Designed to be beautiful as well as functional, objects of vertu are small objects created from precious materials either to be admired simply as works of art or, more often, as luxury items with a practical purpose. The subject includes familiar items such as cigarette cases, scent bottles, snuff boxes, fans, vesta cases, card cases and pincushions plus once fashionable accoutrements such as vinaigrettes, etuis and bonbonnières.
They collectively take their name from the ‘virtuosity’ of their craftsmanship - be it a presentation gold and gem set box from Romanov Russia or a Cartier vanity case made for a 1920s Flapper. Sworders enjoyed huge interest when offering a collection of diminutive porcelain scent bottles made by the Chelsea and St James’s factories c.1750s.
With new interest from around the world, and perfectly sized to appeal to collectors tight on space, this area has recently enjoyed a revival.
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Delve into the captivating life of Warner Dailey, an Anglo-American art and antiques dealer, whose collecting journey commenced in his New Jersey childhood. This sets the stage for a remarkable auction featuring over 300 lots from Dailey's eclectic personal collection, a testament to a lifetime dedicated to the art of collecting.
Join us as we take a look back at the past twelve months, on what has been another successful and record-breaking year, where we have achieved our highest hammer total in our 241 year history.
19 December 2023
Sworders are pleased to present a selection of antique and vintage textiles in our December Fine Interiors sale, including items from the collection of the late Hildegard Heygate.
4 December 2023