The Collection Of The Late Lord & Lady Swaythling Achieved £2,912,112

The Collection of the late Lord and Lady Swaythling achieved £ 2,912,112, selling 94% sold by lot and 98% sold by value.

Charlotte Young, Specialist Head of Sale, Private and Iconic Collections commented: “Christie’s is proud to have been entrusted with ‘The Collection of the late Lord and Lady Swaythling’ and is thrilled with the strong prices and overall result of the sale which are a testament to the illustrious collectors and their respective collections amassed over multiple generations.

The market showed great enthusiasm across all categories from jewelry to Chinese works of art and English painted enamels, reflecting the appetite for works with great provenance, many of which have been unseen in public for many decades, if ever. It was particularly pleasing to see such strong results for the group of Goldsmid family portraits by Arthur William Devis, inherited from Lord Swaythling’s paternal grandmother, where the group portrait of Benjamin Goldsmid’s children doubled its low estimate to achieve £201,600.

There was competitive bidding for the vibrant group of Impressionist and PostImpressionist works, which were led by Francis Picabia’s Notre-Dame, effet de soleil, 1906 which sold for £516,600.”


Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in the first half of 2019 that totalled £2.2 billion / $2.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectables, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.