Client Testimonials

Read what our customers have to say about us...


Sworders guided me through the process of establishing the right pre-sale estimates that reaped the benefit on sale day with exceptional results. It’s been joyful seeing Elveden Hall furnished again, and looking so good, with many visitors. I sincerely hope all of the bidders enjoy their purchases as my family have done.’

Edward Guinness, 4th Earl of Iveagh 


You may be interested to know that I also made online enquiries with Bonhams and Phillips. Each responded “We will get back to you ………”, but neither of them have.  The message seems to be: if you want to get something done, go to Sworders!

Howard Cropp


From my years of buying and selling at a lot of the major auction houses I can happily agree that Sworders is the best. 

Testimonial from a buyer


With reference to your recent and very successful sale, I have known Dick Turpin as a fellow dealer, friend and sparring partner for as long as any member of the trade, and I know he would have revelled in the presentation of his collection catalogue. It has the glamour of one of his neckties and the same careful research as his own ticket descriptions. A great Sworders team production and a worthy credit to a great character. With the help of this souvenir the legend will indeed live on.

John Bly


We were impressed with the Sworders team throughout – with the care they took in identifying items for sale and overseeing their removal from Dick’s flat, with the pre-sale viewings and marketing of the sale, and ultimately with an excellent result in the sale room.

Richard Berns & Mark Giddens | Trustees of the Maurice Turpin Will Trust


Daniel has been a valuable and trusted advisor on many occasions, both in the valuation of personal possessions for individuals and estates, and also in their disposal whether by auction or private sale. He and the team at Sworders are able to deal with all manner of assets, offering experience and reassurance to me, my colleagues, and mutual clients. I would always recommend him for valuations.

Alastair Liddiard | Partner, Private Client Department - Longmores Solicitors


Could I congratulate you and all the team at Sworders for all your hard work regarding the sale. We would never had managed to complete this enormous task without your help.

Clive Bullimore


The items, the photography and particularly the presentation, are a joy to see...I delight in seeing your catalogues online, not only are the items in the sale a pleasure to see, the way that they are displayed and photographed is exceptional and most worthy of great praise. 

Testimonial from DL 


Sworders is very lucky to have administrator Janice in the team. Being based in Boston, Massachusetts, I emailed very last minute to request a telephone bid. I had barely had the opportunity to fully register my details with you so doubted my request would be granted. Janice got in touch with me the morning of the sale, at what would have been its most chaotic time, and went above and beyond to arrange my bid for me. A stark contrast to an experience with one of your competitors the following week. Thanks to Janice, my experience with Sworder's was the best I've ever had, and I have bid in most of the major auction houses of the world. I shall think of this positive experience whenever I look at the lot, which arrived today, and will look forward to doing more business with Sworders in future.

Testimonial from Tim Sullivan


I have purchased a couple of items from you in the past... and have dealt with many auction houses over the last decade.

My recent purchase was handled superbly, and positive and proactive thinking on your team’s part has made it a lovely experience.

Testimonial from S O'Neill


Thank you for the good job you did in selling my lot…you were persistent and seemed to have real faith in the rarity, quality and unusualness of this lot and were prepared like a surgeon to extract every bit of it in such a skilful convincing way that it made a very satisfying price indeed and I am truly grateful.

Testimonial from Warner Dailey


I wanted to say thank you for all your help in selling my consignment, and what a brilliant hammer price was achieved, it was certainly an exciting couple of minutes to watch.  We were not drinking in January but made an exception on Tuesday evening, it was an evening to celebrate!! Sworders have been brilliant, I can’t thank you and everyone there enough.

Testimonial from V.F


We are both in shock with the sale of our Chinese Brush Pots and can’t thank you enough for your realisation that they were something special. Your specialist knew they were rare so a big thank you to her as well. Thank you for all you have done.

Testimonial from a vendor


Sworders is an auction house that looks after their buyers and sellers. A highly recommended auction house.

Testimonial from June Krikorian


I just wanted to thank you for the publicity you very kindly gave my autograph book in your Design sale.  I was thrilled with the price it achieved, it was quite unexpected, and I am sure it only made that price because of the promotion you did for it, so very well done, keep up the excellent work, and thank you once again!

Testimonial from Sue Joseph


We are totally blown away by the results, fantastic job, well done. We are both so impressed by the research that has been done into the items, resulting in a comprehensive description and consequently the results speak for themselves. We are so pleased thus far. 

Testimonial from Robert and Lynda Crofts


Thank you for making attending a saleroom virtually ALMOST as much fun as being there live… whilst hunting for a tourmaline ring online a couple of months ago, I came across Sworders. It was a revelation - and particularly when lockdown has made being together so difficult - to almost feel you were in the room.

Testimonial from A Devereux


Divesting oneself of the entire contents of a home - selling up - is a challenging business.  When this means disposing of a lifetime's collecting from a large house, it is traumatic.  Having seen Sworders' catalogues, I felt that they were the people to help and they were.  Enormous trouble was taken to photograph and arrange what was to be sold and to make sure through their marketing and PR departments that an appropriate audience was reached.  The result was a huge success.

Testimonial from Sally Hunter


Thank you very much.

You are a superb organisation to buy from and many other auction houses, from which I buy, do not come close to your level of service.

Testimonial from Tim M


I ‘m speechless with wonder.
And so grateful.
I can hardly believe it!

Testimonial from Dame Sian Philips

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for all your help and advice when selling our furniture.  The professional, expert and committed service from Sworders was invaluable in guiding us to a successful sale.  The photographs and descriptions in your catalogue excellent, and everyone involved in assisting us were supportive and knowledgeable.  We would not hesitate in recommending Sworders.

Testimonial from Nick & Janet Humphries 

We recently found that, in selling our collection of fine art and antiques, Sworders continue to deliver a very personal, caring and professional approach to everything they do.  They could not have made it easier to work with them once we had decided to dispose of numerous articles collected since marrying over thirty years ago. We are delighted that we took our decision to sell things now rather than defer things until an uncertain future point in time.   Having waved goodbye to numerous items we find we do not miss them at all!   Our home very much remains our home - no regrets!

Testimonial from Bryan Steele

I want to thank Sworders for a fabulous result in the auction sale of the principal content of Alderley House. The entire team have worked tirelessly to ensure that every detail was taken care of from the logistics associated with the delivery of over 500 lots to the documenting and photography of each individual piece, the publicity associated with the auction, the set up in the show rooms to mirror the entire house, and then the auction itself. A truly professionally team who are all passionate about getting a great end result and who you can trust 100% to look after you in every respect.

Testimonial from Victoria Grace Day

I am delighted with all the sales to date that Sworders has been dealing with on my behalf and please thank Guy very much indeed.

Testimonial from Annabel Ridley

One thing is sure. Sworders are the kindest auction house we have ever visited!

Testimonial from a European vendor

Very well organised sale. Shane was great, well organised and extremely helpful and professional. Very well done given the technical difficulties on the day, you managed it really well, cake and coffee were appreciated. I brought my accountants who are based in Royston - you've got two potential new customers for both art and furniture!

Testimonial from Pauline Amphlett

This is the first time we have bought from you, hope to do it again. Great website, so easy to navigate, great premises and very helpful staff. Great experience!!

Testimonial from Peter Cornwell

I thank you for your personal service and advice and the fact that Sworders keep in contact and are prompt with their valuations, informing me of the date of the auction and the hammer prices on the very same day. 

Testimonial from a vendor

Many thanks for your swift response to my enquiry, a record from an auctioneers much appreciated!

It really helps on my decision & I will leave a bid via my account.

Testimonial from David C

Thank you very much for all of the work you and your company have put into the sale. We were simply delighted. I appreciate your role particularly in securing the buyers interest. I also appreciate the skill of the auctioneer on the day and the people in the reprographics department for the brilliant photography. Please pass on my thanks.

Testimonial from MD