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Miniature Painter with a Big Talent

LATEST NEWS, PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE, FINE INTERIORS

Miniature Painter with a Big Talent

A rare work by the extraordinary Sarah Biffin (1784-1850), an early 19th century artist born without limbs, will go under the hammer in our Fine Interiors auction this December.

26 October 2021

 
Chinese Export Silver from the Paris of the East

LATEST NEWS, ASIAN ART, SILVER

Chinese Export Silver from the Paris of the East

A collection of Chinese silver assembled by a family who lived in Shanghai in the early 20th century comes for sale at Sworders in November. The group of typical ‘export’ wares owned by the vendor’s grandparents who lived in ‘the Paris of the East’ had been stored in a trunk since the end of The Second World War.

19 October 2021

 
The Life and Work of Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940)

20TH CENTURY ART & DESIGN, LATEST NEWS

The Life and Work of Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940)

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

 
Paperback Writer

20TH CENTURY ART & DESIGN, LATEST NEWS

Paperback Writer

Book Signed by The Beatles Comes For Sale

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 Carvings At Sworders

20TH CENTURY ART & DESIGN, LATEST NEWS

Robert Prenzel Carvings At Sworders

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

 
John Maltby | A Legacy of British Art Pottery

20TH CENTURY ART & DESIGN, LATEST NEWS, PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE

John Maltby | A Legacy of British Art Pottery

Sworders' Design department is thrilled to present three distinct sculptures by John Maltby in the upcoming two day sale on the 19 and 20 October. Featuring several members of Maltby’s recurring cast, from the humble raven to the monolithic king, these are expected to fetch £1,000-1,500 each.

29 September 2021

 
Who’s Been Sitting In My Chair?

20TH CENTURY ART & DESIGN, LATEST NEWS

Who’s Been Sitting In My Chair?

Hans Wegner and the Pursuit of the Ideal

'The ideal chair does not exist’, Hans J. Wegner, one of the most iconic names in Design history once said. Perhaps he was right? Wegner spent his entire life in pursuit of the unattainable ideal, which would see him reinventing the chair again and again for almost half a century in over 500 different ways.

28 September 2021

 
A 'How To' Guide to Identifying and Buying Prints

MODERN & CONTEMPORARY PRINTS, LATEST NEWS, MODERN BRITISH ART

A 'How To' Guide to Identifying and Buying Prints

Buying prints at auction is a great way to start an art collection. Prints are typically from limited editions, making them more affordable than one-off pieces such as oil paintings. Yet, the printmaking process is highly skilled, each plate onto which the artist creates an image needs to be perfect in order to achieve the desired finish. Eleanor Garthwaite tells us more...

23 September 2021

 
"A Catastrophe I Didn’t Want to Avoid"

LATEST NEWS, MODERN BRITISH ART

"A Catastrophe I Didn’t Want to Avoid"

Exploring the life of Marie Françoise Gilot

Nearing her one hundredth birthday on 26th November this year, Marie Françoise Gilot has lived a remarkable life from her decade-long love affair with Picasso in her early twenties, to becoming the talented painter and writer celebrated today.

23 September 2021

 
Pictures Donated to Dog Welfare Charity Come to Auction

PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE, MODERN BRITISH ART

Pictures Donated to Dog Welfare Charity Come to Auction

Sworders are to sell two artworks benefitting The Dogs Trust as part of the Modern and Contemporary sale on October 5

23 September 2021

 

 

 

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