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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Modern design delights from husband-and-wife architects behind the new British Library

17 February 2020

The recent auction of 20th century design at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) in Stansted Mountfitchet was underpinned by more than 60 consignments from the estate of MJ Long.

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Many faces of Mod Brit art

17 February 2020

Modestly catalogued as English School, 1960s, a Modern British study of a head emerged as one of the top-selling pictures at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) in Stansted Mountfitchet.

‘Evening Star at Full Steam’ by Terence Cuneo

Terence Cuneo ‘end of an era’ painting of British Rail’s last steam engine emerges at Sworders’ auction

13 February 2020

A painting of the last steam engine built for British Rail by the celebrated train painter, Terence Cuneo (1907-96), is being offered at Essex saleroom Sworders next month.

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Pick up a penguin picture

20 January 2020

The English artist and poster designer Alfred Thomson (1894-1979) painted this eye-catching depiction of the famous penguin pool at London Zoo.

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Collection of British Library designers to be offered at Sworders' auction

20 January 2020

Items from the homes of MJ Long (1939-2018) and Colin ‘Sandy’ St John Wilson (1922-2007), the husband and wife team that designed the British Library, come for sale at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet later this month.

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Unseen Christine Keeler photos and letters come to market

10 January 2020

Previously unpublished letters and photos belonging to the late Christine Keeler, who was the centre of a political scandal in the early 1960s after having affairs with both a government minister and a Russian diplomat, have emerged at auction and at a dealership.

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Wedgwood vase, Minton tile and Victorian carriage clock – six lots to watch at auction this week

06 January 2020

With estimates from £40-12,000 here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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Sales offering an international line-up of lots highlight global appeal of provincial auctions

06 January 2020

Provincial by geography but far from provincial in outlook, auction houses from Essex to the Yorkshire Dales underlined the international nature of their trade at recent auctions. Cosmopolitanism covered both what was on offer and who was buying.

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Charity shop rewarded for auction decision on donated ring

17 December 2019

Charity may begin at home, but sometimes it ends in the saleroom. A ring brought into a charity shop nearly doubled its top estimate at auction in Surrey.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £900 including a Herbert Thomas Dicksee polar bear print

16 December 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Herbert Thomas Dicksee polar bear print.

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Engravings succeed through thick and thin

16 December 2019

A pair of engravings after Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525-69) sold for more than six-times estimate at auction in Essex.

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Pick of the week: Corking silver piece of Irish rebel memorabilia

09 December 2019

This rare piece of Cork silver of Irish Republican interest sold for £4000 (plus 23% premium) at Sworders latest sale.

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A model First World War tank, rare 'soldier' teddy bears and Indian mutiny medal – five lots to watch at auction this week

09 December 2019

With estimates from £200-20,000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Princess Anne visits auction house Sworders

02 December 2019

HRH Princess Anne visited auction house Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet to mark the start of a campaign to raise funds for a local charity that is building a specialist autism service in Essex.

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Brooch the topic with Supreme Court approval

11 November 2019

A welcome trend in the jewellery market has been the resurgence of the brooch. In October, when Baroness Brenda Hales gave her verdict on Boris Johnson’s ‘illegal’ prorogation of Parliament, what many social media users really wanted to know was ‘where did she get that spider brooch?’

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Chinese vase bought in charity shop for £1 sold for £380,000 at Sworders auction

08 November 2019

Purchased for £1 from a Hertfordshire charity shop earlier this year, a Qianlong (1736-95) famille rose wall vase sold for £380,000 at Sworders in London today (plus 25% buyer's premium).

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Spotlight on the design process

04 November 2019

Ceramics, furniture, glass and figure highlights from a range of sales under same banner.

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Cedric Morris' pupil David Carr creates his own interest

04 November 2019

Morris record takes the headlines but his pupil is also in demand at same sale.

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Drought supplies ample artistic inspiration for Mod Brit duo

04 November 2019

The year after Cedric Morris painted his verdant Foxgloves in 1932, a severe drought cut through much of southern Britain. The parched soil and the hardship it brought were a source of artistic inspiration for those who painted the form and the character of the rural landscape.

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Cedric Morris market in full bloom as Sworders set auction record

28 October 2019

London art dealer Philip Mould was the successful bidder for three works by Cedric Morris (1889-1982) sold in Essex last week. One set a new auction record for the artist plantsman.

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