Decorative Arts and Design specialist, John Black, introduces us to the forthcoming 20th Century Design Sale and to some exciting additions to the sale calendar next year.
The next 20th Century Design Sale at Sworders includes furniture from the London home and the Hampshire retreat of MJ Long (1939-2018), wife of Colin St John Wilson (1922-2007), both architects whose magnum opus was the British Library in London.
The collection gives a tantalising glimpse into their friendship with artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi, whose giant bronze sits in the courtyard, and RB Kitaj, whose massive tapestry based on his painting ‘If Not, Not’ hangs in the entrance hall of the Library.
Among bentwood furniture and designer pieces removed from the London home (built for the sculptor Sir William Reidt Dick), and a Canadian canoe from her home in Bosham, are a pair of Beehive pendant lamps designed by Alvar Aalto, one of their major influences.
The sale includes three distinct sections of Arts and Crafts, Art Deco and Mid Century furniture and design and also pieces from the collection of Tom Munro, a London-based fashion photographer who has worked on many of the leading advertising campaigns for major fashion houses.
Consignments for the sale are welcomed until Friday 13 December.
With the popularity of Mid-Century Design still riding high, we are excited to announce that for 2020 we have decided to grow the breadth of sales in this arena.
Alongside the two solidly established sales of 20th Century Design, our sales calendar will include three additional modern interest auctions: Mid-Century and Modern Design; Arts and Crafts; The Swinging Sixties.
We’re looking forward to helping our clients with these sales and to introducing them to prospective buyers in 2020.
Contact John Black for more information
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20th Century Design in 2020
Tuesday 28 January
20TH CENTURY DESIGN
Entries close 13 December
Wednesday 27 May
MID CENTURY AND MODERN DESIGN
Entries close 3 April
Tuesday 21 July
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Entries close 5 June
Tuesday 13 October
20TH CENTURY DESIGN
Entries close 28 August
Tuesday 10 November
THE SWINGING SIXTIES
Entries close 25 September
Sworders is once again proud to be sponsoring an evening of musical entertainment in a beautiful garden setting in Much Hadham.
Highlighted amongst the lots in our July Design sale are drawings by George Daniels (1854-1940) - perhaps the most accomplished British stained glass designer working in the late Gothic and early Renaissance idiom from the 1890s until the Second World War - including designs for an impressive five-light window in the north aisle of Manchester Cathedral and extant stained glass windows in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk churches.
Sworders are delighted to be hosting a timed auction of objects, events, and experiences on behalf of Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust to aid the charity's fundraising for the restoration and repair of churches and chapels in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and parts of Barnet.