The Anniversary Sale

The Anniversary Auction 

Operating since 1782, Sworders is one of the leading fine art and antiques auction houses in the United Kingdom. In 2008, the business expanded into its purpose-built auction rooms in Stansted Mountfitchet, opened by HRH Princess Michael of Kent. This year, we celebrate 10 years in our award-winning premises and, to mark the occasion, we will host a prestigious 10th anniversary auction on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 June, profiling fine furniture, British and European paintings, silver, clocks and works of art.  

HRH Princess Michael of KentHer Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent opening our Stansted Mountfitchet Saleroom  in 2008


In Support of Tom's Trust - Official Charity Partner


Tom's Trust Charity Logo

Tom’s Trust help children with brain tumours to live fully, by providing Clinical Psychologists to assess and treat their emotional needs within a rehabilitation setting, as well as providing support for their families.

The charity was founded in 2011 by Debs and Andrew Whitley as a legacy to their only son Tom, who died in November 2010, just seven months after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour.

The Trust now funds ‘Brainbow’ – a unique specialist service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, providing Clinical Psychologists to support children with brain tumours and their families from the point of diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond.

Make a donation

To make a donation to Tom’s Trust simply text the message 'TOMS11£amount' to 70070 for example to make a £10 donation, please text 'TOMS11£10' to 70070.

To find out more about the charity’s inspirational work, please visit - 

You may also make a donation on the Tom's Trust website, please reference 'SWORDERS'.

Thank you


The Build

The creation of what was Europe’s largest straw bale building in it's year of construction was a labour of love for Sworders directors who struggled for five years to be granted planning permission for the project. When work finally began in 2006, craftsmen arrived in Essex from far-afield - the timber frame from Scandinavia and the cedar shingle roof fitted by a team from New Zealand.


While the total bill was close to £1.7m, the principal building material - ordinary straw bales compressed in a baler - cost a relatively modest £4,000 with much of the workforce provided by trainees keen to learn a valuable new skill. Shortly after opening it's doors, the building won a sustainability award from the RICS.


A Decade of Milestones

Over the last decade, our beautiful saleroom has been a fitting environment for a series of incredible sales. 

In January 2012, Sworders had the pleasure of selling Two Rotating Forms II – a sculpture crafted by English artist, Dame Barbara Hepworth DBE in 1966. Created from alabaster stone, fixed on an ebonised wooden base, this innovative piece of modern British art sold for a weighty £250,000. Another notable piece of modern British art sold in April 2016  - Easter Bouquet. This 1934 oil on canvas, by Suffolk-based artist Cedric Morris, pushed the hammer to £49,000. In June 2017, an early 16th century oak aumbry cupboard sold for £65,000.

Guy Schooling, Chairman at Sworders, comments: “Our auction rooms have attracted a huge variety of extraordinary items – from the curious to the incredible. Our 10th anniversary auction provides an opportunity to celebrate some of the most memorable sales from the last decade. With consignments still being accepted, the high profile nature of the anniversary event is set to attract some truly marvellous items – from the finest art and antiques, to historical artefacts and works of art”.

Barbara Hepworth

Dame Barbara Hepworth DBE (1903-1975) 'Two Rotating Forms II'

SOLD FOR £250,000 in January 2012

Cedric Morris

Cedric Morris (1889-1992) 'EASTER BOUQUET', 1934

SOLD FOR £49,000 in April 2016

Aumbry Cupboard

An oak aumbry or dole cupboard, English, early 16th century

SOLD FOR £65,000 in June 2017

The Grand Anniversary Sale

The anniversary sale will provide an opportunity to bid on a variety of extraordinary items, including a pair of paintings by British marine painter, William John Huggins, estimated at £6,000- £8,000. The paintings illustrate 19th century lifeboats at a boat wreck, believed to be a representation of a real incident. 

Also consigned for sale – The Bury Hill cabinets – two George lll period Coromandel lacquer press cupboards constructed from 17th century panels, depicting a palace scene, animals, birds and flowers. In England, the use of this style of Chinese lacquerware to make up pieces of furniture was relatively rare.

Bury Hill Cabinets

'The Bury Hill Cabinets', two George lll coromandel lacquer press cupboards, constructed from 17th century panels decorated in polychrome, depicting a palace scene, animals, birds and flowers. Estimated at £10,000-15,000 for the June sale

Bury Hill is an estate of around 1600 acres located to the west side of the Surrey town of Dorking, created by Edward Walter. The Bury Hill Estate was bequeathed to Walter's son-in-law Viscount Grimston. In 1815 it was purchased by Robert Barclay (1751-1830), the wealthy Southwark Brewer and remained with the Barclay family for one hundred and fifty years. The Bury Hill cabinets are estimated at £4,000 - £6,000 for the sale.

In addition, a beautiful, George IV period silver wine cooler, which takes a partly fluted campana form, engraved with an intriguing crest, with the gadroon border decorated with shells. The item was produced in 1823 by William Bateman, a well-known London-based silversmith. Hester Bateman (1709-1794), grandmother of William, was the most famous English female silversmith of the 18th century.



Our specialists

Our specialists hold regular valuation days. Please contact us for more information, or complete the form on this page to enquire about the valuation of your items.

Guy Schooling

Chairman and auctioneer at Sworders. Guy has over 25 years experience in the world of fine art and auctioneering. His passions lie with English furniture and the Arts & Crafts Movement. He is available to undertake valuations of single items or entire collections.


T: 01279 817778

Amy Scanlon

Amy gained a BA (Hons) degree in History of Art at university College London, followed by three years in a leading London art gallery before joining Sworders.  She now leads our picture department with a special emphasis on Modern British and 20th Century Art.



T: 01279 817778

James Pickup
Auctioneer and Valuer

James is an auctioneer & valuer with 7 years of auction room experience to add to a lifetime of interest in antiques. He heads up the fortnightly Homes & Interiors sales, offering a range of high quality and affordable modern and antique furnishings for the home and garden. These sales are the perfect introduction to the auction world for new and inexperienced buyers.


T: 01279 817778



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The Diverse Female Representations in Old Master Paintings

As the gavel readies to strike at Sworders' upcoming Old Masters, British and European art auction, the canvases tell tales of feminine divinity, sanctity, virtue, elegance, and natural beauty. This collection offers a fascinating journey through the multifaceted representations of women, each portrayal a reflection of societal values and artistic sensibilities of the time.

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John Savident |  A Theatrical Life Beyond Coronation Street
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Our 26 June Homes and Interiors includes a fine collection of theatrically themed works with a celebrity provenance. They come for sale from the family of the much-loved British actor John Savident (1937-2024) who played the character of Fred Elliot in Coronation Street for 12 years. 

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The Estate of Max Clendinning & Ralph Adron
The Estate of Max Clendinning & Ralph Adron

Sworders Design department is delighted to present the extraordinary collection of Messrs Max Clendinning and Ralph Adron. Throughout their remarkable life together, they were both pivotal contributors to their respective fields of architecture, design and theatre. 

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