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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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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.

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Artworks offered in Essex auction mix history and fantasy

09 October 2017

A nude painting by the 19th century English artist William Etty (1787-1849) starred in Sworders’ (22% buyer’s premium) sale in Essex. The 2ft 2in x 19in (66 x 49cm) oil on panel shows a naked woman in a wooded landscape, her head and body turned away from the viewer.

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Mughal court miniature at Sworders

27 September 2017

This 17th century Indian painting attributed to one of the finest artists of the Mughal court was recently discovered in a private collection in Suffolk. Sworders will offer it for sale in their December 5 Country House Sale with an estimate of £10,000-15,000.

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Sworders offers Bakelite bangles

11 September 2017

Jewellery designers of the 1930s and '40s were attracted to Bakelite, a plastic resin developed in 1907 for industrial purposes, as it was both hard enough to cut and polish and available in a wide range of colours.

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An 18th century stoneware jug takes 40 times top estimate at Sworders

21 August 2017

The surprise package of Sworders’ (22% buyer’s premium) Homes and Interiors sale of August 1 was an early buff stoneware jug of a type commonly associated with the potteries of Fulham and Vauxhall.

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Chocks away for Biggles author watercolours in Essex auction

24 July 2017

A scarce collection of watercolours by Biggles creator WE Johns (1893-1968) sold beyond expectations in Sworders’ (22% buyer’s premium) June 27 sale in Stansted Mountfitchet.

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Pick of the Week: Riding the £23,000 Brompton omnibus

03 July 2017

A highlight of Sworders’ Country House sale in Stansted Mountfitchet on June 27 was a rare tinplate London omnibus.

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Jewellery auction previews

03 July 2017

A selection of stand-out jewellery lots from regional auctions.

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Imperfect Jiaqing vase surpasses expectations to lead Sworders’ Asian art sale

15 May 2017

A Chinese Jiaqing (1795-1820) vase led Sworders’ recent Asian art sale with a five-figure result despite imperfect condition.

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Mark Wilkinson joins Stansted firm

18 April 2017

Former Bonhams and Christie’s specialist Mark Wilkinson is to join Sworders to launch new specialist sales at the Essex auction house. Wilkinson spent over 30 years at Christie’s and led its ‘interiors’ auctions at South Kensington.

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Sworders ready for Christie’s veteran to make his mark

18 April 2017

Pinball machines, Francis Bacon paintbrushes and bear skeletons: is Essex ready for an Out of the Ordinary sale? Sworders managing director Guy Schooling believes so. He has just hired former Bonhams and Christie’s specialist Mark Wilkinson to launch a series of specialist sales at the Stansted Mountfitchet auction house.

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Rare Irish silver porringer sold for five times estimate at Sworders’ auction

30 November 2016

A rare and recently rediscovered Irish Commonwealth/Charles II silver porringer sold today for £25,000 – five times its estimate – at Sworders’ auction in Essex.

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UK regional salerooms share spoils in strong series of Asian art auctions

17 November 2016

The UK’s regional salerooms turned up a series of six-figure objects during the first of two weeks of designated Asian art sales.

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