Design

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Design

22nd Oct, 2024 10:00

 

Sworders conduct four specialist auctions a year which have quickly become an established part of the UK auction calendar. The DESIGN sale caters to all budgets with estimates ranging from £100 to £100,000. 

There are three distinct sections within the sale covering Arts & Crafts, Art Deco and Modern Design, Furniture, Studio Ceramics, and 1960s Design

Over the last few sales we have concentrated on growing the Scandinavian Furniture and Design element and now have a sale solely dedicated to contemporary lighting, objects, and mid-century and modern 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.

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

Otto Billstrom

Otto Billström
Head of Department | 20th Century Art & Design 

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

John Black

John Black
Director

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

Alex Froggatt

Alex Froggatt
Senior Valuer | Glass & Decorative Arts

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

News & Articles

The Journey of a Dame Lucie Rie Bowl | From Discovery to Record Sale

When conducting the valuation of the late John and Collette Lewington's ceramics, we discovered a remarkable Dame Lucie Rie bowl hidden behind assorted cups. Initially estimated at £8,000-12,000, it sold for £32,500. This piece exemplifies Rie's iconic style, reflecting her journey from Austria to becoming a renowned figure in studio ceramics.

10 July 2024

Vistosi | From 16th Century Mastery to 20th Century Icons

Sworders are thrilled to have several works from one of Vistosi’s finest collaborators – Ettore Sottsass in our 9 July Design Auction. The man who established the Memphis Group, worked with several glassworks, including the famed Venini works.

4 July 2024

Auctioneers Picks | Design July 2024

With over 300 lots, our July catalogue offers a great variety and something for everyone. Ahead of the sale, our team has chosen their favourites from the selection, which spans the Aesthetic Period to Contemporary Design.

27 June 2024