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How a saleroom can get into the right groove to offer an amphibious vehicle and a 12m sofa

17 July 2019

As an auction house, what sale format do you squeeze an amphibious vehicle or a 12m long sofa into? When it comes to the ‘weird and wonderful’, auctioneers often face a challenge.

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The late 19th century finds fashion favour

15 July 2019

Pieces from the late 19th century, a vibrant but occasionally derided moment in the history of the decorative arts, provided many of the highlights to Sworders’ summer Fine Interiors sale in Stansted Montfitchet.

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£40,000 sleeper is Edo export survivor

27 May 2019

Unusually for an Asian art sale, the top price at Sworders' latest offering in in Stansted Mountfitchet was paid for a Japanese work of art.

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East India Company captain's Chinese export charger appears at Sworders

06 May 2019

This Chinese export charger, measuring 15in (40cm), is one of two from the service made for Captain Matthew Martin, captain of the 32-gun East Indiaman Marlborough.

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Tang dynasty rabbit makes appearance at Timeline Auctions

06 May 2019

Some early Chinese objects are included in the Timeline Auctions sale in Harwich, Essex on May 28.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

19 April 2019

A collaborative portrait between two revered 19th century equestrian painters will lead a sale of sporting art at Essex saleroom Sworders on April 30.

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A £6800 judgment for Simeon Solomon drawing at Essex auction

25 March 2019

London Judaica dealer Joseph Landau travelled to Sworders in Stansted Moutfitchet on March 13 with the sole purpose of buying a pencil, charcoal and white chalk drawing Carrying the Torah by Simeon Solomon (1840-1905).

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Modern British female artists: the auction scene

11 March 2019

Women artists – historically overlooked in scholarship and undervalued on the market – have emerged more and more at auction over the last few years.

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Burmese scene by royal artist Gerald Kelly draws interest at Sworders

11 March 2019

Among the lots drawing keen interest at Sworders’ Modern British and 20th century sale in Essex on February 26 was a privately consigned 2ft x 2ft 8in (61 x 83cm) oil on canvas of Burmese women collecting water by Royal portraitist Gerald Kelly (1879-1972).

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No, it isn’t a huge carrot…

18 February 2019

It’s not every day you see an auctioneer holding a 5ft 6in (1.67m) long sperm whale penis. Then again, it’s not every day that you see the sort of lots that are offered in Sworders’ Out of the Ordinary auction.

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Cross-section of great designs offered in Essex

18 February 2019

Sworders offers late 19th and 20th century styles reflecting the period zeitgeist.

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Lantern clocks illuminate Essex auction

04 February 2019

The names of two 17th century makers took these two lantern clocks way above estimates at Sworders’ (23% buyer’s premium) sale at Stansted Mountitchet. Both were from the Barbara Holliday collection that majored on Modern British art (see Art Market, ATG No 2377).

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Mod Brits get in the Holliday mood

28 January 2019

Modern British pictures by female artists made a major contribution to the bottom line at Sworders’ (23% buyer’s premium) dispersal of the Barbara Holliday Collection.

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Buyers give warm reception to winter Holliday dispersal at Sworders

21 January 2019

A single-owner collection, including significant works from the Modern British canon, sold for £541,200 at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet last week.

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Mod Brit art for under £1000 at Sworders' Barbara Holliday collection sale

11 January 2019

As the Barbara Holliday collection of Mod Brit art goes under the hammer on January 15 at Sworders, ATG talks to the sale's curator to discover lots that prove owning work by a blue-chip Mod Brit artist doesn’t have to cost the earth.

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Bird oil panels from Tim Wonnacott collection pose a puzzle

07 January 2019

Four works sold in Essex auction could be part of Marks’ Eaton Hall commission.

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Mod Brit art from Cumbrian collector to be auctioned at Sworders in Essex

17 December 2018

A single-owner private collection, including significant works by artists from the Modern British canon, will be sold at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet on January 15.

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Silver and glass menagerie – First bite of extensive collection of animal decanters sells at Essex auction house

26 November 2018

One half of an extensive single-owner collection of novelty Victorian and Edwardian silver and glass animal objects went under the hammer at Reeman Dansie’s two-day sale in Colchester last week.

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Guild edged Arts & Crafts at Stacey’s auction

26 November 2018

This classical Guild of Handicrafts bowl, below, underlined the popularity of Arts & Crafts silver when offered by Essex auction house Stacey’s (20% buyer’s premium).

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Silver tea service was the height of fashion

26 November 2018

Following the wake of the influential 1862 International Exhibition in London (when Japanese art first reached a wide British audience), this tea service below would have been the height of fashion when it was made by Richard Martin and Ebenezer Hall in 1879.