At Sworders we recognise the need to support both local and national heritage and culture bodies - particularly in the fields of art and antiques in which we specialise. We enjoy partnerships with the following organisations:
In the words of David Oleman:
The Fry Art Gallery displays the work of the diverse group of artists who settled in and around great Bardfield in the 20th century. The Bardfield Group of artists are very popular and the Gallery has several exhibitions each year to which visitors travel from all over the country and from abroad. Consequently there are a growing number of collectors and we are very pleased to be able to refer them to Sworders who will share their expertise in fine art.
Sworders have been a principal sponsor for several years and we are proud to have built up a partnership that builds on the strengths of both parties to develop a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship sharing our commitment to quality. Sworders help us also with an interest in the Collection and this relationship between the Fry volunteers and Sworders staff is greatly appreciated and gives value to both organisations.
The Fry Art Gallery is managed and run by volunteers and it is only possible to do this with the help of sponsorship which demonstrates Sworders commitment to the local community.
Needless to say, exhibitions are a very vital part of our activities and Sworders’ contribution gives us the confidence to develop our programme for the year ahead.
Supporting Britain's privately-owned historic houses, castles and gardens
The Historic Houses Association (HHA) represents 1,600 of the UK's privately and charitably owned historic houses, castles and gardens. These are listed buildings or designated gardens, usually Grade I or II*, and are often outstanding. Many are considered to be iconic symbols of Britain's unique heritage. Around 500 of these properties open their doors to visitors for days out, special tours, school visits, film locations, weddings and events, or as memorable places to stay. 13 million people a year visit HHA Member properties and there are 42,000 Friends of the HHA. Members range from iconic stately homes such as Blenheim Palace, Highclere Castle, Castle Howard, Knebworth House, Longleat and Burghley House, to more intimate houses such as Traquair in Scotland, Treowen in Wales and Belle Isle in Northern Ireland. Most are still private family homes. The Association was established in 1973 to help owners conserve these wonderful places in the interests of the nation and carries out important lobbying, advisory and marketing work on behalf of Member properties.
Sworders take a stand at the HHA annual exhibition and AGM in November every year, where they are happy to meet many HHA owners and friends.
Sworders sponsorship of the June weekend in our Raynham Recital series enables us to book world class musicians to come to this intimate and lovely setting. Their backing has made it possible for us to look past being able to pay the performers and to plan ahead with confidence in sourcing and engaging musicians who give literally life-changing recitals in these stupendous acoustics. Their contribution is the bedrock of our success in attracting regular and growing audiences. We are deeply grateful for their generosity.
Lady Alison Townsend
If you would like to hear more about The Raynham Hall Recitals or book tickets for upcoming concerts please visit their website.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on how we view our homes. Demonstrated through examples of forthcoming lots from our March Fine Interiors auction, Charlotte Lee-Finglas talks us through some of the key interior design trends to look out for in 2021.
Enthusiasm for studio and contemporary earthenware is at an all-time high, with clay’s chic status making its mark across the Instagram profiles of interior designers, celebrities, and collectors alike.
A painting depicting one of the great acts of British heroism – the Antarctic explorer Captain Lawrence Oates walking to his death in 1912 – comes to auction at Sworders next month.
Exterminate! Exterminate! An original Dalek that appeared in three episodes of Doctor Who comes to Sworders for sale in the spring.
Sworders' Wine Specialist Paul Fox reflects on a palatable year for the Fine Wine and Spirits department...
From the Norwich School of painters to the Great Bardfield artists and those who learned their trade at the East Anglian School of Paintings and Drawings in Benton End, East Anglia has a rich artistic heritage. Here, Sworders’ picture specialist Sarah Flynn delves into the department's archives to select nine pictures that were either made in the region - or by some of the region’s most famous artists.
The word Vanitas in Latin means 'emptiness' or 'futility' and is often mentioned in relation to the idea of Memento Mori, which translates as ‘remember you have to die’.
The latest information on our forthcoming sales following the government's recent announcement
Sworders' Head of Auctioneering Briony Harford shares her obsessions and most memorable moments on the rostrum....
The team at Sworders is growing stronger by the day and we are exceptionally pleased to introduce the latest talents to come on board in 2021.
Classic car specialist Julian Shoolheifer discusses two classic cars that he is pleased to present in our upcoming Design auction on 26 January. A 1933 Austin Seven Saloon and a 1956 Morris Minor Series II 'Split Screen' Four Door Saloon will open the sale with a bang as they make up the first two opening lots. Find out more about the provenance and condition of these two excellent original models
Introducing Trevor Crocker - An exceptionally diverse and prolific artist who worked within numerous fields of the art industry. After his death, Crocker left behind a large amount of work that will be sold in our Modern British and 20th Century timed online auction from 15-31 January. Modern British Art Specialist, Amy Scanlon discusses the changes, progression and achievements throughout his career