Latest News Articles by Frances Allitt

Exhibitors call for change at TEFAF flagship

01 April 2017

Established dealers are calling for a “shake up” at the venerable TEFAF Maastricht in the wake of its 30th showing last month. Proposals include moving the fair to Amsterdam, making it shorter and including fewer exhibitors.


New and familiar faces for Masterpiece

01 April 2017

Masterpiece London has revealed the list of 149 dealers to stand at its eighth annual fair taking place this summer, a similar number to 2016.


Victorian printmakers Charles and George Hunt celebrated with the launch of first full-length book on the artists

31 March 2017

A new book on two prolific Victorian printmakers launched last night.


Massive Duke of York centrepiece leads Christie’s Robert de Balkany auction with sale to Koopman

28 March 2017

A large, striking George IV silver-gilt centrepiece led Christie’s sale of the Robert de Balkany collection after it was hammered down to London silver dealer Koopman Rare Art.


Furniture dealer Rolleston sells William and Mary marquetry cabinet to international museum

27 March 2017

Kensington Church Street dealer Rolleston recently sold a William and Mary cabinet to an international museum for a mid-six-figure sum.

TEFAF Maastricht fair entrance

Should TEFAF move from Maastricht?

27 March 2017

While dealers are always discussing ways a fair can be improved, one issue raised at this year’s TEFAF Maastricht by a number of exhibitors was whether the fair should move to Amsterdam.


They said what?! The week (20 - 26 March) in quotes from the art and antiques world

26 March 2017

It's another edition of ATG's weekly quotes round up. Take a look at what dealers, auctioneers and other members of the trade had to say about the art and antiques world last week.


London gallery stages theatre design showcase

25 March 2017

Caspar Neher, the focus of Abbott and Holder’s upcoming exhibition, was a long-time collaborator with the German playwright Bertolt Brecht. Neher designed the stage sets for a number of his theatre productions in the 1920s and ‘30s.


Piper plays an East Anglian tune

25 March 2017

Mod Brit artist who produced many local scenes is subject of Suffolk gallery show


Why the best things in life are three

25 March 2017

The Cotswolds Antiques, Decorative & Art Fair takes place from March 31-April 2, the first of three editions to run in 2017. Organiser Cooper Events added the third last year, and it was greeted with enough enthusiasm to keep the model going this year.


Shop talk – Focus on the Past

25 March 2017

In the continuing series looking through the keyhole of ‘bricks and mortar’ shops in 2017, ATG talks to Alison Roylance, owner of Focus on the Past antiques centre, Clifton Village, Bristol.


Bath tipped as a smart selection

25 March 2017

The 28th annual Bath Decorative Antiques Fair closed on March 5 after a four-day run which included its busiest opening trade day on record.

Robert Eagle

5 Questions - Robert Eagle

25 March 2017

Robert Eagle started his business specialising in less well-known Modern British artists over three years ago. He will appear at his first fair, the Cotswolds Antiques, Decorative & Art Fair, at the end of March. He started dealing when he bought a David Rolt landscape for £250 and then acquired the whole estate of the artist.

Alejandro Guijarro photo

X-rays lead to ‘new’ Old Masters

25 March 2017

This image is one of the pieces featured in LEAD, an ongoing exhibition of the photographs of Alejandro Guijarro at the London gallery Tristan Hoare.

verge pocket watch

British pocket watches to feature in sale of local man’s collection at The Canterbury Auction Galleries

24 March 2017

An 18th century gold-coloured pocket watch is among the lots expected to lead one collection in The Canterbury Auction Galleries’ upcoming auction.

bronze of amateur champion John Laidlay

Statue of modern golf grip inventor comes up for auction at Bonhams in Los Angeles

23 March 2017

A cold-painted bronze of amateur golfing champion John Laidlay is among the pieces appearing at Bonhams' upcoming auction in Los Angeles next week.

Masterpiece Fair in London

Masterpiece exhibitor list reflects high turnover as 28 depart and 26 join

23 March 2017

The list of dealers exhibiting at Masterpiece London this year shows a comparatively high turnover with 28 dealers who exhibited last year not appearing in this week’s announcement.


Rolls-Royce owned by The Who musician and Chariots of Fire composer comes up for auction

22 March 2017

A 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III DHC ‘Chinese Eye’ with a musical pedigree comes under the hammer at H&H Classics next week.

Harold C. Harvey portrait

Charity shop find bought for 50p gets £8000 estimate for Christie’s South Kensington auction

21 March 2017

A 50p charity shop find has been identified a Harold C. Harvey (1874-1941) portrait and given a £8000 high estimate at Christie’s South Kensington sale tomorrow.

The Wind in the Willows limited edition copy

Limited edition signed copy of ‘The Wind in the Willows’ among treasures on offer at The Edinburgh Book Fair

18 March 2017

A signed limited edition copy of ‘The Wind in the Willows’ is among the books on offer at the upcoming Edinburgh Book Fair.