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Early maiolica market tester at Sam Fogg

10 April 2017

A ground-breaking Mayfair exhibition takes a rare focus on first examples of the maiolica technique.


Judge says seized silver and ivory tea set won’t be returned

10 April 2017

A judge has ruled against a London gallery over the seizure by UK Border Force of a Chinese silver tea set containing a tiny quantity of elephant ivory.

ATG Quotes of the Week

They said what?! The week (3-9 April) in quotes from the art and antiques world

09 April 2017

Here it is: your weekly dose of quotes from around the trade brought to you by ATG. Find out how auctioneers, dealers and other market luminaries reacted to CSK closing and a secret militaria collection.

Famous Old Bag

“Old bag” Margaret Thatcher drawing among leading lots at Sotheby’s Gerald Scarfe auction

07 April 2017

A political cartoon showing the face of Margaret Thatcher emerging from the side of her handbag was one of the top lots at the Sotheby’s London auction of Gerald Scarfe’s drawings this week.


5 Questions: Justin Evershed-Martin

05 April 2017

Justin Evershed-Martin is the former director of Mallett who has launched a business specialising in 20th century decorative art and furniture. This week he exhibits at the Decorative Art Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea with a selection of privately sourced pieces all priced under £8000 (see right).


Wide world of the Welsh art market

05 April 2017

Two exhibitions mark the 25th anniversary of Welsh art specialist Martin Tinney Gallery.


BADA fair edges into a new era

05 April 2017

This year’s event was another step on the organisation’s road to modernisation


Shop talk – Manormonkeys Antiques Warehouse

05 April 2017

Blackminster Business Park, near Evesham


Museum purchase

05 April 2017

This William and Mary walnut marquetry cabinet, right, was recently bought by an international museum for a mid six- figure sum.


Trade alert: watch out for cyber crime

05 April 2017

Firms urged to be aware of risk after string of email invoice frauds


Late Turner masterpiece to appear on the market for the first time in 50 years at Sotheby’s London auction

04 April 2017

A large, late masterpiece by JMW Turner (1775-1851), one of few such works still in private hands, appears at Sotheby’s this July with an estimate of £15-25m.

Jon Gilbert

ILAB calls for entries to prestigious bibliography prize

03 April 2017

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) has put out a call for entrants to the 2018 ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography.


Rare “Invisible Man” vintage film poster soars to $274,850 at Heritage Auctions

03 April 2017

A poster for the classic film The Invisible Man soared to four times its low estimate at a recent Heritage Auctions sale in Dallas.


Christopher Lee’s collection of pens to be auctioned at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury

03 April 2017

A consignment of 16 pens from the collection of Christopher Lee, the distinguished British actor who played Dracula in nine films, is to go under the hammer at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury.

japanned bureau cabinet

‘Amazingly positive’ after six-figure sale at BADA fair

01 April 2017

An imposing sight on the stand of London furniture dealer Godson & Coles, this early 18th century japanned bureau cabinet sold for a six-figure sum at the BADA 2017 fair.


Antiques for Everyone – and that includes the interior decorators

01 April 2017

First Birmingham NEC fair of 2017 courts the interior design trade with welcome BIID tie-up


Evolution of the spring Battersea Decorative fair

01 April 2017

The next Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair runs from April 4-9 in London’s Battersea Park. The second of three fairs to take place in the Battersea Evolution Marquee, it follows a successful January edition.


‘The good old days’ at Chelsea

01 April 2017

This unusual Staffordshire figure of Billy Walters, c.1820, by Enoch Wood was among the pieces sold at the recent Chelsea Antiques, Art & Design Fair (March 15-19).


5 Questions

01 April 2017

West Sussex dealer Joe Chaffer started Vagabond Antiques & Décor in October 2015.


A modern look at traditional India

01 April 2017

Crane Kalman’s upcoming exhibition Jethro Buck – Axis Mundi features recent work by a contemporary artist interested in Indian miniature painting.