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20TH CENTURY ART & DESIGN, LATEST NEWS

Sustained Popularity | The Electric Guitar as a Design Icon

In the eighty-five years since its invention the electric guitar has forged and defined the path of popular culture and music, yet whilst spanning an infinite number of genres and wielders, the principal designs of the instrument have remained virtually unchanged since the early 1950s.

30 June 2022

 

LATEST NEWS, PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE, MODERN BRITISH ART

Modern & Contemporary Art | The Colman Collection

After the successful sale of the Bixley Manor furniture and works of art in our June Fine Interiors auction, we are delighted to announce the sale of 20th century paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture from this prestigious collection within our Modern & Contemporary Timed auction, open for bidding from 1st to 10th July.

30 June 2022

MODERN & CONTEMPORARY PRINTS, LATEST NEWS, PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE, MODERN BRITISH ART

We Need Your Help to Bring the Curwen Archive to Life

The Curwen Print Study Centre urgently needs to raise £26,350 to make its extensive archive publicly available for the very first time. Can you help by donating, or spreading the word?

29 June 2022

20TH CENTURY ART & DESIGN, LATEST NEWS

Forthcoming Design Sales at Sworders

We are currently consigning for our autumn auction of Design to be held on Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 October with entries closing Friday 9 September.

23 June 2022

20TH CENTURY ART & DESIGN, LATEST NEWS, FURNITURE

The 'V' Type Armchair Designed by Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967)

Created for government officials in the city of Chandigarh, India, the 'V' Type Armchair was expertly crafted from humidity and bug resistant wood, ensuring they could withstand the test of time.

22 June 2022

LATEST NEWS, BOOKS & MAPS

The Queen’s Swans and How to Spot The Difference

A rare Tudor manuscript designed to help with swan-keeping in the era when mute swans were owned by the English crown comes to auction in the summer. The two-volume manuscript included in our August 23 sale of Books and Maps was used from the 16th to the19th century by landowners in Norfolk and Suffolk.

21 June 2022

HOMES & INTERIORS, LATEST NEWS, PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE, FINE INTERIORS, FURNITURE, SUSTAINABILITY

The Collection of John Rendall

Former Owner of Christian the Lion

A collection of African art, photographs and personal items collected by John Rendall (1945-2022) will be offered across two upcoming sales in June.

7 June 2022

LATEST NEWS, FINE INTERIORS, LONDON, FURNITURE, SUSTAINABILITY

The Paolo Moschino Edit

A group of twenty-two lots from Paolo Moschino's Antiques & Vintage collection will be offered in our Fine Interiors sale on 14-15 June.

6 June 2022

JEWELLERY & WATCHES, LATEST NEWS

The Newlyn Craft Revival

Our June 28 auction of Fine Jewellery & Watches offers a fine example of Arts & Crafts jewellery design, c.1900, from the Newlyn Enamel Studio in Cornwall.

1 June 2022

JEWELLERY & WATCHES, LATEST NEWS, LONDON

From The Astral Plane | Gemstone Talismans by Richard Shaw Brown

Our forthcoming auction of Fine Jewellery and Watches on Tuesday 28 June offers a rare consignment of talisman jewellery designed by Richard Shaw Brown – ex-rockstar, gemologist, author, and widely respected authority on Planetary Gemology.

1 June 2022

LATEST NEWS, FINE INTERIORS, FURNITURE, SUSTAINABILITY

Antique vs New

Most Certainly Not a Carbon Copy

Did you know that purchasing an antique armchair instead of a newly manufactured armchair can save up to 0.16 tonnes of CO2e from being released into the atmosphere?

1 June 2022

LATEST NEWS, FINE INTERIORS, FURNITURE

Georgian Splendour from Longford Castle

A magnificent pair of George II pier mirrors attributed to Benjamin Goodison will be offered for sale in our upcoming Fine Interiors sale on 14-15 June.

20 May 2022

LATEST NEWS, SILVER, FINE INTERIORS, FURNITURE

The Colman Family Treasures

Ninety lots from the home of one of East Anglia’s best-known families are to be offered for sale in our Fine Interiors auction on 14-15 June.

19 May 2022

LATEST NEWS, FINE INTERIORS, FURNITURE

The Gordon Gridley Collection

A Passage Through Time

Sworders to sell the collection of Islington dealer Gordon Gridley in our summer Fine Interiors sale, 14-15 June.

18 May 2022

LATEST NEWS, PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE, SPORTING ART

The British Sporting Art Trust Hosts Sir Alfred Munnings Exhibition

From Tuesday 24 May to Sunday 12 June, visitors to the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket, Suffolk, will be offered a rare opportunity to view a collection of over 40 paintings, watercolours and drawings spanning the 60 year career of one of the world’s most loved equestrian artists.

18 May 2022

ASIAN ART

Seller ‘Shell Shocked’ as 12th Century Indian Bronze Makes £273,000

A 900-year-old bronze figure of a Buddhist deity smashed all expectations to bring £273,000 at our Asian Art sale on May 13.

16 May 2022

20TH CENTURY ART & DESIGN, LATEST NEWS

Inviting Entries | Clarice Cliff & Art Deco

Sworder’s Design department is excited to announce a private consignment of Clarice Cliff Lotus and Isis jugs, to be offered for sale in the forthcoming auction in July, and we now actively seek further examples to embellish the category.

11 May 2022

LATEST NEWS, PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE, MODERN BRITISH ART

The Fry Reopens With Great Bardfield Exhibition Sponsored by Sworders

The Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden, Essex, has undergone a major refurbishment and reopens with one of its first shows supported Sworders.

6 May 2022

LATEST NEWS, PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE, MODERN BRITISH ART

The East London Group of Artists

After securing a record price for John Albert Cooper's oil on canvas ‘Wharfedale After Rain’ in our auction of Modern & Contemporary Art in April of this year, we delve further into the realms of the East London Group of artists, of which Cooper was leader.

4 May 2022

20TH CENTURY ART & DESIGN, LATEST NEWS, SILVER

Ramsden & Carr | Rivalry & Friendship in British Silversmithing

An extraordinary Arts and Crafts silver christening bowl by Omar Ramsden and Alwyn C E Carr will be sold in Day One of our upcoming auction of Design on Tuesday 17 May.


3 May 2022

20TH CENTURY ART & DESIGN, LATEST NEWS

A Material World | Michael O'Connell Textiles to Sell in May

In our forthcoming auction of Design on Wednesday 18 May, we offer 24 striking post-war designs by textile artist Michael O'Connell (1898-1976).

28 April 2022

20TH CENTURY ART & DESIGN, LATEST NEWS

Sworders Pull the Strings as Early BBC Puppets Come to Auction

On Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 May we will sell a remarkable collection of marionettes, theatre props and staging made by John Carr (1884-1971). Some of the puppets were used in the early days of British television, appearing in twenty-one live BBC broadcasts during the late 1930s.

27 April 2022

20TH CENTURY ART & DESIGN, LATEST NEWS

Peter Collingwood To Raise Funds for Ukraine

Our Design sale on May 18 includes a Peter Collingwood wall hanging to be sold to raise funds for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

26 April 2022

LATEST NEWS

James Pope Joins Sworders

Please join us in welcoming our latest recruit - James Pope - who comes on board to support our thriving photography team.

26 April 2022

LATEST NEWS, ASIAN ART

Watch | In Conversation With Raquelle Azran

Specialist in Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art

In our May auction of Asian Art we proudly present a rare consignment of Vietnamese contemporary fine art curated by acclaimed expert Raquelle Azran, with works from ten masters in their field including Phan Cam Thuong, Nguyen Bao Toan and Nguyen Quang Minh. 

21 April 2022

LATEST NEWS, LONDON

Welcoming Madeleine Armstrong to Sworders

We are pleased to introduce Madeleine Armstrong who joins our blossoming team to take over the day to day management of our charming London Gallery in Cecil Court.

21 April 2022

LATEST NEWS, FINE INTERIORS

We Stand With Ukraine

£2,408.70 Donated

Sworders have donated £2,408.70 the profit from the sale of thirteen paintings by contemporary Ukrainian artists to support the work of the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

8 April 2022

LATEST NEWS, PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE, MODERN BRITISH ART

Allure of East Anglian Art Prevails

East Anglian artists flexed their growing commercial muscle in our auction of Modern & Contemporary Art this week. The April 5 sale included fine works by members of both the Benton End, Suffolk and Great Bardfield, Essex communities, with both generating prices to confirm the strength of this art market niche.

7 April 2022

LATEST NEWS, PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE, OLD MASTER, BRITISH & EUROPEAN ART

Strike a Pose

Sworders' Head of Pictures Jane Oakley talks portraiture

With our inaugural sale of Old Master, British & European Art coming in the autumn, Sworders' Head of Pictures Jane Oakley discusses her love of portraiture and how a 17th century portrait can sit beautifully within a modern setting.

5 April 2022

LATEST NEWS, SUSTAINABILITY

Sworders Supports Antiques Are Green

Buy one antique or vintage item and together we can make a big difference...

31 March 2022

LATEST NEWS, ASIAN ART

Scholarly Objects | Chinese Brush Pots

Only a few select objects were required for the table of a Chinese scholar. There was an ink stone to grind up ink, brushes of different sizes for calligraphy, a brush washer for cleaning and a brush pot for storage.

24 March 2022