Sponsorship

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:

FRY ART GALLERY

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. 

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HISTORIC HOUSES ASSOCIATION

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.

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RAYNHAM RECITALS

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.

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News & Articles

 

This is the Voice of the Mysterons!

Our Out of the Ordinary Department is proud to present two extraordinary puppets from the private collection of Terry Curtis, one of the original Supermarionation sculptors working for Gerry Anderson in the 1960s.

12 January 2022

Charles Eames The Iconic 20th Century Designer

Coming up in our auction of Design in January 2022, we have a collection of Eames designs that were once owned by the architect John ‘Jack’ Bonnington and used at his offices in Tyttenhanger House near St Albans. 

29 December 2021

An Ever Growing Team

As we approach the end of another triumphant year in the face of adversity, we are exceptionally proud of our ever growing team, and are delighted to introduce the newest recruits to come on board in 2021.

27 December 2021

Eleanor Dorrien-Smith Selects

We asked British-American print designer and founder of PARTIMI, Eleanor Dorrien-Smith, to select her favourite lots from our upcoming Fine Interiors sale.

10 December 2021

Mark Wilkinson Appointed Head of Sworders London

We are delighted to announce that Mark Wilkinson has been appointed Head of Sworders London to drive events and valuations in the heart of the West End.

8 December 2021

Update | Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Last Updated – 29 November 2021

Nathalie Farman-Farma Selects

The French-American textile designer Nathalie Farman-Farma has selected her favourite lots from our upcoming sale: ICONASTAS | Fine Russian Art & Antiques from the Renowned London Gallery.

25 November 2021

The Studio Collection of Robert Johnson Washington to Sell in January

Nestled in a rural idyll of rolling woodland, there is a studio that belonged to Robert Johnson Washington (1913-1997), where the artist and potter lived and worked.  Walking into the studio today, it's almost as if he had just walked out the door, and pots, tools and the detritus of activity is everywhere...

23 November 2021

Rare William De Morgan Stained Glass Panel to Sell in January

Sworders’ Design sale on 25-26 January 2022 includes one of only a handful of stained glass windows designed by William De Morgan (1839-1917). The 67cm wide by 97cm high panel depicting the archangel St Michael slaying a dragon, is expected to bring £80,000-120,000.

17 November 2021

The Art of Glass

Glass from the collection of the late Cambridgeshire antique dealer Peter Crofts (1924-2001) will be sold in our Fine Interiors auction on 14-15 December. The consignment includes exceptional pieces of engraved and enamelled glass ranging from the Georgian period into the post-war era.

16 November 2021

Jewellery from Iconastas - The Renowned London Gallery

Our auction of Fine Jewellery and Watches on Tuesday 30 November includes items of Roman, Byzantine and Russian interest from the residual stock of Iconastas. The Piccadilly Arcade Gallery was established by Chris Martin-Zakheim and John Gaze in 1974, specialising in Russian Icons, works of art, and antiquities, until it closed its doors in 2018, having cemented a reputation as one of the industry’s leading specialists.

11 November 2021

A Cane Gifted by Napoleon Bonaparte?

A jewel encrusted walking stick believed to have been a gift from Napoleon Bonaparte to a trusted general will be sold in our auction of Fine Interiors in December. It forms part of the collection of the late Peter Crofts (1924-2001), a Cambridgeshire antique dealer whose own story was extraordinary.

10 November 2021