Latest News Articles by Frances Allitt


LAPADA Fair shifts dates of 2017 event

05 December 2016

New dates for the LAPADA Fair this year mean that the event opens on a Thursday, rather than a Monday, for the first time.

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They said what?! The week (28 Nov - 4 Dec) in quotes from the art and antiques world

04 December 2016

In our weekend series, Antiques Trade Gazette brings you a selection of recent quotes from dealers, auctioneers, collectors and others – on toy triumphs to attribution rows to royal revelations.

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Paintings at Old Master exhibition reflect Caravaggio’s influence for a wider audience

02 December 2016

Theodore Johns aims to introduce younger collectors and Caravaggio enthusiasts to a group of more affordable works with an exhibition of paintings inspired by the Old Master.


Antiques centre entrepreneur takes skills online as number of dealer portals grows

02 December 2016

James Podger, founder of Great Grooms Antiques Centre, has taken the ethos of his bricks-and-mortar dealer hubs online with the launch of a new dealer portal.

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Queen Victoria’s silk jacket comes close to double estimate at Ewbank’s textile auction

01 December 2016

A pink silk jacket once worn by Queen Victoria was among the lots that led Ewbank’s recent textile auction to almost double its pre-sale expectations.


TEFAF Maastricht exhibitor list reveals 18 new exhibitors and some notable departures

30 November 2016

TEFAF have revealed the list of 270 exhibitors standing at the next Maastricht fair in March.

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Wartski director Geoffrey Munn appointed chairman of BADA Trust

30 November 2016

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) has appointed Geoffrey Munn of Wartski as Chairman of Friends of the BADA Trust.

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Marc Chagall still life helps Dorotheum to their highest Modern art sale total

28 November 2016

A still life by Marc Chagall led Dorotheum in a record-breaking auction last week when the painting achieved a premium inclusive €1.02m (£872,269).

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Six Old Masters to watch at Sotheby's auction

28 November 2016

Works from the Italian Renaissance and the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age feature in Sotheby’s Old Masters Evening Sale on December 7. Among the works are those that have remained in the same collection for centuries.

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Christopher Wood painting takes £220,000 at Chorley’s

23 November 2016

A painting by Christopher Wood made more than seven times its lower estimate when it was knocked down for £220,000 at Chorley’s yesterday.

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Equality button included at Heritage Auctions' sale of Americana from Forbes collection

22 November 2016

A button reading ‘Equality’ and commemorating Booker T Washington’s dinner with President Theodore Roosevelt in the White House is included in Heritage Auction’s upcoming Americana sale.

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Transparent 19th century ‘mystery clock’ comes up for sale at Chiswick Auctions

21 November 2016

A rare early model of the ‘mystery clock’ invented by magician and horologist Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (1805-1871) is up for sale at Chiswick Auctions next month.

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They said what?! The week (14-20 Nov) in quotes from the art and antiques world

20 November 2016

In our weekend series, Antiques Trade Gazette brings you a selection of quotes from dealers, auctioneers, collectors and others. This week, sacrifice is urged in the name of progress and a fair organiser hints at her formula for success.

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Old Master painting from Brian Sewell collection donated to The National Gallery

19 November 2016

The National Gallery has received one of the paintings from the collection of the late art critic Brian Sewell.

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Monarch of the Glen withdrawn from Christie’s auction as museum and owner make deal

17 November 2016

Edwin Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen has been withdrawn from auction at Christie’s following an agreement between the consignor and the National Galleries of Scotland to help the museum retain the iconic painting.

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Galloway Antiques Fairs find two new venues for 2017

17 November 2016

Galloway Antiques Fairs have announced plans to hold fairs in two new locations in 2017.


Constable sketch rediscovered after more than 70 years offered at Bonhams auction

17 November 2016

A sketch for one of John Constable celebrated paintings has been rediscovered after more than 70 years and is estimated to take £200,000-300,000 in Bonhams Old Master auction next month.

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Phillips Auction House sets £7.7m auction record for wristwatch with rare Patek Philippe

14 November 2016

Phillips set a record price for a wristwatch sold at auction over the weekend when a Patek Philippe Reference 1518 was knocked down for SFr9.6m (£7.7m).

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Collecting on trend: Sotheby’s capitalises on youth market with second dedicated design auction

14 November 2016

Sotheby’s second dedicated design sale in London is set to appeal to the base of younger buyers whom specialists say have taken an interest in this market.

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Dealers at Asian Art in London make sales despite apparent decrease in international visitors

14 November 2016

The 19th edition of Asian Art in London closed on Saturday at the end of a nine-day run which featured crowds that were reportedly subdued but still ready to buy.