New print department to open at Sworders of Stansted

PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 December 2016

Shane Xu with a print

Shane Xu with a print

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Art enthusiasts will be pleased that an auction in Stansted is opening a dedicated department to all things printed next year.

It will be curated by Shane Xu, who worked at Bloomsbury Auctions, and will feature famous names from all over the world such as Eric Gill, Elisabeth Frink, Picasso, and Dalí.

More than 700 lots have been consigned for the start of the auctions, on May 24 next year.

There will be two sales at the auctioneers, Sworders, of printed matter each year – the first called 500 Years of Printmaking.

Managing director of Sworders, Guy Schooling, said: “This is an exciting and timely departure for us at Sworders as the new print department will complement the significant strides we have been making in our Modern British art sales over the past year.

“Shane’s knowledge and expertise, as well as her fluent Chinese, knowledge of Japanese and proven track record of building up key client bases from scratch, promise to make our print sales a roaring success, as this first effort already shows.”

The new curator has a masters degree in event management, but has also spent time in studios studying printmaking techniques.

She said: “It is all about educating people who at first could not understand why you would spend good money on what they saw, essentially, as a copy.

“My new role at Sworders will allow me to extend that range to include the whole history of printmaking, which is a very exciting prospect, and we will be working on ideas to explain the attraction of prints and printmaking techniques as part of that process.”

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