and Crafts

Highlights include a piano designed by Charles Robert Ashbee for the Guild of Handicrafts sold for £10,400; a pair of Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson oak bookends sold for £2,200 and a Liberty's Tudric pewter mantel clock sold for £3,400.

Art Deco

This type of furniture and objects sit well within the modern home and we have expanded this section over the last few years and it remains popular with buyer's and vendors alike. Recent highlights include a good Art Deco walnut dining table and sideboard suite £2,300 and an Art Deco dressing cabinet in sycamore and rosewood with shagreen doors that sold for £5,100.

Modern Design

Over the last few sales we have concentrated on growing the Scandinavian Furniture and Design element and we now have a section solely dedicated to these items, contemporary lighting, objects and design. We continue to achieve great results following Finn Juhl's ‘Bwana’ chair selling for £2,200. Many of the items are estimated under £1500 and are well-designed and are a great investment for the modern home.

Pictures

We have over two hundred Contemporary Prints, Watercolours and Paintings in each sale and we see huge potential here for our clients. Recent highlights include a rare etching by Christopher Nevinson, 'Metropolis or 2am, New York' that was sold for £12,600. The Bardfield Group of artists are popular and we have a growing number of collectors in the area searching for pictures by Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Walter Hoyle, John Aldridge, Kenneth Rowntree and Michael Rothenstein. Recent highlights are five lithographs from Ravilious' Submarine series that sold for £13,000 and Edward Bawden's 'Audley End Trees' watercolour which sold for £5,600 earlier this year.

Ceramics

British Art Pottery, Moorcroft, Clarice Cliff, Art Deco Ceramics and Modern Studio Ceramics, are strong within the sales and two fantastic finds, both William de Morgan Chargers, sold for £7,200 and £14,000. A recent sale of a client’s Clarice Cliff collection totaled over £30,000.

Modern Sculpture

Post-War British and Continental sculpture is popular with collectors and Interior Designers and can be fully integrated into schemes in the home or garden. Two major finds have been Barbara Hepworth's 'Two Rotating Forms II' and 'Figure in a Landscape (Zennor)', both from 1966, selling for £250,000 and £80,000 respectively.

Jewellery

Fitting in well with the three distinct sections of Arts and Crafts, Art Deco and Modern Design we always have a selection of affordable and stylish pieces to choose from.

The Stansted Mountfitchet saleroom is well placed for London and East Anglia and has gained a reputation for excellent results for our vendors. Our reputation gives us access to the worldwide marketplace and we sell works to clients internationally. The sale is fully illustrated on our website and we also sell live through three online bidding platforms: The-saleroom.com; LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com For more information, please contact John Black

Recent lots in the sale can be found in our archived sales or on: Pinterest. 

Forthcoming Auctions:

  • Tuesday 27 January 2015 - Entries close Friday 12 December 2014
  • Tuesday 2 June - Entries close Friday 17 April 2015

Please contact for enquiries, sales advice or home appointments:

John Black, 20thcentury@sworder.co.uk, 01279 817778