Saleroom selection: under £1000 at Sworders' anniversary sale

16 July 2018

In terms of lot numbers, the major single contribution to Sworders’ anniversary sale (see main Auction Reports this edition) on June 19-20 was the estate of the late Annabelle Comery, an inveterate and wealthy collector who had lived on Alderney in the Channel Islands.

Freud landscape

Rediscovered Lucian Freud and Cedric Morris Suffolk landscapes sell at Essex auction

11 July 2018

A rediscovered landscape attributed to Lucian Freud, found under another painting, has sold at a top-estimate £30,000 at the Sworders saleroom.

Tom Wright

Not one but two Lucian Freud paintings discovered underneath picture by Suffolk pub sign artist

02 July 2018

A picture by a pub sign painter and a friend of Lucian Freud (1922-2011) found in a cellar in Suffolk actually contains not one, but two early works by the renowned artist.


Horlicks’ Mouseman furniture comes to auction

25 June 2018

The Horlicks collection of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson furniture will be sold at auction in Stansted Mountfitchet this autumn.


Love of print format is in the Essex air

28 May 2018

British artists dominated Sworders’ (23% buyer’s premium) Modern & Contemporary prints sale in Essex, with works by Banksy, Patrick Hughes, Damien Hirst, Bridget Riley and Grayson Perry all getting away.


Straw blimey: the Sworders view over a decade

14 May 2018

Buildings constructed out of straw bales sound more like the world of Channel 4’s Grand Designs rather than the often solidly traditional realm of art and antiques auctioneers.


Cabinet price beaten only by record Rolex

14 May 2018

Briefly catalogued as a 19th century French cabinet embellished with gilt metal mounts and a jasperware plaque, this highly decorative piece shown below was a stand-out offering at Rayleigh auction house Stacey’s (20% buyer’s premium).


Charismatic subjects lead the canine market

07 May 2018

Dog pictures with charisma, personality and plenty of naturalism are a driving force in the secondary market for canine art, judging by a recent string of buoyant prices in the regions.


A good bit of sport in the country

07 May 2018

A good dose of sporting art is practically a prerequisite for any country house dispersal.


A country house career highlight auction

07 May 2018

“When I come to look back at my career, I think this sale will have been the highlight,” said auctioneer Guy Schooling, 40 years at the rostrum, after selling the contents of Hertfordshire country house North Mymms Park.


Select modern silver at North Mymms Park

07 May 2018

The increasing market interest in modern designer silver was well catered for among the contents of North Mymms Park offered at Sworders.


Cabinets make healthy sums in Essex

07 May 2018

Given the GlaxoSmithKline link, it was not a surprise to see four apothecaries’ cabinets among the contents of North Mymms Park sold at Sworders.


High Thai interest served up from country house

07 May 2018

Among the silver from North Mymms Park lots offered at Sworders, a couple of 18th century classics, a c.1735 Scottish bullet teapot and a pair of John Cafe London 1775 table candlesticks, were eclipsed by the surprise success of a scantily catalogued Oriental teapot.


North Mymms contents sale tops £1.75m and posts best-ever sale for Sworders

23 April 2018

The primary contents of North Mymms Park in Hertfordshire – including an important collection of European tapestries – provided Sworders with its best-ever sale last week.


Reclamation for dummies and a market winning idea

23 April 2018

Artist Mel Winning runs a reclamation business in the medieval market town of Manningtree in Essex.


Sumptuous tapestries help country house auction to total a hefty £1.75m for Sworders

19 April 2018

The primary contents of North Mymms Park in Hertfordshire – including a collection of European tapestries that have been at the property for over a century - have sold at auction for close to £2m.


Time to locate your own vintage pocket watch

16 April 2018

Celebrated in the thoroughly modern way with a Google Doodle on April 3 on what would have been his 325th birthday was John Harrison.


Valuation day Belleroche posts record

16 April 2018

Essex saleroom Sworders (23% buyer’s premium) set a new auction high for Belle Epoque artist Albert de Belleroche (1864-1944).

Princess Michael of Kent

Princess Michael of Kent returns to Essex for auction preview

12 April 2018

Princess Michael of Kent returned to Sworders 10 years after she had opened the Essex firm's new saleroom for an auction preview this week.


Haddon powers on in Essex

09 April 2018

Steve Cooper of Haddon Events is such a keen supporter of the Museum of Power at Maldon in Essex that he holds a biannual antiques and collectors’ fair at the venue.