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

 

Painting in Stone

Seventeenth-century pietra dura panels from the collection of the late London art dealer, Sir Jack Baer, will be offered in our 13-14 September Fine Interiors auction.

5 August 2022

The Noble Game of Cricket

More items from the Colman Family Collection form part of our Books and Maps sale on Tuesday 23 August – among them a copy of a rare book recording a unique archive of cricketing memorabilia.

4 August 2022

An Act of Literary Deception

Our August 23 Books and Maps sale includes one of only a few copies of JK Rowling’s 'The Cuckoo's Calling' signed by the author under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

3 August 2022

The Holt Festival 2022 Art Prize Winners

Holt Festival is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 art prizes.

28 July 2022

First Edition Sets of Tolkien’s Middle Earth Epic Come For Sale

A first edition of The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, signed for the original owner by JRR Tolkien while the pair studied together at Oxford, comes to sale.

27 July 2022

Oceans are Blue, Shipping is Green

Sworders promotes sustainable shipping as part of its in-house delivery service.

20 July 2022

The Female Raphael of the Arts | Angelica Kauffman Works to Sell

We are delighted to be offering four works by Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807) in our forthcoming sale of Old Master, British & European Art, to be held live on Tuesday 27 September 2022.

13 July 2022

 

Sustained Popularity | The Electric Guitar as a Design Icon

In the eighty-five years since its invention the electric guitar has forged and defined the path of popular culture and music, yet whilst spanning an infinite number of genres and wielders, the principal designs of the instrument have remained virtually unchanged since the early 1950s.

30 June 2022

Modern & Contemporary Art | The Colman Collection

After the successful sale of the Bixley Manor furniture and works of art in our June Fine Interiors auction, we are delighted to announce the sale of 20th century paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture from this prestigious collection within our Modern & Contemporary Timed auction, open for bidding from 1st to 10th July.

30 June 2022

Help to Bring the Curwen Archive to Life - Target Reached!

The Curwen Print Study Centre urgently needed to raise £26,350 to make its extensive archive publicly available for the very first time and it has now reached its crowdfunding target. Congratulations and a big thank you to all who donated!

29 June 2022

Forthcoming Design Sales at Sworders

We are currently consigning for our autumn auction of Design to be held on Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 October with entries closing Friday 9 September.

23 June 2022

The 'V' Type Armchair Designed by Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967)

Created for government officials in the city of Chandigarh, India, the 'V' Type Armchair was expertly crafted from humidity and bug resistant wood, ensuring they could withstand the test of time.

22 June 2022