20th Century Art & Design

20th Century Decorative Art & Design


Sworders conduct three 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 £100 to £100,000. 

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

Over the last few sales we have concentrated on growing the Scandinavian Furniture and Design element and now have a section solely dedicated to contemporary lighting, objects and design.

Past sale highlights include a piano designed by Charles Robert Ashbee for the Guild of Handicrafts sold for £10,400; a collection of Clarice Cliff totalling over £30,000; Finn Juhl's ‘Bwana’ chair selling for £2,200 and Barbara Hepworth's 'Two Rotating Forms II', selling for £250,000.


20th Century Design Sales in 2020

Arts and Crafts | Art Deco | Modern Design
Tuesday 28 January   
Entries close 13 December

British, Scandinavian and Italian Furniture & Design   
Wednesday 27 May
Entries close 3 April

ARTS AND CRAFTS in the 20th Century
From Gimson to Makepeace
Tuesday 21 July Entries close 5 June

Arts and Crafts | Art Deco | Modern Design
Tuesday 13 October
Entries close 28 August

Lifestyle | Fashion | Design | Art
Tuesday 10 November
Entries close 25 September

Read our Arts & Crafts guide: 

Antique Collecting Guide on Arts & Crafts Furniture co-written by John Black and Ivan Macquisten

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


Learn more

For further information on specific collecting areas, please visit the pages below (hover over the images for more information):



Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940), Throne Chair c.1900

In our 2018 October auction of Art Deco and Modern Design - a Throne Chair, designed by Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940) was sold for £6,027 including premium. Stained wood, copper, bone and inlaid metal, with a vellum circular back and seat. Exceptional craftmanship and a truly iconic design inspired by Moorish, Japanese and Islamic cultures of the late 19th century. 




Our specialists

Our specialists hold regular valuation days. Please contact us for more information, or complete the form below to enquire about the valuation of your items. 

John Black

John Black ASFAV
Director 20th Century Art & Design

John has a degree in Art History augmented by a one year course at Christies, and has 20 years auction room experience. An integral member of our team he has a broad knowledge of the decorative arts, however his principal interest lies in 20th Century Design. John runs our successful Decorative Art and Design sales, held three times a year.

T: 01279 817778
E: johnblack@sworder.co.uk

Request a valuation

If you're considering the sale of your items, we are happy to offer a free online valuation service. Please fill out the form and press the 'Submit' button below. Expect to hear from the appropriate valuer as soon as possible.

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