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.
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A rare work by the extraordinary Sarah Biffin (1784-1850), an early 19th century artist born without limbs, will go under the hammer in our Fine Interiors auction this December.
26 October 2021
Sworders' Design department is thrilled to present three distinct sculptures by John Maltby in the upcoming two day sale on the 19 and 20 October. Featuring several members of Maltby’s recurring cast, from the humble raven to the monolithic king, these are expected to fetch £1,000-1,500 each.
29 September 2021
Buying prints at auction is a great way to start an art collection. Prints are typically from limited editions, making them more affordable than one-off pieces such as oil paintings. Yet, the printmaking process is highly skilled, each plate onto which the artist creates an image needs to be perfect in order to achieve the desired finish. Eleanor Garthwaite tells us more...
23 September 2021