Frustrated by the lack of real choice on the high street – and conscious of the need to end the throwaway society - more and more members of the public are discovering the world of auctions. Buying at auction is a great way to find unique and environmentally sustainable items at a great price.
Fine art auctions can be the place to purchase important works for large sums but they are also the source of more affordable antiques and vintage furnishings. You’ll find everything for your home and garden, from furniture and objects d’art to garden benches, branded handbags and wristwatches.
Most will provide great style and value for money. Whether you have set your sights on Georgian elegance, mid-century Scandinavian chic or a diamond ring for someone special, prices at auction are typically well below those at retail. Remember too that buying second hand has the advantage of sustainability. In addition to quality craftsmanship and a sense of history, research has proved that the carbon footprint of antique furniture is a tiny fraction of its flat pack equivalent.
Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers, based in Essex, Hertfordshire, London and Kent, offer a varied sales calendar from regular ‘interiors' sales to those catering to a range of specialist collecting areas from 20th century design to jewellery. No longer is it necessary to turn up to bid in person. Sworders offer remote bidding via their website, giving buyers the chance to participate from home, ensuring they can enjoy the auction experience safely during this Covid time.
Remember to register well in advance of the sale, check terms of buying, and don’t forget to ask for more detailed images and a condition report to help you make an informed purchase.
Our Design sale on 4-5 May includes a group of Arts & Crafts items from the estate of the design writer and biographer Fiona MacCarthy OBE (1940-2020). Married to the Sheffield-based silversmith and designer David Mellor (1930-2009), who she first met when conducting an interview in 1967, MacCarthy’s background as a journalist for House and Garden and the Guardian helped to lay the foundations for seminal works on C R Ashbee, the Omega Workshops, William Morris, Eric Gill, and Stanley Spencer.
Sworders Design department is delighted to be offering a selection of some of the Gabbertas Studio’s most iconic designs, some of which are extremely rare versions of designs or prototypes made by the hand of Mark Gabbertas himself | DESIGN WEDNESDAY 5 MAY 2021
Following Covid's cancellation of the Festival in 2020, the charming Georgian market town of Holt in Norfolk is delighted to be resuming its role as host of East Anglia’s celebration of creativity, Holt Festival, this summer, and Sworders couldn't be prouder to be sponsoring not one, but two art prizes this year.