Ann Marsden Comery née Barraclough (1934-2017)
The daughter of Lancelot John Barraclough, chief mining engineer for the Bengal Mining Company, Ann was raised in India and had many fond memories of that time. Her immersion in Indian culture began her passion for wonderful objects, colour and design.
The late Mrs Annabelle Comery
Upon returning to England, Ann married the head of a large international brokerage company and it was her husband who encouraged her desire to collect unusual and exquisite pieces from the countries they visited together. Many of these she gave away to friends.
Through a lifetime of collecting, she built a diverse selection of truly wonderful antiques, paintings, mirrors, silver and glass, reflecting her innate good taste and belief in quality whatever the current trends. She simply bought what she loved and her extraordinary collection consisted of items of beauty to be displayed, enjoyed and shared.
A selection of items from the collection will be offered in the Homes and Interiors sale on Wednesday 30 May with further items in the Anniversary Auction on the 19 and 20 June.
From The Estate of the late Mrs Annabelle Comery. Lot 68 - Homes and Interiors (including Militaria and Medals), 30th May 2018: Four scent bottles, a miniature rule and two decanter labels, one silver. Estimate £80-120
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.