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).

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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.

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Anyone for real tennis – early 19th century rackets take £13,000 at Sworders

19 March 2018

An unexpected highlight of a recent sale at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet was this set of four early real tennis rackets. They came from a client in the North of England and had been owned by the family for many years.


Mary Fedden demand strong across UK

19 March 2018

A pair of trademark gouaches by Mary Fedden (1915-2012) drew strong bidding at auctions in Derbyshire and Essex.


James Dickson Innes – an artist searching for freedom

12 March 2018

A painting by the obscure Welsh artist James Dickson Innes (1887-1914) generated keen bidding at Essex saleroom Stacey’s (24% buyer’s premium) on February 26.

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“A sanctuary of fine art and antiques”: Sworders sweeps back the curtains ahead of historic Hertfordshire estate contents sale – video

07 March 2018

Sworders has said that its upcoming auction of the primary contents of the historic Hertfordshire estate North Mymms Park will be “among the finest house sales we have conducted in 30 years”.


A mermaid at auction? Half mammal-half fish creation in demand at Sworders’ Out of the Ordinary sale

19 February 2018

This late 19th century ‘natural history’ specimen purports to be the mummified body of a creature that was half mammal and half fish.


How a £1 coin produced in error could now be worth over £1000 at auction

02 February 2018

Not every coin has to be old to have value for collectors. A £1 coin struck in error just last year is estimated at £1000-1400 in the TimeLine Auctions February 20-24 sale.


North Mymms’ contents to be sold at Sworders auction

22 January 2018

Sworders is to sell the primary contents of North Mymms Park, Hertfordshire – including a collection of European tapestries that have been at the property for over a century.


January clocks in confidently at Essex sale

22 January 2018

Good times ahead were predicted by Guy Schooling, chairman of Sworders (23% buyer’s premium), after the January 9 Homes & Interiors sale at Stansted Mountfitchet which was topped by a WAS Benson brass mantel clock.


Great Bardfield proves fertile ground for local saleroom in Essex

02 January 2018

The so-called ‘Great Bardfield Artists’, named after the Essex village where a community of painters and designers lived from the 1930s onwards, has become fertile ground for local auction house Sworders (22% buyer’s premium).


Cannons from a 17th century English warship return to UK for Southend museum

15 December 2017

Recovered from a US buyer, three historic cannons are returning to Southend for a new exhibition.


Pick of the Week: Lofft gives a painting lift

11 December 2017

This 17th century Indian painting attributed to one of the best artists of the Mughal court sold for £42,000 at Sworders’ December 5 Country House Sale.


Contents of Australian School artist Tony Underhill’s studio revealed for first time in 40 years at auction in Essex

13 November 2017

Works from the studio of the late artist Tony Underhill, unseen for decades, are to be sold at auction in Essex today.

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Five goal England football hero Supermac sells his memorabilia collection

26 October 2017

Football trivia time: who was the last player to score five goals for England in a game – but never played for the national team at Wembley ever again?


Nelson sinks to shop sign level

23 October 2017

When the vendor consigned a 3ft 2in (97cm) tall carved figure of Nelson into the Rayleigh rooms of Stacey’s (20% buyer’s premium), he believed it to be a ship’s figurehead.


Pick of the Week: Ottoman beads beat ‘Bakelite’ pitch but no Turkish bid delight

23 October 2017

The presence of two Turkish gentlemen at the Objects of Desire sale at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet on October 18 had raised a few eyebrows – if only because they appeared singularly disinterested in the contents of this ‘handbags and gladrags’ sale.

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Sworders seeks to boost its fine art auctions with appointment of former CSK and Sotheby's specialist

17 October 2017

Sworders has appointed former Sotheby’s, Christie’s South Kensington and Bonhams picture specialist, Jane Oakley, to expand the scope and frequency of its fine art auctions.