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We at Sworders have had particularly close ties with East Anglia and, in particular, Great Bardfield, which is less than 15 miles from our saleroom in Stansted Mountfitchet. As keen supporters of the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden, which has an emphasis on the artists' community which settled in Great Bardfield, we have been keeping a close eye on the progress of our local art movement.
Recent major retrospectives for Eric Ravilious and Kenneth Rowntree at the Dulwich Picture Gallery and Pallant House Gallery in Chichester have played their part in raising new interest in this fascinating group of artists. Our prediction that 2016 would see them take centre stage became a reality with hammer prices well exceeding estimate at our inaugural Modern British Art auction in April 2016. Most impressively was the work by Ravilious, ‘The James' And 'The Foremost Prince’ which sold for a staggering £85,000.
Our Modern British Art department continues to thrive, attracting new audiences to this burgeoning market.
Welcome to the Sworders East Anglian and Great Bardfield Artist Directory where you will find information on the very talented group of artists who resided in Great Bardfield and the area of East Anglia.
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.
Women artists put in a particularly strong showing at our recent auction of Modern British and 20th Century Art. Works by Mary Fedden, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego contributed handsomely to the April 20 sale total of £676,000.
Following Covid's cancellation of the Festival in 2020, the charming Georgian market town of Holt in Norfolk is delighted to be resuming its role as host of East Anglia’s celebration of creativity, Holt Festival, this summer, and Sworders couldn't be prouder to be sponsoring not one, but two art prizes this year.
The impressive collection, charting the lives of an artistic couple, is to be auctioned at Sworders in the Spring.