With the nights growing longer, the Out of the Ordinary department are reopening their doors for consignment, ahead of the 2023 sale. Otto Billström discusses everything unusual about the specialist sale and what to expect.
11 October 2022
The Out of the Ordinary sale, now entering its sixth year, has become a staple in the Sworders auction calendar, celebrating eclectic items like no other, with a rich, eccentric background.
For those of you who are new to Sworders' Out of the Ordinary auctions, this sale is your one stop shop for everything you might need for your Cabinet of Curiosities. Be it the scientific or occult, morbid or folk art - if it's something unique you are after, this sale has it covered. Having featured everything from a 'Feejee' Mermaid to a taxidermy unicorn, you are sure to find a worthy conversation piece in our diverse mix of carefully sourced pieces.
The first Out of the Ordinary sale took place in February 2018, showcasing everything from 20th century decorative arts, bronzes, glass, ceramics, posters, modern design, motoring art, pop and film culture, photographs and sporting art, all unusual items outside the norm.
Travel Reliquary, late 17th/early 18th century, likely Flemish, Sold for £2,990
Our 2022 sale earlier this year featured over 350 lots across a range of categories. Highlights included an extraordinary brass reliquary selling for £2,990 and a pair of early 20th century Masonic tracing boards which sold for £2,340. Amongst other highlights, an extraordinary plaster maquette of Satan by Jean-Jacques Feuchère, achieved a staggering £8,840.
After Jean-Jacques Feuchère (French, 1807-1852), Sold for £8,840
As we look ahead to the new year, leading the 2023 sale is an extraordinary, private modern-day cabinet of curiosities in true Victorian fashion. The carefully curated collection features several pieces of Memento Mori, items of Boer War interest, as well as ethnographica and folk art from around the world.
Cabinet of Curiosities Collection, 2023
We also have an extraordinary collection of documentation pertaining to two of the most notorious criminals in the history of modern Britain, with more details to follow soon…
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7 December 2023
Sworders are pleased to present a selection of antique and vintage textiles in our December Fine Interiors sale, including items from the collection of the late Hildegard Heygate.
4 December 2023
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Emma Barnett has been appointed as Head of Department with responsibility for the future development of our Homes and Interiors sales – Emma has been with Sworders for some time, but as she now moves into this pivotal role, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce her to you.
30 November 2023