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Avington Park mirror re-acquired after 65 years in the US

27 April 2017

A George I giltwood mirror bearing the coat of arms of Sir Bysshe Shelley has returned to a Hampshire stately home after 65 years.

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Eight to join TEFAF board of trustees

27 April 2017

TEFAF has appointed eight new art world professionals to its board of trustees, increasing its membership from 12 to 14.

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The shifting focus of London Original Print Fair

24 April 2017

The London Original Print Fair, now in its 32nd year, takes place at the Royal Academy from May 4-7 and features 51 international dealers and print publishers.

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5 Questions: Gary Wallis

24 April 2017

Gary Wallis is based in Henley-on-Thames, trades in anything from childhood collectables to potential heirlooms and is a regular at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea.

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Shop talk – Origin Antiques of Colchester, Essex

24 April 2017

Ken Garrard runs Origin Antiques with his father Steve. Their business is based in The Barn on Turkey Cock Lane near Colchester and sells antique, vintage and contemporary furniture.

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Chelsea Art Fair keeps its standards high on King’s Road

24 April 2017

The next Chelsea Art Fair takes place from April 27-30 and, as fair director Ben Cooper sees it, the attraction of the event comes down to two key elements: quality and breadth of selection.

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Fine Art Society’s Edinburgh exhibition features old view of an evolving city

24 April 2017

James Howe’s (1780-1836) c.1817 All Hallow’s Fair on Calton Hill shows an event that was already a thing of the past when the picture was completed.

ATG quotes of the week

They said what?! The week (16-22 March) in quotes from the art and antiques world

23 April 2017

Members of the trade had plenty to say this week - only some of it serious - in response to the government’s announcement of a general election. Others reacted to revolving doors at the major auction houses and the presence of top-quality pieces at provincial auction houses.

Olympia

Interior design programme to guide buyers at Art & Antiques Fair Olympia

21 April 2017

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia has this year launched a programme of interior design talks to run during its 45th annual summer edition.

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Brancusi sculpture makes first appearance at auction with $30m estimate at Christie’s New York

20 April 2017

Constantin Brancusi’s (1867-1957) sculpture of a sleeping muse, widely acknowledged as a modern masterpiece, is to appear at auction for the first time at the Christie’s New York sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in May.

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Heritage Auctions’ Texana sale led by Battle of the Alamo document

20 April 2017

“Remember the Alamo!” It was the battle cry that spurred the Texans on to victory during their 1836 revolution, recalling the sacrificial last stand of a few heroic men during a brutal siege by the Mexican Army.

Parliament

Snap election leads to snap shot of opinion from art and antiques trade on social media

19 April 2017

The art and antiques industry took to social media to vent their frustrations and concerns after a snap general election was called by Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday.

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Why the Guus house is a jolly feast for the senses

18 April 2017

Maastricht in March. It’s difficult to think of anything other than TEFAF within this setting, but one local dealer has established his own tradition, coinciding with but apart from the fair.

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Shop talk – St Martin’s Antiques Centre

18 April 2017

In the continuing series looking through the keyhole of ‘bricks and mortar’ shops in 2017, ATG talks to Lucinda Silcock who runs St Martin’s Antiques Centre in Stamford.

5 Questions: Nick Arkell of Walton House Antiques

18 April 2017

Nick Arkell is one of the owners of Walton House Antiques, a shop in Mere, Wiltshire, which specialises in furniture, fine art and antiques. He is exhibiting at the ADFL Petworth fair.

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Antiques fair helps Petworth thrive

18 April 2017

Petworth has faced some speculation about its future as a hub from members of the trade during the past few years. Once a celebrated spot for art and antiques, the closure of several local shops led to fears that it was losing its footing as a destination for collectors.

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A challenge right on cue as Brentford dealer offers special 'snooker' event

18 April 2017

The apparent decline in passing trade is a subject occupying the minds of many shop-owning dealers. But some, such as Brentford’s Hill House, have taken matters into their own hands by staging promotional events to encourage attendance.

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All the fun of a big sale at the NEC fair

18 April 2017

Charles Hunt’s evocative painting All the Fun of the Fair was among the major sales at the recent Antiques for Everyone fair in Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

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London gallery highlights the influential modern painter David Bomberg and the wider circle he inspired

18 April 2017

Waterhouse & Dodd’s upcoming exhibition focuses on the influence of David Bomberg’s (1890-1957) paintings on a wide circle of artists.

ATG Quotes of the Week

They said what?! The week (10-16 April) in quotes from the art and antiques world

16 April 2017

It may be Easter Sunday, but there is no rest for ATG's weekly quote roundup bringing you the views of the trade on the Holy Grail of Fabergé eggs and the greatest love of an auctioneer.