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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Sworders' Debden sale sets solid bench mark

23 October 2013

Sworders have sold the contents of Debden Manor, Essex from their saleroom in Stansted Mountfitchet – a house sale titled ‘An Architect’s Eye, A Collector’s Passion’.

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Owl photograph that failed to amuse the prince

22 February 2013

This album, included in Sworders’ February 26 sale at Stansted Mountfitchet, contains correspondence relating to an incident over the shooting of an owl during a Royal visit to the Wynyard Park estate in 1896.

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Fairytale ending at £29,500

11 February 2013

The highlight of the recent Decorative Art and Design sale conducted by Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet was this Wedgwood Fairyland lustre malfrey pot and cover designed by Daisy Makeig-Jones (1881-1945).

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Stylish Finnish chair in decorative sale

18 January 2013

Created by the 20th century Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto, this Paimio seat, with a model no. of 41, is to be included in Sworders’ Decorative Art Sale on January 29 in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex.

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The added value of celebrity

18 January 2013

The names Cartier and Paul Hubner of Augsburg guaranteed the quality of a lapel watch and parcel gilt cup, but their values were enhanced by the names of early 20th century celebrities when they were offered at a recent sale held by Sworders at Stansted Mountfitchet.

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Christening cup with literary connections

29 November 2012

A gilt christening cup given by Lawrence of Arabia to the son of the real-life Peter Pan is to be sold at Sworders on December 4.

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American buyer poaches top Black Forest carving

05 November 2012

This carving of a poacher signed by Johann Huggler (1834-1912) of Brienz, Switzerland was the highlight of a collection of 28 ‘Black Forest’ type carvings sold at the latest sale held by Sworders.

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Carved ship model at Sworders

29 October 2012

Sworders are offering this ornately carved ivory model of a pleasure junk dating from the early 20th century in their Asian art sale on November 13.

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Is this Swiss wood-carving a self-portrait?

18 October 2012

Despite being called a ‘Black Forest’ carving, this late 19th century figure by Johann Huggler of Brienz, of a poacher with dead deer, gun and a dog at his feet, the base carved with rabbits and birds, was actually produced in Switzerland rather than Bavaria.

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Dino Martens glasswork makes rare appearance in UK sale

18 October 2012

Although originally entered into one of the regular weekly sales held by Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet, this striking mid-century glass vessel was plucked from obscurity by a member of staff who recognised it as something worthy of further research.

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Rare Ravilious submarines surface at Sworders

29 September 2012

Prints by Eric Ravilious (1903-42) don’t crop up too often, so when Sworders’ offered a collection of five lithographs from his ‘Submarines’ series at latest sale in Stansted Mountfitchet, there was understandably a good level of interest.

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18th century barometers still command a premium

16 August 2012

While 19th century wheel, or banjo, barometers have not been the most sought after items at auction in recent times, 18th century stick barometers can still bring strong demand, as evidenced by the George III example pictured here.

British auction houses announce ambitious expansion plans

14 August 2012

Regional auctioneers are showing their confidence in the future as they embark upon new building projects.

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The collection of Conan Doyle’s maid

06 July 2012

At their country house sale on July 10 in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex auctioneers Sworders will include 11 lots from the collection of Mary Jakeman, a lady’s maid to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his wife at the turn of the 20th century.

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What price the Pugin premium today?

11 May 2012

Sworders’ Spring Country House sale in Stansted Mountfitchet on April 24 included a remarkable collection of pieces designed by Augustus Pugin for his own Ramsgate home.

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Provinces pack a punch with new raft of coin sales

11 April 2012

WHILE London auctions saw a 25% rise in value for 2011, sales outside the capital have also been growing.

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£250,000 Hepworth marks the beginning of a new era

16 January 2012

THIS alabaster sculpture by Barbara Hepworth (1903-75), entitled Two Rotating Forms II and dated to 1966, began the new year in style for Sworders.

Thieves target rhino horn at Sworders’ sale

28 February 2011

A TAXIDERMY rhinoceros head mount has been stolen Sworders auction house in Stansted Mountfitchet in what police believe was a raid planned by professional thieves.

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A £52,000 mystery solved

29 November 2010

LIGHT has been shed on the £52,000 price tag awarded an oak and gilt-bronze coffer on stand at a Sworders Interiors sale.

Sworders consolidate in favour of Sudbury office

26 July 2010

EAST Anglia auctioneers Sworders have ceased holding sales in Sudbury. The former Olivers saleroom in Burkitt’s Lane, Sudbury will now become an office and storage facility with all future consignments removed for sale to Stansted Mountfitchet.

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