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.
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.