Private & Corporate Collections

 

 

Sally Hunter

Remarkable Collections | Exceptional Results

 

Sworders holds a nationwide reputation for conducting successful auctions of substantial and important collections. We take the time to understand the narrative and origin of a collection, conveying it thoughtfully and individually to a worldwide audience. Bidders and purchasers value the provenance and story behind items, it helps bring them to life.

Our team comprises respected specialists with extensive knowledge in various art forms, epochs, and market conditions. This expertise allows us to accurately assess, research, and value a wide range of artworks, ensuring sellers receive optimal advice and purchasers can bid and buy confidently.

We leverage a global network of collectors, dealers, decorators, and institutions to attract a diverse clientele, fostering competition and yielding higher bids.

We tailor our approach and strategy, understanding that no two auctions or clients are the same. Our emphasis is always on providing unparalleled customer service and maintaining transparency during every step of the auction process.

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01279 817778 | privatecollections@sworder.co.uk 

 

 

‘With reference to your recent and very successful sale, I have known Dick Turpin as a fellow dealer, friend and sparring partner for as long as any member of the trade, and I know he would have revelled in the presentation of his collection catalogue. It has the glamour of one of his neckties and the same careful research as his own ticket descriptions. A great Sworders team production and a worthy credit to a great character. With the help of this souvenir the legend will indeed live on.’

John Bly


 

A Legacy Forged in Achievements

The Dick Turpin Collection

Elveden - The Guiness Collection

Sally Hunter & Ian Posgate Collection

Alderley House Collection

Barbara Holliday

North Mymms Park

 

‘Divesting oneself of the entire contents of a home - selling up - is a challenging business. When this means disposing of a lifetime's collecting from a large house, it is traumatic. Having seen Sworders' catalogues, I felt that they were the people to help and they were. Enormous trouble was taken to photograph and arrange what was to be sold and to make sure through their marketing and PR departments that an appropriate audience was reached. The result was a huge success.’

Sally Hunter


 

Corporate Collections


Our Private Client Valuations Department has been entrusted by several leading institutions, businesses, councils, and charities, to appraise their collections for both open market and insurance valuations.

In the spring of 2018, we celebrated a record £1.75 million auction total for the sale of the principal contents of North Mymms Park, one of Britain’s finest Jacobean homes. The collection spanned five centuries of artistic endeavour and included a remarkable group of monumental tapestries that came to the house via the American financier and collector John Pierpont Morgan.

Taking a client-centric approach, these unique partnerships are treated with the utmost care and discretion.

Our service includes:

  • A discussion with one of our experts to tailor your needs to the valuation required
  • Terms of Engagement detailing requirements, fee structure and your Sworders contact
  • A detailed and fully illustrated inventory and valuation

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01279 817778 | privatecollections@sworder.co.uk 

 

North Mymms Park

ARTICLE

Heritage and History | The Price of Provenance

In the captivating world of art and antiques, each item carries with it a unique story that transcends time and space. Provenance, the documented history of ownership and origin, is crucial for validating authenticity and value. As art and antiques move through auction houses, collectors, and admirers, provenance becomes increasingly essential, serving as a guiding beacon through history.

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'I want to thank Sworders for a fabulous result in the auction sale of the principal contents of Alderley House. The entire team have worked tirelessly to ensure that every detail was taken care of from the logistics associated with the delivery of over 500 lots to the documenting and photography of each individual piece, the publicity associated with the auction, the set up in the show rooms to mirror the entire house, and then the auction itself. A truly professional team who are all passionate about getting a great end result and who you can trust 100% to look after you in every respect.’ 

Victoria Grace Day


 

 

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If you have an enquiry about a potential Estate or House Contents Auction, please contact us on:

01279 817778 | privatecollections@sworder.co.uk

 

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Meet our Private Client Valuations Team

Guy Schooling

Guy Schooling
Head Specialist Art & Antiques | Chairman

T: 01279 817778
E: guyschooling@sworder.co.uk 

Luke Macdonald

Luke Macdonald
Head Specialist Art & Estates

 

T: 01279 817778
E: lukemacdonald@sworder.co.uk 

Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster
Senior Valuer | Head of Hertford Office

 

T: 01992 583508
E: danielwebster@sworder.co.uk 

John Black

John Black
Director

 

T: 01279 817778
E: johnblack@sworder.co.uk

 

James Pickup

James Pickup
Director

 

T 01279 817778
E jamespickup@sworder.co.uk