This embroidered cotton napkin titled ‘F******g Beautiful’ is from the Colony Room Club and bears signatures from members, including Tracey Emin, Dinos Chapman, Fiona Banner, David Adjaye, Mick Jones and Gavin Turk, complete with original stains and dated 7th June 2008, the year the Colony closed its doors for good.
The Colony Room Club was arguably one of the most iconic afternoon drinking dens from Soho of which there were once 500, established in 1948 by Muriel Belcher who ran the club until her death in 1979. With Francis Bacon as a founding member, who supposedly walked in the day after it was opened was adopted by Belcher who gave him free drinks to bring in friends and rich clients. Since then the private members room attracted countless artists, poets, actors, gangsters and even members of parliament until it closed in 2008 under the management of Michael Wojas.
The napkin has been consigned to our December London Auction with an estimate of £1,000-1,500. If you have something London connection that you would like to sell contact email@example.com
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.