We are introducing a new sale category to our annual auction calendar - a sale for the TV generation
We are introducing a new sale category to our annual auction calendar - a sale for the TV generation. Into the Groove, 1950-1975, scheduled for July 9, will broaden collecting horizons beyond the thriving market for rock and pop collectables to embrace the design, fashions, ideas and memorabilia of the immediate post-war era. Specialist John Black says few subjects will be off limits. “Beginning with the Festival of Britain and Frank Sinatra and ending with the Fall of Saigon and the VW Golf, this was the era of civil rights, gay rights, ‘second-wave’ feminism, the sexual revolution, the Cold War and, of course the creation of the European Common Market.
As the sale will be held just a matter of days before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, some souvenirs of the Space Race are likely.
“Interest in this period - those decades of remarkable cultural, social, technological and artistic change when so many norms were being broken down - has never been higher. Celebrating multiple aspects of pop culture, this is a sale to capture the collecting zeitgeist.”
Sworders already enjoys a strong foothold in the burgeoning market for 20th century design and has helped broaden the collecting horizons through its Out of the Ordinary sales - an eclectic mix of quirky art, antiques, design and collectables with a wow factor.
A collection of Chinese silver assembled by a family who lived in Shanghai in the early 20th century comes for sale at Sworders in November. The group of typical ‘export’ wares owned by the vendor’s grandparents who lived in ‘the Paris of the East’ had been stored in a trunk since the end of The Second World War.
19 October 2021
Next week's auction of Design offers two archetypal side chairs from a truly unique Italian designer - Carlo Bugatti - whose life was filled with talent and tragedy.
14 October 2021
An autograph book with a story so evocative of the British music scene in the early 1960s comes for sale in our Design auction this month. The notebook includes the signatures of three of The Beatles, together with those of Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Dave Clark Five, Cliff Richard, and Helen Shapiro.
5 October 2021