This year’s sale has been a particularly joy to curate. From all of the works we have coming up for sale next week, I have selected a few of my personal favourites!
Lot 17 - George Earl (1824-1908) 'CRIB', A DALMATIAN est. £2,000-3,000
We have a lovely collection of dog paintings, including five portraits by George Earl. Earl was well known for his paintings of pedigree dogs that were champions in their day and well documented by The Kennel Club. For example, our font cover lot ‘Crib’, lot 117, a dalmatian listed in the 1874 edition of the Kennel Club Stud Book. Not only is it a stunning portrait, but it is beautifully painted and a spectacular example of the breed.
Lot 43 - John Ferneley Sr (1782-1860) PORTRAIT OF SIR FRANCIS GRANT ON GRINDAL est. £30,000-50,000
We are lucky enough to have a wonderful picture by the equestrian artist John Ferneley Snr, lot 43, depicting his close friend and fellow artist Sir Francis Grant on horseback. The pair were good friends and both keen riders. The present picture shows Grant in hunting dress and the face is believed to have been painted by Grant himself. It was a gift to him by Ferneley and has arrived with us for sale through the artist’s family. Sporting pictures of this kind very rarely come to market so we feel exceptionally privileged to include it for sale.
Lot 185 - Herbert Thomas Dicksee RE (1862-1942) PROWLING MALE LION CROUCHING ON A GENTLY ANGLED ROCK est. £800-1,200
Other personal highlights include works by the artist Herbert Thomas Dicksee (lots 153 – 185). From a striking oil painting of a lion to a selection of his etchings and a magnificent bronze. The bronze, in particular, would make for an attractive focal point on my mantlepiece at home.
Our Sporting Art, Wildlife and Dogs Auction takes place on Tuesday 30 April 2019. To find out more about the forthcoming sale, or to discuss potential consignments, please get in touch:
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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.