Introducing Sarah Flynn | Head of Old Master Paintings

Sarah Flynn

Sworders are delighted to announce that Sarah Flynn has joined as Head of Old Master Paintings, adding further strength to our burgeoning picture department.

Before joining us, Sarah worked at Christie's, London in the Old Masters Department after which she spent 12 years as Head of the Paintings Department at Cheffins. Sarah is well-known for her extensive knowledge and many discoveries, including a Rembrandt etching found in the ‘chuck-out’ box at an Emmaus store that later sold for £10,000 at auction. 

“I am delighted to be joining the talented team at Sworders, a forward-looking firm whose reputation is widely respected” commented Sarah. “I hope to bring my considerable contacts to the post and am very much looking forward to it.” 

In order to get to know Sarah better we asked her the following questions: 

How did you get your start?

At Christie's King Street, starting in Old Masters, the best department, in my 20s!!

What is your one great discovery?

The ffolliott boys - portraits of four Elizabethan brothers as children. I found two in a Suffolk house and then the vendor said his brother had two more!  Rare, early and wonderful. Dendrochronology (tree ring dating) tests found that they were all painted on oak panels cut from the same tree.

Secondly, five Constable drawings which were found to have been drawn by Constable on his honeymoon.

Who do you admire?

The dealers Paul Liss and Sacha Llewellyn for championing and reinvigorating the careers of some of the unsung heroes of Modern British painting of the 1930s and 1940s.

Christopher Vane Percy, the interior designer, is also an inspiration, for his fantastic eye and ability to create magical interiors in both country and town houses is also a favourite.

What do you collect?

WelI, as I am working in a chocolate shop, I have completely run out of wall space. But I love Glyn Philpot and Augustus John drawings, 19th century equestrian paintings (mainly of black horses such as Cavalry Blacks) paintings of greyhounds and springer spaniels, fairground paintings. Oh and I also have some work by the equestrian artist Malcolm Coward of my horses and dogs.  

What is your recommended day out?

The Household Cavalry Museum, Whitehall, London.
The Higgins, Bedford - for Pre-Raphaelites, Edward Bawden's archive, William Burges painted furniture, and much more.


Sarah Flynn can be contacted on | 01279 817778



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