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Cross-section of great designs offered in Essex

18 February 2019

Sworders offers late 19th and 20th century styles reflecting the period zeitgeist.

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No, it isn’t a huge carrot…

18 February 2019

It’s not every day you see an auctioneer holding a 5ft 6in (1.67m) long sperm whale penis. Then again, it’s not every day that you see the sort of lots that are offered in Sworders’ Out of the Ordinary auction.

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Lantern clocks illuminate Essex auction

04 February 2019

The names of two 17th century makers took these two lantern clocks way above estimates at Sworders’ (23% buyer’s premium) sale at Stansted Mountitchet. Both were from the Barbara Holliday collection that majored on Modern British art (see Art Market, ATG No 2377).

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Mod Brits get in the Holliday mood

28 January 2019

Modern British pictures by female artists made a major contribution to the bottom line at Sworders’ (23% buyer’s premium) dispersal of the Barbara Holliday Collection.

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Buyers give warm reception to winter Holliday dispersal at Sworders

21 January 2019

A single-owner collection, including significant works from the Modern British canon, sold for £541,200 at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet last week.

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Mod Brit art for under £1000 at Sworders' Barbara Holliday collection sale

11 January 2019

As the Barbara Holliday collection of Mod Brit art goes under the hammer on January 15 at Sworders, ATG talks to the sale's curator to discover lots that prove owning work by a blue-chip Mod Brit artist doesn’t have to cost the earth.

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Bird oil panels from Tim Wonnacott collection pose a puzzle

07 January 2019

Four works sold in Essex auction could be part of Marks’ Eaton Hall commission.

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Mod Brit art from Cumbrian collector to be auctioned at Sworders in Essex

17 December 2018

A single-owner private collection, including significant works by artists from the Modern British canon, will be sold at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet on January 15.

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Silver and glass menagerie – First bite of extensive collection of animal decanters sells at Essex auction house

26 November 2018

One half of an extensive single-owner collection of novelty Victorian and Edwardian silver and glass animal objects went under the hammer at Reeman Dansie’s two-day sale in Colchester last week.

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Silver tea service was the height of fashion

26 November 2018

Following the wake of the influential 1862 International Exhibition in London (when Japanese art first reached a wide British audience), this tea service below would have been the height of fashion when it was made by Richard Martin and Ebenezer Hall in 1879.

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Guild edged Arts & Crafts at Stacey’s auction

26 November 2018

This classical Guild of Handicrafts bowl, below, underlined the popularity of Arts & Crafts silver when offered by Essex auction house Stacey’s (20% buyer’s premium).

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Animal magic at Colchester auction house as a crocodile, cockatoo and walrus file into saleroom

20 November 2018

A menagerie of claret jugs, pepperettes, whisky tots and scent bottles is being offered for sale in Essex today.

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Former Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott to auction his own personal collection

13 November 2018

Tim Wonnacott is to auction his collection of more than 250 items at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet next month.

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Great Leap Forward for Mao’s artist-decorated porcelain

12 November 2018

Strong bidding for the best Republic period porcelain has become a familiar sight at Asian art sales. Less often observed is the newer enthusiasm for artist-decorated wares from the early years of the People’s Republic.

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Timely Cartier lot at Sworders

12 November 2018

The Fine Jewellery and Watches auction at Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet on November 20 will include this Cartier Art Deco rose-cut diamond, black and white enamel and seed pearl-set pendant watch, c.1915.

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The count rides into auction yet again

29 October 2018

The appearance of the 19th century Meissen figure based on Kaendler’s original Count Bruhl’s Tailor begins to bring to mind Monty Python’s Green Knight as he rides undaunted into UK auctions despite his increasingly battered state.

First edition of a worldly work on offer in Essex

29 October 2018

A handful of copies of Robert Morden’s 'Geography Rectified, or a Description of the World' have made a little more at auction than a 1680 copy offered in a Stacey’s (24% buyer’s premium) sale of September 10 – but all bar one of them were second or third editions of 1688 and 1693.

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Benchmark prices for Horlicks’ ‘prime period’ Mouseman

15 October 2018

The Horlicks collection of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson furniture was sold at Sworders’ auction for £236,000.

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Nancy’s reward came in the Pursuit of Love

01 October 2018

Before finally achieving success in 1945 with The Pursuit of Love and then with Love in a Cold Climate, Nancy Mitford had published three novels. Two of these made record sums in a recent Stansted sale.

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Furniture from Mouseman’s major commission for the Horlick’s factory in Slough – one to watch next week

28 September 2018

With a loyal UK collecting base – and a growing number of fans overseas – Mouseman furniture of all periods has a strong following on the secondary market.