Many years ago Bryan purchased his first Herbert Thomas Dicksee etching and he soon became a fanatical collector, over the years he has created a large and virtually complete collection of etchings and other works which he has now decided to sell.
Many years ago Bryan was browsing an antiques auction when he came across a very appealing, small, pencil-signed Herbert Dicksee etching of a sleeping puppy. He left a commission bid and happened to secure it. He liked it so much that he went on to buy a few more dog etchings by the same artist and over ensuing years he amassed a large collection of works by Dicksee, travelling far. He had become a fanatical collector and over the years has created a large and virtually complete collection of etchings and other works by Herbert Thomas Dicksee R.E. (1862 – 1942). Bryan has taken the decision to begin the disposal of his collection, his reason is simply his advancing years.
Bryan Steele and his wife Valerie
The Collection includes over 180 different-subject, original signed artist proof etchings (about 100 mounted and framed to conservation standards, the remainder stored flat and protected by individual folders). Many were purchased from the artist’s descendants and the family art dealer respectively. Sales will include items of interest to both print connoisseurs and collectors alike.
We are delighted to present the first selection from the Bryan Steele collection in the Sporting Art, Wildlife and Dogs sale, with further items to be offered in the forthcoming Fine Interiors sale on the 25 and 26 June 2019.
A fine commode, believed to be by John Cobb (1715-1778), arguably one of England's greatest furniture makers, comes up for sale in Dick Turpin | The Legend Lives On to be held on 25 January.
7 December 2023
Sworders are pleased to present a selection of antique and vintage textiles in our December Fine Interiors sale, including items from the collection of the late Hildegard Heygate.
4 December 2023
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Emma Barnett has been appointed as Head of Department with responsibility for the future development of our Homes and Interiors sales – Emma has been with Sworders for some time, but as she now moves into this pivotal role, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce her to you.
30 November 2023