Latest News Articles by Frances Allitt

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Have your say: London dealership offers two antique ballot boxes

11 December 2019

With the election looming, Armoury of St James’s offers the chance to look back at polling history with two ballot boxes.

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Trio of works sold by West Midlands dealer go to major museums

10 December 2019

This 19th century Jamaican inlaid table by Ralph Turnbull was one of several pieces that Thomas Coulborn & Sons sold to major museums this year.

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Olympia fair to run over two weekends for 2020

09 December 2019

The next staging of the venerable Art & Antiques Fair Olympia will run longer to incorporate two weekends.

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Warm reception for Mengs and Cantagalli on London’s winter stage

09 December 2019

An autograph painting by German artist Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-79) was one of the stand-out sales during London Art Week (LAW).

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5 Questions: Polly Bielecka of Pangolin London

09 December 2019

Polly Bielecka is director at sculpture gallery Pangolin London.

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The web shop window: George III reverse glass painting

09 December 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Galleries get a move on: seven latest dealer developments

09 December 2019

Rumours of the death of shops are wide of the mark judging by the latest news of developments in the sector. Here is a selection of gallery moves and initiatives, starting with a new base for a business founded in 1884.

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Vintage comics that make the cut

09 December 2019

Cutting up examples for new artworks can be controversial – but here is a case for the defence

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‘Less is more’ idea drives new selling and buying website

09 December 2019

A new website founded by two dealers aims to offer a “user-friendly” hub for buying and selling art and antiques.

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British Art Fair returns to its September slot for 2020 edition

02 December 2019

The British Art Fair (BAF) is to return to its previous dates in late September.

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Madeleine's book of board talk

02 December 2019

Madeleine Neave, curator of The Antique Breadboard Museum, has published a book describing her extensive collection of boards, butter knives and butter churners.

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Going pagan for Christmas: Study of pre-Christian relics is among a selection of the latest dealer offerings

02 December 2019

As with so many other businesses, art and antiques dealerships go into overdrive for the intense selling period up to Christmas. Here is a selection of five items from exhibitions and the latest catalogues.

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The web shop window: Gilded 18th century settee

02 December 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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5 Questions: Kelly Ross of The Art Stable

02 December 2019

Kelly Ross runs The Art Stable specialising in Contemporary and 20th century British painting, prints and ceramics.

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Georgian candle stand in the spotlight at Christmas exhibition in Suffolk

02 December 2019

One of the rarest pieces in Suffolk House Antiques’ Christmas selling exhibition is a Georgian candle stand in fruitwood and elm. The back would have protected the flame so that the person using it would have uninterrupted light even in a draughty house. Examples bearing the original backs do not always show up intact.

Collectors under the spotlight at London Art Week

25 November 2019

A focus on collectors and collections is the theme of London Art Week.

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Philip Rundell silver dishes among sales at the west London winter staging of Olympia antiques fair

25 November 2019

A pair of George III covered serving dishes made in London 1819 by Philip Rundell sold from the stand of Mary Cooke Antiques during the latest edition of the Winter Art & Antiques Fair in Olympia.

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Worcester wonders go to new homes after dealer event

25 November 2019

A small Worcester mug painted with a rare blue and white pattern, c.1752-53, was among the stand-out sales during Jupiter Antiques’ latest exhibition, where it was offered for a price in the region of £4000.

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Iznik does it during London Art Week – collectors in focus at latest London gallery event

25 November 2019

Tile formerly in the huge Baudry collection is one of the London gallery show highlights

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The web shop window: Italian trompe l’oeil altar board panels

25 November 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.