Old Master, British & European Art



The sale covers works dating from the 15th century to the beginning of the 20th century, including prints, works on paper and oil paintings. Our Old Master, British & European Art sales offer a fascinating mix of styles and periods from early portraiture, still lifes and landscapes, portrait miniatures, golden age watercolours, maritime art, through to Victorian, symbolist, Impressionist, Pre-Raphaelite and the Belle Époque, and with estimates starting from £400, there will be something for every pocket.

Within the market for Old Master, British & European Art, Sworders holds several notable successes, including a John Constable oil of Dedham Vale selling for £91,000 including fees in December of 2020. Other highlights include the works of celebrated artists such as Thomas Hudson, Allan Ramsay, Peter Monamy, Montague Dawson, Edouard Moyse and John William Waterhouse.

Sales are held twice per annum and all sales are available for live internet bidding on our Sworders Live platform, for which bidders pay the same as they would as if they were bidding in the room, as well as listed on other leading international platforms.

With a commitment to diligent research and precise marketing, we guarantee that every lot is presented to its best advantage, ensuring that it receives the attention it deserves, maximising the opportunity to achieve the highest possible sale price. With decades of expertise, our specialists can offer unrivalled advice to both buyers and vendors. Please get in touch for a free valuation without obligation. Home visits can also be arranged.

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Results & Highlights

Jane Oakley & Sylvia Ewen - Old Master Department


Our specialists

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. 

Amy Scanlon

Amy Scanlon
Head of Paintings

T: 01279 817778
E: amyscanlon@sworder.co.uk

Andrew Bowyer

Andrew Bowyer
Fine Art Consultant

T: 01279 817778
E: paintings@sworder.co.uk

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