About Sworders

Operating since 1782, Sworders are one of the longest established fine art and antiques auction houses in the United Kingdom. In the 21st century, we combine exceptional personal advice with innovative, thoughtful marketing and a deep understanding of the world of art and antiques.

We hold approximately 40 auctions per annum, including specialist categories such as British & European paintings, Asian works of art, jewellery & watches, furniture and contemporary art and design. For details of the categories of art and antiques we sell, please visit our department pages.

Sworders operate internationally, providing valuation and auction services worldwide. We ensure our client's works are seen, desired, and purchased by the world’s largest art markets in Europe, America and Asia.

We maintain offices in Hertford and Stansted and have a representative in Kent. Our award-winning headquarters and saleroom in Stansted is, we believe, the most beautiful in the UK. See our award-winning saleroom page for photographs.

However, our international reach and commercial success are only part of our appeal. The real reason why our clients choose us over our competitors is the knowledge and approachability of our experts, and the efforts we make to understand and fulfil our clients’ tastes and needs.

Sworders are a member of SOFAA.

SOFAA is the only professional body exclusively representing fine art auctioneers and valuers in the UK.

The Society was formed in 1973 to provide a professional body for specialist firms throughout the United Kingdom. The membership includes leading provincial specialist auctioneers.

The Society aims to provide guidance to its members to ensure the highest possible standards of practice in all regards, and encouragement and reassurance to clients that their best interests will be served at all times.