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20th Century Art and Design


20th Century Art and Design

Sworders conduct three specialist auctions a year which have quickly become an established part of the UK auction calendar.

The next sale will be held:


Tuesday 10th October 2017 - Entries close Friday 25 August

The Decorative Art and Design sale caters for all budgets with estimates ranging from £100 to £100,000 and, offering many different categories, we target collectors, Interior Designers, Private and Trade clients.

Antique Collecting Guide on Arts & Crafts Furniture co-written by John Black and Ivan Macquisten

There are three distinct sections within the sale covering Arts and Crafts, Art Deco and Modern Design and Furniture

Arts and Crafts

Highlights include a piano designed by Charles Robert Ashbee for the Guild of Handicrafts sold for £10,400; a pair of Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson oak bookends sold for £2,200 and a Liberty's Tudric pewter mantel clock sold for £3,400. 

Art Deco

This style sits well within the modern home, we have expanded this section over the last few years, it remains popular with buyer's and vendors alike. Recent highlights include a good Art Deco walnut dining table and sideboard suite £2,300 and an Art Deco dressing cabinet in sycamore and rosewood with shagreen doors that sold for £5,100.

Modern Design

Over the last few sales we have concentrated on growing the Scandinavian Furniture and Design element and now have a section solely dedicated to contemporary lighting, objects and design. We continue to achieve great results following Finn Juhl's ‘Bwana’ chair selling for £2,200.


British Art Pottery, Moorcroft, Clarice Cliff, Art Deco Ceramics and Modern Studio Ceramics, are strong within the sales and two fantastic finds, both William de Morgan Chargers, sold for £7,200 and £14,000. A recent sale of a client’s Clarice Cliff collection totaled over £30,000.

Modern Sculpture

Post-War British and Continental sculpture is popular with collectors and Interior Designers and can be fully integrated into schemes in the home or garden. Two major finds have been Barbara Hepworth's 'Two Rotating Forms II' and 'Figure in a Landscape (Zennor)', both from 1966, selling for £250,000 and £80,000 respectively.


Fitting in well with the three distinct sections of Arts and Crafts, Art Deco and Modern Design we always have a selection of affordable and stylish pieces to choose from.

The Stansted Mountfitchet saleroom is well placed for London and East Anglia and has gained a reputation for excellent results for our vendors.  Our reputation gives us access to the worldwide marketplace and we sell works to clients internationally. The sale is fully illustrated on our website and we also sell live through:


Recent lots in the sale can be found in our archived sales on our Pinterest page.

20th Century Decorative Art and Design

Forthcoming Sales

20th Century Decorative Art and Design

10th October 2017, 10:00am

Catalogue Coming Soon

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John Black BA (Hons) ASFAV

John Black BA (Hons) ASFAV

Director 20th Century Art & Design

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