The team at Sworders is growing stronger by the day and we are exceptionally pleased to introduce the latest talents to come on board in 2021.
20th Century Design
Otto moved to the UK from Sweden when he was 18, to study Art History at the University of East Anglia where he completed a BA and MA specialising in 19th century art and the illustrated works of William Blake. Following the completion of his studies, he worked at Stockholm’s Auktionsverk as a junior valuer, running their entertainment memorabilia department.
Otto moved back to the UK in 2020 when he was offered a role as a buyer for an arts and antiques dealership in Petworth where he stayed until arriving at Sworders in January 2021.
Otto believes his Scandinavian heritage aided his appreciation of 20th century design. “I was raised to appreciate the classical shapes and styles of Josef Frank, Arne Jacobsen, and Bruno Mathsson, to name a few”, he says.
After completing her BA in History and History of Art at the University of Leeds, Charlotte worked for five years at the London-based valuations firm, St George Valuations. Her role was to co-ordinate the valuation of large and multi-category collections including the Palace of Westminster Historic Furniture Collection and Chequers Estate. She has gained extensive experience in the online art space, having also worked at ValueMyStuff, Paddle8, and Barnebys.
Before joining Sworders, Charlotte completed an MA with Distinction in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at the University of East Anglia. She has a particular interest in country house collections and the juxtaposition of antiques presented next to modern furniture and decorative arts, as seen throughout many contemporary interiors today.
Adam joins the team with a magnitude of creativity to apply to his new role. He studied Television and Video production at Solent University and graduated with a BA (Hons) in 2018. He has since worked in the digital art and video sectors and as a portrait artist. He hopes to apply his video production experience to his work within the auction team and to continue expanding his knowledge of the art industry.
Our next Design auction on July 13 will include a dedicated section devoted to photography. Providing the impetus to the new focus is the consignment of a very fine collection of photographs by important 20th century American and European photographers.
Otto Billström joined our Design Department in January this year and believes his Scandinavian heritage aided his appreciation of 20th century design. Let's find out more about him...