About Sworders

Operating since 1782, Sworders is one of the longest established fine art auction houses in the UK, now conducting over 45 auctions each year. Specialist categories include British and European paintings, Asian Art, jewellery, watches, furniture, silver, 20th century design and modern and contemporary prints.

Our head office and auction rooms are based five miles from Stansted airport, in the village of Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex. The purpose-built, award-winning, eco-friendly premises provides spacious, comfortable auction rooms, over 200 car parking spaces, loading facilities and a sale day cafe. See our award-winning saleroom page for photographs.

Combining exceptional personal advice with innovative, thoughtful marketing and a deep understanding of the world of art and antiques, Sworders operates 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.

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.

We maintain valuation offices in London and Hertford and have a representative in Kent. 

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.