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.
Sworders is once again proud to be sponsoring an evening of musical entertainment in a beautiful garden setting in Much Hadham.
Highlighted amongst the lots in our July Design sale are drawings by George Daniels (1854-1940) - perhaps the most accomplished British stained glass designer working in the late Gothic and early Renaissance idiom from the 1890s until the Second World War - including designs for an impressive five-light window in the north aisle of Manchester Cathedral and extant stained glass windows in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk churches.
Sworders are delighted to be hosting a timed auction of objects, events, and experiences on behalf of Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust to aid the charity's fundraising for the restoration and repair of churches and chapels in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and parts of Barnet.
Great prices were achieved in the fourth installment of our annual Sporting Art Wildlife and Dogs sales on Wednesday 2 June. Strong bidding was seen across all sections of the sale and topped by two large unframed canvases of the hunt ‘in full cry’ by John Nost Sartorius (1759-1828).
Bought from an antiques dealer several years previously, the present owners of this painting wanted to know more about their dog. They took him along to a BBC Antiques Roadshow in July 2014 where it was instantly recognised as a copy of the dog in Hogarth’s “Manifesto” self-portrait painted in 1745.
Our June Fine Interiors auction features over 750 lots of furniture, works of art, paintings and silver, with a good showing of English and Continental furniture and decorative arts from the 17th to the 20th centuries to suit a variety of tastes and styles. Leading the sale are the selected contents from three impressive private properties.
With the inclusion of two fine examples of embroidered samplers in our auction of Fine Interiors on the 29 and 30 June, we take a look into the world of domestic crafts, and how they have influenced the work of the modern and contemporary artist of today.
Our auction of Sporting Art, Wildlife and Dogs on Wednesday 2 June offers a number of captivating works by Irish artist Peter Deighan who is widely considered as one of the country’s finest Portrait and Sporting Painters.
The sale of The Sally Hunter and Ian Posgate Collection concluded on Tuesday evening after over 10 hours of selling with extraordinary interest across the board achieving a 95% sold rate, taking the sale total to £737,830 including premium (£200,000 over the top estimate).
Sworders are proud to be sponsoring ‘Lithographic Fever’ at The Fry Art Gallery from 29 May - 31 October. The exhibition wonderfully illustrates Britain’s mid-century print boom and how colour lithography came into fashion.
Otto Billström joined our Design Department in January this year and believes his Scandinavian heritage aided his appreciation of 20th century design. Let's find out more about him...
Lot 190 in our auction of Asian Art on Friday 14 May is a rare collection of Chinese rank badges from the Yuan Shikai period (late 1915 to early 1916).