Sworders

Sworders are an auction house based in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex. They have a history dating back to 1782 when their Bishop’s Stortford-based forerunner started out in agriculture and property sales.

In 2008 Sworders moved to new purpose-built auction rooms and they also maintain a valuation office in Hertford.

The firm stages regular sales of antiques and collectables as well as other specialist events including dedicated modern art and design auctions and quarterly Country House sales.


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A Buddha in the hand at 350-times estimate

23 May 2022

This 900-year-old Pala dynasty bronze figure of a Buddhist deity beat all expectations to bring £210,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Sworders’ Asian Art sale in Stansted Mountfitchet on May 13.

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The Fry Art Gallery reopens after refurb with Great Bardfield exhibition sponsored by Sworders

03 May 2022

The Fry Art Gallery in Essex has undergone a major refurbishment and one of the first shows is being supported by local auction house Sworders.

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First light of neoclassicism

02 May 2022

This 13in (33cm) ormolu vase candelabrum is a candidate for the earliest English neoclassical metalwork.

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Archaic bronze censer in Essex

02 May 2022

Vessels of archaistic form were popular with the Qing who wished to emulate the perceived virtues of antiquity.

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McPhail auction record fleshed out to £20,500

25 April 2022

Interest from both trade and private buyers helped set an auction record for Paul McPhail (b.1966) at Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest sale of Modern and Contemporary art.

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Let there be light and music – two sales from well-known dealers come to auction this week

19 April 2022

Items from Pimlico Road dealer Christopher Butterworth and LAPADA dealer Tony Bingham are coming to auction in London and Essex.

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Fairbanks collection: McEwen prices bloom and Betts sits comfortably in the market

28 March 2022

Two works formerly owned by American actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr (1909-2000) drew dramatic competition at a dedicated sale of his collection.

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Ukraine crisis funds raised by art and antiques market

10 March 2022

Dealers, fairs organisers and auction houses are using the proceeds of sales to raise money to aid victims of the Ukrainian crisis.

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Melancholic not monstrous Mephistopheles sculpture sells at Sworders

07 March 2022

The unexpected highlight of the Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) Out of the Ordinary sale on February 15 was this plaster version of the Jean-Jacques Feuchère (1807-52) sculpture Mephistopheles.

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The £5 junk shop find which proved to be a £12,500 Vienna Secession chair

07 February 2022

This fine example of Vienna Secession furniture was bought last year in a junk shop on the south coast for just £5.

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Bumper sales totals reveal Dreweatts now takes top spot in the regions

24 January 2022

Auction figures for firms outside London show a shake-up of the status quo

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Distinctive William Wood miniatures emerge in Buckinghamshire sale

24 January 2022

Estimated at just £60-100, a pair of Georgian portrait miniatures sold online for £2900 at Amersham Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium) on January 6.

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How the Manchu dynasty tried to brush over Ming history

17 January 2022

This Kangxi (1662-1722) period blue and white brush pot was offered at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) in Stansted Mountfitchet.

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The £9000 tribute to the talented Miss Biffin

20 December 2021

A rare work by Sarah Biffin (1784-1850), the early 19th century artist born without limbs, sold for £9000 at Sworders on December 15.

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Art rarity: the trade outbids private buyers

20 December 2021

A sight increasingly uncommon at auction – the trade outbidding private buyers on key lots of Modern art – occurred a number of times at Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest sale in this category.

Mark Wilkinson

Promotions and new roles – a round up of Movers and Shakers in the UK, US and Europe

01 December 2021

The latest jobs news across the world of art and antiques.

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Super Sèvres selections at separate sales

15 November 2021

Estimated at £200-300 in the belief they were later copies, a pair of Sèvres dishes sold for £9500 at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium).

Kangxi blue and white brush pot

Chinese brush pot stars in our pick of five auction highlights

12 November 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Kangxi blue and white brush pot that made over 40-times estimate in Essex.

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Small Peploe view of the Hebrides shines

01 November 2021

A small picture by a giant of the 20th century Scottish art market captivated both domestic and overseas buyers at Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest Modern and Contemporary art sale.

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