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Chinese Export Silver from the Paris of the East

Chinese Export Silver from the Paris of the East

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


The Life and Work of Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940)

The Life and Work of Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940)

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


Paperback Writer

Paperback Writer

Book Signed by The Beatles Comes For Sale

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


Robert Prenzel Carvings At Sworders

Robert Prenzel Carvings At Sworders

Robert Prenzel was born in 1866 in the Prussian town of Kittliztreben, in present-day Poland. After a four-year apprenticeship, further studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, and another four years of work experience around Europe, he emigrated to Australia at the age of 22. Trained in the classical European styles, he arrived in Melbourne in 1888, where he came to define Australian craft and design throughout the first quarter of the 20th century.

30 September 2021


John Maltby | A Legacy of British Art Pottery

John Maltby | A Legacy of British Art Pottery

Sworders' Design department is thrilled to present three distinct sculptures by John Maltby in the upcoming two day sale on the 19 and 20 October. Featuring several members of Maltby’s recurring cast, from the humble raven to the monolithic king, these are expected to fetch £1,000-1,500 each.

29 September 2021


Who’s Been Sitting In My Chair?

Who’s Been Sitting In My Chair?

Hans Wegner and the Pursuit of the Ideal

'The ideal chair does not exist’, Hans J. Wegner, one of the most iconic names in Design history once said. Perhaps he was right? Wegner spent his entire life in pursuit of the unattainable ideal, which would see him reinventing the chair again and again for almost half a century in over 500 different ways.

28 September 2021


A 'How To' Guide to Identifying and Buying Prints

A 'How To' Guide to Identifying and Buying Prints

Buying prints at auction is a great way to start an art collection. Prints are typically from limited editions, making them more affordable than one-off pieces such as oil paintings. Yet, the printmaking process is highly skilled, each plate onto which the artist creates an image needs to be perfect in order to achieve the desired finish. Eleanor Garthwaite tells us more...

23 September 2021


"A Catastrophe I Didn’t Want to Avoid"

"A Catastrophe I Didn’t Want to Avoid"

Exploring the life of Marie Françoise Gilot

Nearing her one hundredth birthday on 26th November this year, Marie Françoise Gilot has lived a remarkable life from her decade-long love affair with Picasso in her early twenties, to becoming the talented painter and writer celebrated today.

23 September 2021


Venini's Patchwork of Light

Venini's Patchwork of Light

The Pezzato vase, one of the most iconic designs that Fulvio Bianconi created for Venini, comes to sale in our Design auction on 19-20 October

22 September 2021


Discovering The Works of Elsie Marian Henderson (1880-1967)

Discovering The Works of Elsie Marian Henderson (1880-1967)

Sworders Head of Pictures, Jane Oakley, describes the thrill of uncovering the work of an exceptional talent, Elsie Marian Henderson, Baroness de Coudenhove (1880-1967), whom before now, she knew so little about.

22 September 2021