Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

Joshua Reynolds portrait of 5th Earl of Carlisle

Tate takes ownership of Joshua Reynolds portrait from Castle Howard

16 August 2016

The Tate has acquired a major portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) from Castle Howard in North Yorkshire after it was accepted in lieu of inheritance tax.

Balthasar Permoser statuettes

Ivory statuettes blocked from export… but will they be saved for the nation?

15 August 2016

The government has imposed an export bar on two ivory statuettes by Balthasar Permoser (1651-1732), allowing UK buyers the opportunity to match the £1.8m price before they leave the country.

Galeon Hone stained glass from Withcote Chapel

‘Irreplaceable’ Tudor stained glass stolen from Leicestershire chapel

12 August 2016

A Tudor stained glass panel attributed to Galeon Hone, glazier to King Henry VIII, has been stolen from the 16th-century Withcote Chapel, near Market Harborough in Leicestershire.

Fellows move to larger London offices and expand their team

12 August 2016

Fellows are moving their London office from Queen Street to Hill Street, just off Berkeley Square.

Catalogue auction buyers premium

COMMENT – industry split over Advertising Standards Authority probe into auction pricing

12 August 2016

The art and antiques trade has reacted with mixed views over the launch of an investigation into the way auction houses display their commission rates. A number of dealers have told ATG that an investigation into transparency of buyer’s premium is long overdue, while auctioneers have pointed out that the proposed changes would be unnecessary and impractical.

South African art specialists launch new auction firm in Johannesburg

11 August 2016

A new auction house has been set up in South Africa. Aspire Art Auctions will hold their inaugural sale in Johannesburg on October 31.

Lawrence Gowing view of Hackney

Hackney brings in the money – early Lawrence Gowing view of London takes record £40,000

10 August 2016

A record price for a work by Sir Lawrence Gowing (1918-1991) came at the latest fine art sale held by Brightwells of Leominster.

Pablo Picasso's Femme assise

Sotheby’s make higher profits despite drop in auction market

08 August 2016

Sotheby’s latest results showed the firm has increased profits despite a significant fall in auction sales. Their share price jumped by over 15% after the figures were released earlier today.

ASA to investigate transparency over auction premiums

27 July 2016

The Advertising Standards Authority have launched an investigation into the way auction houses display their commission rates.

Barbara Hepworth at Phillips’ exhibition

Phillips host loan show of Barbara Hepworth’s late works

22 July 2016

Phillips are hosting an exhibition of late works by Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) in collaboration with the Hepworth Wakefield.

Claudia Dwek of Sotheby's

Sotheby's promote Claudia Dwek to European chairman of contemporary art

20 July 2016

Sotheby’s have appointed Claudia Dwek as chairman of contemporary art, Europe. She will remain as co-chairman of Sotheby’s Italy.

Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure Festival

Christie’s sales down 27% – is this an art market slump?

20 July 2016

Christie’s has experienced a sharp fall in overall sales. In figures released earlier today the company reported sales of £2.1bn for the first half of 2016, which compared to £2.9bn for the same period in 2015.

Giovanni Grancino cello

Cash in the attic - Grancino cello and Voirin bow sell for £173,000 at London auction

19 July 2016

A cello by Giovanni Grancino made in Milan in c.1710 was one of a number of ‘attic finds’ that led Brompton’s latest musical instruments auction.

Regime change at Stanley Gibbons as top bosses made redundant

18 July 2016

Major changes have been announced to the management and board of Stanley Gibbons after the chief executive and chief financial officer were made redundant.

 La Revue Blanche by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Toulouse-Lautrec posters sweep into Swann’s auction

15 July 2016

A series of posters by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec headlines the upcoming Vintage Posters sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York.

Epistolae familiares by Cicero on vellum

Forum Auctions first sale tops £1m and is led by rare Cicero on vellum

15 July 2016

The inaugural sale held by new London saleroom Forum Auctions concluded yesterday with £1.1m raised (including premium) from 364 lots.

Baile en Tehuantepec by Diego Rivera

Record for Latin American art as Phillips negotiate private deal for Rivera painting

15 July 2016

Phillips have negotiated the private sale of ‘Baile en Tehuantepec’ by Diego Rivera (1886-1957) for $15.75m (£12m), a price which they claim is a record for any piece of Latin American art.

Charles Ede at London Art Week

London Art Week: a round-up of sales

14 July 2016

The fourth edition of London Art Week which ended last Friday achieved some notable sales, with prices ranging from £1000 to over £1m.

David Bowie art collection Sotheby’s

Starman in the saleroom – David Bowie’s art collection heads to Sotheby’s

14 July 2016

Sotheby’s have announced that they will be selling David Bowie’s art collection in November.

Art dealer faces fresh questions over Picasso theft after images of works found on his laptop

13 July 2016

A Paris art dealer was placed under renewed investigation last week in the latest twist involving the alleged theft of three works from Pablo Picasso’s stepdaughter.