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 rare work by the extraordinary Sarah Biffin (1784-1850), an early 19th century artist born without limbs, will go under the hammer in our Fine Interiors auction this December.
26 October 2021
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