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Classic Ashbee piano comes with fine provenance

12 February 2024

Heading Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) January 16 Design sale in Stansted Mountfitchet was a recently rediscovered version of one of the best-known Guild of Handicraft designs.

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Collection of Anglo-American art and antiques dealer Warner Dailey comes to Essex auction

06 February 2024

Items from the remarkable collection of Warner Dailey come to auction this month.

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White-gloves and a trilby hat for Dick Turpin sale

26 January 2024

Sworders enjoyed a white-glove sale and a £406,000 total for the personal collection of Maurice Turpin (1928-2005).

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Haddon powers on with 60 dealers booked for Essex event

22 January 2024

For Emma and Steve Cooper of Haddon Events, their calendar is a whirlwind of events in Essex, Hertfordshire and Greater London including antiques and vintage fairs, vintage fashion fairs, classic car and country shows and a community street event.

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English Civil War siege relics race away to hammer for 25 times the low estimate

22 January 2024

This 19th century glazed wooden case containing musket balls, ceramic fragments and three complete clay pipes was eagerly contested at auction.

Guild Of Handicraft Piano Sworders Jan 16 2024

Rediscovered Ashbee piano with exhibition history sounds a £16,000 note

17 January 2024

A recently-rediscovered version of one of the best known Guild of Handicraft designs has sold at Sworders for £16,000.

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Six lots from upcoming auction of ‘legendary’ dealer’s collection

10 January 2024

Maurice ‘Dick’ Turpin (1928-2005) was one of the best known antiques dealers of his day.

George III brass mortar

Having a blast: 18th century mortar fires up Essex auction

02 January 2024

Sending the old year out with a bang, a George III brass mortar by Jan Verbruggen took £49,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Sworders.

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Ashbee name is key to piano case appeal

11 December 2023

A recently rediscovered version of one of the best-known Guild of Handicraft designs is up for sale at Sworders.

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Imperial power told through a £110,000 hardwood chest

20 November 2023

A Chinese ‘dragon’ box fashioned in the prized Asian wood zitan sold for £110,000 at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) on November 3.

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Protection using the elements

13 November 2023

Pictured here are the plates from a 12th or 13th century klivanion (Byzantine armour).

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Third tranche of Sir Rod Stewart's collection emerges at Sworders

13 November 2023

More items from the collection of Sir Rod Stewart are coming up for sale at Sworders this year.

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That loving feline: David Hockney ceramic cat doubles estimate at auction

30 October 2023

A rare ceramic cat given by David Hockney (b.1937) to strangers who helped him as a student fetched a record price for one of the artist’s sculptural felines when it sold at Stacey’s in Chelmsford.

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Take a kesi seat cover or two

23 October 2023

This pair of kesi chair covers woven with front-facing dragons against an apricot ground, date from the late Ming or early Qing dynasty period.

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Bauer’s Balinese scene serves to please

23 October 2023

Dutch artist used a technique that was much admired in his homeland as well as Britain

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Dennison’s love of the Samurai

23 October 2023

The art of the Samurai comes to Essex firm Sworders on November 2.

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Suffragette’s enamel design skills on show via flower power

16 October 2023

Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) timed online sale that closed on August 13 included this rare enamel by Ernestine Evans Mills (1871-1959).

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Paolo Venini and Fulvio Bianconi: two titans of Italian post-war glass

02 October 2023

Inspired by Carlo Scarpa’s use of murrine glass in the 1930s and 1940s, Paolo Venini (1895-1959) designed a number of vessels in the 1950s that have become classics of post-war Italian design.

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Honoré Daumier takes on the law

18 September 2023

Among the lots on offer at Sworders’ upcoming Old Master, British and European Art sale is a small sketch of two lawyers by Honoré Daumier (1808-79).

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The second sleeper in Colchester: an intaglio ring emerges at auction

04 September 2023

The north European Mannerist bronze sold for £550,000 against a guide of £250-350 was not the only spectacular sleeper in the August 8 sale at Reeman Dansie (22.5% buyer’s premium).