Honoré Daumier takes on the law

18 September 2023

Among the lots on offer at Sworders’ upcoming Old Master, British and European Art sale is a small sketch of two lawyers by Honoré Daumier (1808-79).


The second sleeper in Colchester: an intaglio ring emerges at auction

04 September 2023

The north European Mannerist bronze sold for £550,000 against a guide of £250-350 was not the only spectacular sleeper in the August 8 sale at Reeman Dansie (22.5% buyer’s premium).


Norwich secular silver survives to make it to auction

03 July 2023

Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) June 13-14 Fine Interiors sale included a collection of Norwich 17th century silver assembled by one of East Anglia’s best-known families.


Adler led avant garde into the British art world

26 June 2023

Refugee artist provided first-hand experience of cutting edge style


Surprise in the saleroom as 'manner of' Old Master makes over 50 times estimate

12 June 2023

Among a number of works at the latest Old Master, British and European Art sale at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) sparking keen interest were a couple of contrasting paintings selling well above predictions.


Kangxi blue and white delight in Essex

12 June 2023

The Qing hexagonal form blue and white jardinière shown here is a type used to grow flowers or bonsai at the Qing court.


Georgian necklace evokes family memories

05 June 2023

A necklace composed of nine ‘Stuart crystal’ memorial slides comes for sale at Sworders’ auction of Fine Jewellery and Watches on June 27.


Rolex taken from £200 original purchase to £45,500 at auction

05 June 2023

This Rolex Cosmograph Dayton is proof that some branded wristwatches have become an exceptional investment


Doulton delights packed in floor to ceiling

03 June 2023

A remarkable Nautilus Clock sold for £7000 when Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) offered the first part of the Ann Turner collection of Doulton pottery.

Norwich silver

Get a taste of silver from the Colman collection coming to auction in Essex

29 May 2023

Sworders’ next Fine Interiors sale includes a collection of Norwich 17th century silver assembled by one of East Anglia’s best-known families.


Interview: 'Bawden prints are a bit of fun'

08 May 2023

Amy Scanlon, head of Modern and Contemporary art at Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet, discusses her affection for Bawden prints


Pressing engagement in Essex

01 May 2023

The oshi-e technique, meaning ‘pressed picture’, involves folding and pressing scraps of fabric, such as kimono cloth, and washi paper to create an image.


Owned by a London connoisseur, gentleman collector and agent to Victor Rothschild

01 May 2023

This pair of 10in (25cm) famille verte and ormolu vases has a provenance to Arthur Tite (1904-84), the London connoisseur, gentleman collector and agent to Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron (1910-90).


Lewis Carroll’s ‘child friends’ photographs sell to French dealer

01 May 2023

A series of photographs taken by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-98) – aka Lewis Carroll – has sold for £94,400 as part of a timed online auction at Sworders.


South American funerary urn stands-out as private collections galore come to Essex auction

17 April 2023

Among the highlights of Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest Fine Interiors sale was a remarkable anthropomorphic funerary urn from Ecuador.

Military costume

Pick of the week: Old Romantics who loved to dress up

03 April 2023

This military tunic was worn by the English soldier and friend of the Romantic poets Edward John Trelawny during the Greek War of Independence.


Surrealist carpet designed comes with heart and sole

27 March 2023

Footprint design telling a story of lost love stars among a selection of ‘out of the ordinary’ collectables lots sold at auction

George I architect’s desk

A grand design: George I architect’s desk in demand

20 March 2023

This exceptional George I walnut and feather-banded architect’s desk was hammered down at seven times its low estimate.


Musician's Doulton Lambeth collection comes to Essex auction

20 March 2023

On May 16 Sworders is offering the first tranche of a fine collection of Doulton Lambeth ceramics.


Obituary: Mark Kenneth Marchant (1935-2023)

20 March 2023

Mark Marchant was born in 1935 and grew up in Sevenoaks, Kent.