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The Bury Hill cabinets, sold at Sworders auction room 10th anniversary sale on June 19 and 20.

The Bury Hill cabinets, sold at Sworders auction room 10th anniversary sale on June 19 and 20. - Credit: Sworders

Two day anniversary auction at Sworders in Essex makes a massive £780,000.

Sworders fine art auctioneers celebrated 10 years in its award-winning auction rooms, with an exhilarating two-day auction on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19 and 20 June.

With more than 1,000 superb consignments from across East Anglia, the UK and further afield, Sworders’ 10th anniversary sale added up to a massive £780,000.

Held at Sworders’ purpose-built, auction rooms in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex the anniversary sale profiled a variety of extraordinary lots, from Japanese and Chinese works of art through to oak and country furniture, which were open to bidders in person, over the phone, and online.

The auction began with an intriguing collection from the property of a lady from Suffolk, the 34 lots sold for a huge £26,469.60.

This was closely followed by a number of items from the Ann Comery Estate in Cambridgeshire.

Through a lifetime of collecting, the late Ann Comery built a diverse selection of wonderful antiques, paintings, mirrors, silver and glass. The estate sold for a grand total of £78,471.70.

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Other star lots were a pair of 18ct gold goblets – created by Gerald Benney, one of the most outstanding goldsmiths of the 20th century, which sold for £10,455.

Catching the eye of everyone in the room were the Bury Hill Cabinets, two George lll period Coromandel lacquer press cupboards constructed from 17th century panels, depicting a palace scene, animals, birds and flowers.

The rare cabinets were sold for £18,942. A beautiful red lacquered bureau bookcase, George II and later, caused excitement in the room, and one determined bidder claimed the item for £11,808.