Latest News Articles by Frances Allitt


Christie’s appointments of co-chairmen in Asian art department are the latest in a strategic series

28 July 2017

Christie’s has appointed Jonathan Stone and Tina Zonars to the positions of co-chairmen in the Asian art department.

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Dealers’ move to permanent space could help preserve business for their children

28 July 2017

A family-run dealership has opened a new premises in Lincolnshire.

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First space self-portrait goes under the hammer at Bloomsbury Auctions

27 July 2017

Among the lots at Bloomsbury Auctions’ upcoming sale, The Glory of Science, is ‘the first space selfie’.


Biannual London Art Week breaks the art week mould

24 July 2017

London Art Week (June 30-July 7) had its first run as a biannual event organised by a limited company.


Painting of the doomed ship Lancastria offered by London dealer

24 July 2017

Among the visitors coming to Bury Street gallery Rountree Tryon during London Art Week to view a painting of the doomed Lancastria was the youngest female survivor of that wartime tragedy.


Masterpiece London fair reaches beyond ‘luxury lifestyle’

24 July 2017

Fine art was a leading field at Masterpiece London (June 28-July 4) which, despite some challenges, retained and even reinforced its position as a top international fair during its most recent run.


The more affordable end of Masterpiece fair

24 July 2017

In the lead-up to Masterpiece, the organisers suggested that, despite the high-quality offered, the fair offers more than just the astronomically expensive.


Two shows of Welsh art

24 July 2017

The two galleries in Wales that fall under the umbrella of Martin Tinney celebrate local art in their summer shows.


Second slice of Cotswolds Decorative Fairs

24 July 2017

Coming up next for Cooper Events is the second of three annual Cotswolds Decorative Fairs, which take place in the grand hall of Westonbirt School in Burnham-on-Sea.


5 Questions: Claire Schonhut of Beya Fontenay

24 July 2017

Claire Schonhut launched Beya Fontenay with her husband Jack two years ago. The company saves relics from the past which would otherwise be scrapped. They “aren’t on the lookout for anything specific, but are attracted to anything which inspires”.

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Two appointed to co-chairman position in Christie's impressionist and modern art department

18 July 2017

Giovanna Bertazzoni and Adrien Meyer have been appointed co-chairmen of the auctioneer’s impressionist and modern art departments.


Watercolour portrait of ‘the three Brontë sisters’ takes top estimate at JP Humbert Auctioneers

18 July 2017

Northamptonshire auctioneers JP Humbert has sold a painting that it says could be a portrait of the Brontë sisters by Edwin Landseer.

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Maggs Bros exhibition of Waugh’s illustrations includes plague-inspired Christmas card

17 July 2017

Evelyn Waugh (1903-66) came back into the spotlight earlier this year with the release of a new BBC adaptation of his 1928 book Decline and Fall, the satirical story of a young man’s expulsion from Oxford and subsequent adventures.


Catching the goose at London Art Week

17 July 2017

Among the eye-catching pieces sold during London Art Week (June 30-July 7) was this reversible games board made in the late 16th or early 17th century in the northern province of Portuguese India, probably Bombay.


Penman goes back to school

17 July 2017

Penman Fairs holds its second annual fair at Burford School in Oxfordshire from July 29-30.


Olympia fair review – A stalwart in uncertain times

17 July 2017

The 'Art & Antiques Fair Olympia', the 45-year-old staple of the London summer calendar, finished its most recent run (June 25-July 1) to subdued reports.


Dealers show college class in Edinburgh

17 July 2017

The July 28-30 antiques and fine art fair at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh brings 35 dealers from across the UK to stand in the foyer and assembly hall of this 18th century building.


Shop talk – Gutlin Clocks

17 July 2017

In our continuing series looking through the keyhole of ‘bricks and mortar’ shops, ATG talks to Mark Coxhead. He works at Gutlin Clocks, a 22-year-old father and son family business specialising in buying, selling and repairing antique clocks.


5 Questions: Charlotte Roper of Plaza Jewellery

17 July 2017

Charlotte Roper – “strictly a champagne girl” – started Plaza Jewellery in the mid 1980s. She specialises in French and European jewellery with a particular focus on pieces from the 1940s-‘60s. Her upcoming fairs include the Cotswolds Decorative Fair.


Mayfair galleries team up with Royal Academy

17 July 2017

Mayfair Art Weekend (which was held from June 30-July 2) may not be the time to make major sales but remains an opportunity to raise the profile of commercial galleries in the area.