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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Poignant reminder of home front perils in the Second World War

23 January 2023

A rare Second World War helmet worn by members of a little-known unit of the UK home front comes for sale at Sworders on February 7.

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Asian art: Look through a lens of Tibetan Buddhism

02 January 2023

Creative examples featured in recent UK auctions show the influence of religion and culture on the Manchu rulers of the Qing

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Sword makers and armourers forced to turn to peaceful pursuits

02 January 2023

The Komai family of sword makers and armourers were among the many Japanese metalworkers courting a new clientele during the Meiji period (1868-1912).

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Ugly, venomous but proves so precious

12 December 2022

Found by head of department Catriona Smith in a box of mixed jewellery, this rare 16th or 17th century gold ‘toadstone’ ring came for sale at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium).

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Baer necessities held back from the main Essex sale

05 December 2022

While the main paintings from the collection of dealer Sir Jack Baer and his wife Diana were sold at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) at the end of September (see ATG No 2564), a group of around 50 works on paper were held back and offered at the Stansted Mountfitchet saleroom’s latest Homes and Interiors online auction.

John Paul Cooper goblet

Arts & Crafts Cooper goblet spotted by dealer at auction

28 November 2022

An Arts & Crafts goblet soared over estimate last week to land in the stock of dealer Anthony Bernbaum of The Peartree Collection, who recognised it as the work of John Paul Cooper (1869-1933).

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Toadstone prized for magical properties

14 November 2022

A rare 16th or 17th century gold ‘toadstone’ ring comes for sale at Sworders in November 23 with expectations of £3000-5000.

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Pick of the week: Court dwarf’s trousers – or just a tall story?

14 November 2022

This pair of trousers, sold for £7500 in Essex on November 9, was thought to have been worn by the 17th century court dwarf Sir Jeffrey Hudson (1619-82).

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Thatcher depictions tick the box for bidders

31 October 2022

Judging by recent events, members of the Conservative Party might well look back longingly to the days of Margaret Thatcher when Britain’s first female prime minister brought a comparative measure of stability to government.

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Sycamore with a special touch

31 October 2022

The vast majority of Mauchline items seen today are engraved transfer-printed wares or other types of ‘fancy Scotch woodwork’ from the Victorian era such as fernware or tartanware.

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Influential dealer Sir Jack Baer's art collection comes to market

17 October 2022

Views of France, both rural and urban, provided an interesting facet to the sale of the collection of Sir Jack Baer and his wife Diana.

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Gwen John drawing from Sir Jack Baer collection takes a new high price

17 October 2022

Modern British pictures featured prominently among the works dispersed by Sworders this autumn from the collection of Sir Jack Baer.

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Sports medals: FA Cup hero and a show-jumping legend

10 October 2022

The game between Arsenal v Manchester United in 1979 provided one of the greatest finishes in FA Cup final history.

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Peter Collingwood wall hanging consigned to auction by Prue Leith

03 October 2022

This ‘microgauze’ woven linen and steel wall hanging by pioneering British weaver Peter Collingwood (1922- 2008) comes for sale courtesy of Prue Leith.

Pietra dura animal panels

Pick of the week: A collecting passion set in stone

19 September 2022

Florentine pietra dura animal panels from home of art dealer Sir Jack Mervyn Frank Baer take six-figure sum.

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Selective chiming for French clocks

19 September 2022

Not quite in step with contemporary interiors, French decorative clocks have had a lower profile at auction in recent times.

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Commons sense: tracking down a parliamentary artist

12 September 2022

Seven years of research, multiple meetings with members of the Lords and the Commons and tracking down an artist’s grandchild in Scotland were all part of dealer Daniel Hadden’s process to establish the painter of an unusual picture he had bought at an antiques fair.

Nurse's cape

Soldiers’ thanks to nurse Esme: cape with military badges brings demand at auction

05 September 2022

This scarlet and navy woollen cape sold in an Essex auction is sewn with the numerous cloth regimental badges that were given to Esme Kathleen Robinson (d.2017) by the soldiers she treated in Oxfordshire as a member of the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) during the Second World War.

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Nun’s illuminating role in Italy

05 September 2022

Sixteenth century manuscript produced in a Florence monastery sells in Essex

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Pick of the week: Large bill – swans book flies away for £54,000

29 August 2022

A two-volume manuscript used to determine swan ownership in East Anglia from the 16th to the 19th century was sold by Sworders for a remarkable £54,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium).

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