Encompassing the Modern Design Movements of the Post-War period. A renewed interest in British Design from the Festival of Britain, with the likes of John and Sylvia Reid, Ernest Race through to the Modern Designs of John Makepeace and Mark Brazier-Jones.
Scandinavian Design dominates the market and Sworders have become leaders in the sale of furniture, applied arts, glassware and Jewellery from this period. Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, Nanna Ditzel, Alvar Aalto always feature.
British and Scandinavian glassware designed by Geffrey Baxter at Whitefriars, Orrefors glass, Finnish designed products and even tableware such as knives and forks are collected strongly.
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Next week's auction of Design offers two archetypal side chairs from a truly unique Italian designer - Carlo Bugatti - whose life was filled with talent and tragedy.
14 October 2021
An autograph book with a story so evocative of the British music scene in the early 1960s comes for sale in our Design auction this month. The notebook includes the signatures of three of The Beatles, together with those of Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Dave Clark Five, Cliff Richard, and Helen Shapiro.
5 October 2021
Robert Prenzel was born in 1866 in the Prussian town of Kittliztreben, in present-day Poland. After a four-year apprenticeship, further studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, and another four years of work experience around Europe, he emigrated to Australia at the age of 22. Trained in the classical European styles, he arrived in Melbourne in 1888, where he came to define Australian craft and design throughout the first quarter of the 20th century.
30 September 2021