Mid-Century & Modern Design

Mid-Century & Modern Design


The sale in June will encompass 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 plays a huge part in the sale and Sworders have become leaders in the market of selling 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.

Featured in the sale is a collection of British Studio ceramics collected in the last 20 years with works by Dan Kelly and John Maltby.

Highlights within the sale consigned so far are a collection of furniture and a photographic archive from owner of Oscar Woollens, Kurt Heide, the design aficionado who introduced Londoners to the delights of Scandinavian Design.

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British, Scandinavian and Italian Furniture & Design   
Tuesday 23rd June
Entries close Monday 18 May


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Design - Live Online
Design - Live Online
Wednesday, 5th May 2021 10:00
Last consignment: Friday, 19th March 2021

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John Black

John Black
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 20th Century Art and Design sales.

T 01279 817778
E johnblack@sworder.co.uk 

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