Latest News Articles by Frances Allitt

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Welsh antiques dealer enhances contemporary art show with loan of traditional furniture

20 February 2019

A 19th century Welsh oak bureau is among the furniture that Carmarthenshire dealer Tim Bowen has lent to enhance a local exhibition on creativity.

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A Victorian who’s who: Dealer offers 'last of Frith's panoramas in private hands'

18 February 2019

A 19th century masterpiece by William Powell Frith (1819- 1909) that serves as a who’s who of influential Victorians is on offer from a new St James’s gallery for £10m.

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Pick of the week: Maker’s great-grandson buys back model steam engine for family from UK dealer

18 February 2019

An exceptional Victorian scratch-built model steam engine has returned home after the maker’s great-grandson bought it from UK dealer Vavasseur Antiques.

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Former Wace director Brown to go it alone

18 February 2019

Claire Brown, formerly director of Rupert Wace Ancient Art, has launched a new independent venture after 30 years in the art and antiques trade.

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Captain Scarlet doll, Napoleon’s signature, and other art and antiques to buy in the East of England next week

18 February 2019

A 1967 doll from the classic show 'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions' is among the art and antiques going under the hammer in the East of England next week.

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Chessboard checks into Bath fair in a selection of toys and games

18 February 2019

A selection of toys and games at the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair proves that antique playthings have their place as both decorative items and collectors’ pieces.

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Cold War propaganda is collector's hot topic

18 February 2019

In the latest of our occasional series of collector interviews, we talk to Musa Igrek, who won the ABA Book Collecting Prize 2018 for his assemblage of secretly funded government-sponsored works during the Cold War.

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5 Questions: Mark Murray

18 February 2019

Mark Murray of Mark Murray Fine Paintings is currently holding his Winter Exhibition at his East 63rd Street gallery, New York.

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Scottish Colourist with a world view

18 February 2019

'Portrait of a Woman in a Hat' by the Scottish Colourist John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961) is among the 71 drawings and watercolours currently on show at Mayfair art gallery Browse & Darby.

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They said what!? The week in quotes from the art and antiques market including a dissatisfied buyer and a dealer with flair

17 February 2019

From dissatisfied clients, to Valentine’s Day purchases and new logos, read what members of the art and antiques trade had to say this week.

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New York gallery offers wide selection of Japanese prints in moving out sale

15 February 2019

A wide selection of Japanese prints from the 17th-21st centuries are on offer in New York next month as a leading Japanese art gallery prepares to enter its new premises.

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Furniture takes centre stage at annual Cotswolds event

14 February 2019

A William and Mary period oyster veneered laburnum and chest of drawers is among the huge selection of furniture on offer in the Cotswolds next week.

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TEFAF Maastricht hosts virtual reality tour of 470-year-old Amsterdam map and four other fair highlights

14 February 2019

TEFAF Maastricht returns this year with a virtual reality exhibition set to transform the way a 16th century map of Amsterdam is experienced.

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Olympia London to be transformed in £1bn project as planning permission is granted

13 February 2019

A £1bn plan to revamp Olympia London, including the home of the venerable Art & Antiques Fair Olympia, has been approved by planners.

'The Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881'

William Powell Frith’s painting of Oscar Wilde at the Royal Academy goes on offer for the first time in over a century at St James’s gallery

12 February 2019

'The Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881', a scene of influential Victorians at an exhibition painted by William Powell Frith (1819-1909), is on offer from St James’s dealer Martin Beisly for a price in the region of £10m.

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Shakespeare’s Globe and ABA partner for June fair

11 February 2019

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) has joined forces with Shakespeare’s Globe as its charity partner for the next edition of its June flagship fair.

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Seven fabulous fans going under the hammer this month

11 February 2019

With many fans going under the hammer in the coming weeks it is an ideal time to get more familiar with this market where examples can range in price from a few pounds to the high five figures.

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5 Questions: Jim Dickinson

11 February 2019

Map dealer Jim Dickinson next stands at Art Antiques Cheshire (February 22-24)

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Cheshire fair smooths the way to romantic buys

11 February 2019

An ancient Greek lekythos, which would have been used to smear perfumed oil on a woman’s skin before marriage, is one of the highlights at Art Antiques Cheshire.

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US buyers fly into Battersea fair

11 February 2019

A 1976 secretaire by Bernt Rosen was one of the highlight sales at last month’s Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea where US buyers jostled with locals to bag the best objects.