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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Maltese connection lifts maiolica storage jar

04 May 2020

The latest Fine Interiors sale at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) included among the opening lots this large 22in (54cm) high maiolica storage jar.

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Auction calendar begins revival via the virtual rostrum

27 April 2020

After a month’s hiatus, a number of top-tier regional auction houses are returning to the rostrum to conduct ‘live online’ sales.

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New faces at Sworders, Phillips and Bonhams - the latest Movers and Shakers from auction houses

21 April 2020

Among the latest appointments across auction firms, Sarah Flynn has left Cheffins to join Sworders.

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Sworders to roll out online auctions in May

20 April 2020

Sworders is launching a new calendar of online-only and timed online auctions to satisfy demand from clients for sales next month.

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Cuneo captures the last of steam

30 March 2020

Painting of Evening Star reflects end of an era as coal-fired locomotives started to hit the buffers.

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US buyer wins bidding battle for Terence Cuneo’s painting of British Rail’s last steam engine

17 March 2020

Terence Cuneo’s (1907-96) ‘Evening Star at Full Steam’, a painting of the last steam engine built for British Rail, sold to a US buyer at the latest picture sale held at Essex saleroom Sworders.

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Taxidermy penguin from Scott’s doomed Antarctica expedition attracts attention at Sworders

11 March 2020

A taxidermy Adélie penguin collected by scientists during the Terra Nova Antarctic Expedition from 1910-1913 drew strong interest at an auction in Essex this week.

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Witchcraft account sells for over six-times estimate in Essex auction

02 March 2020

An eyewitness account of the trial of two elderly widows on charges of witchcraft proved one of the more successful lots in a truly Out of the Ordinary sale held in Essex on February 11.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

24 February 2020

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Modern design delights from husband-and-wife architects behind the new British Library

17 February 2020

The recent auction of 20th century design at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) in Stansted Mountfitchet was underpinned by more than 60 consignments from the estate of MJ Long.

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Many faces of Mod Brit art

17 February 2020

Modestly catalogued as English School, 1960s, a Modern British study of a head emerged as one of the top-selling pictures at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) in Stansted Mountfitchet.

‘Evening Star at Full Steam’ by Terence Cuneo

Terence Cuneo ‘end of an era’ painting of British Rail’s last steam engine emerges at Sworders’ auction

13 February 2020

A painting of the last steam engine built for British Rail by the celebrated train painter, Terence Cuneo (1907-96), is being offered at Essex saleroom Sworders next month.

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Collection of British Library designers to be offered at Sworders' auction

20 January 2020

Items from the homes of MJ Long (1939-2018) and Colin ‘Sandy’ St John Wilson (1922-2007), the husband and wife team that designed the British Library, come for sale at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet later this month.

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Pick up a penguin picture

20 January 2020

The English artist and poster designer Alfred Thomson (1894-1979) painted this eye-catching depiction of the famous penguin pool at London Zoo.

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Unseen Christine Keeler photos and letters come to market

10 January 2020

Previously unpublished letters and photos belonging to the late Christine Keeler, who was the centre of a political scandal in the early 1960s after having affairs with both a government minister and a Russian diplomat, have emerged at auction and at a dealership.

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Wedgwood vase, Minton tile and Victorian carriage clock – six lots to watch at auction this week

06 January 2020

With estimates from £40-12,000 here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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Sales offering an international line-up of lots highlight global appeal of provincial auctions

06 January 2020

Provincial by geography but far from provincial in outlook, auction houses from Essex to the Yorkshire Dales underlined the international nature of their trade at recent auctions. Cosmopolitanism covered both what was on offer and who was buying.

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Charity shop rewarded for auction decision on donated ring

17 December 2019

Charity may begin at home, but sometimes it ends in the saleroom. A ring brought into a charity shop nearly doubled its top estimate at auction in Surrey.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £900 including a Herbert Thomas Dicksee polar bear print

16 December 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Herbert Thomas Dicksee polar bear print.

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Engravings succeed through thick and thin

16 December 2019

A pair of engravings after Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525-69) sold for more than six-times estimate at auction in Essex.

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