Latest News Articles by Frances Allitt

Cahn International

Fifth Frieze Masters starts off with salvo of sales to private buyers

06 October 2016

The opening of this year’s Frieze Masters was marked by a number of sales. Among the fashionable crowd who queued at Regents Park into the early evening yesterday for the opening of the fifth edition of the event, were many who came prepared to buy.

20th century design

Make way for Mayfair: local galleries winners at PAD London's 10th anniversary

04 October 2016

The Moët Hennessy-PAD London prize for best stand 2016 was split between two Mayfair galleries.

St Peter

Former Frick director's personal collection to appear at Old Master auction

30 September 2016

The personal collection of the Frick Collection’s former director has been consigned to Christie’s New York where it is set to lead their Old Masters sale next month.

First edition infographic

Ditch the FTSE for first editions: financial comparison site finds prize-winning books are better investments than tech companies

30 September 2016

A new study suggests that buying a first edition book, such as Hilary Matel’s Wolf Hall, is a better investment than buying stocks in tech companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo and eBay.

Astra Antiques

Vaulting ambition: bomb shelter provides Lincoln antiques centre with new possibilities

29 September 2016

A Lincoln antiques centre plans to boost its high-end sales with the opening of a new section of the shop – in a bomb shelter.

Daniel Crouch

New gallery for Daniel Crouch Rare Books opens in New York

29 September 2016

Daniel Crouch Rare Books have confirmed plans to open a branch of their London-based dealership in January 2017.

New BADA council: Anthony Outred joins with Michael Cohen back as chair

28 September 2016

Members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) have voted in a slimmed down council, a move that is hoped will streamline decision-making and usher in an age of wider regional engagement.

New partnership for LAPADA as two London-based trade associations join forces

27 September 2016

LAPADA, the Art and Antique Dealers Association, have joined forces with the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) forming a partnership to waive joining fees for any applicant to one association who is already a member of the other.


LAPADA weathers challenges to deliver a series of strong sales results

23 September 2016

The eighth LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, which ran from 13-18 September, rounded off with a series of strong results across dealer disciplines despite some struggles against the weather.

Alfies 40th

Alfies Antiques Market celebrate 40 years of open doors

23 September 2016

Alfies Antiques Market celebrated 40 years open for business last night with a soiree on the roof of their multi-storey antiques centre.

Welcome Arts

A new art auction hub seeks to rival eBay and similar platforms with low rates

22 September 2016

A new online auction platform featuring free listings and eight percent commission launched yesterday.

Cotswold Showroom

Cotswold auction house acquire new permanent home

21 September 2016

The Cotswold Auction Company have moved into a new permanent saleroom in Cirencester.

Pre-Columbian figure

Lost Pre-Columbian artefact returned to Colombia ahead of London auction

20 September 2016

An ancient ceramic sculpture has been returned to Colombia thanks to action taken by the Art Recovery Group and Hampstead Auctions.

Carleton Varney

Interior decorator “Mr Colour” to open Irish Antique Dealers Fair

19 September 2016

Carlton Varney, president of Dorothy Draper & Co and well-known US interior decorator, is set to open this year’s Irish Antique Dealers’ Fair.

Kandinsky at Christies

Christie's look for repeat performance from Wassily Kandinsky this November

19 September 2016

Chrisite’s New York hope match the record they set for Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) four years ago with a painting that comes to the market for the first time in 50 years.

Shapero Rare Books and INK LDN

New antiquarian book fair brings top of the trade to London

16 September 2016

A new London book fair organised by a pair of dealers debuts this autumn and features some of the trade’s most familiar names in a three-day luxury event.

Cunningham Skull

Exhibition of long-hidden paintings goes on show in Hoxton

16 September 2016

Paintings by the intensely private artist Keith Cunningham are to be reintroduced to the public during an upcoming exhibition in Hoxton.

singing bird box

Bird box to soar at County Durham autumn auction

15 September 2016

A 19th century singing bird box is a starring lot at an upcoming County Durham auction that features several animal-themed lots.

Bird exterior

John Bird's new nest: West Sussex dealer takes boutique warehouse

14 September 2016

Dealer John Bird was long established in Petworth when the tenure of his old shop came to an end, but this did not spell and end for the West Sussex furniture specialist.

Brigitte Bardot

Fine Art Society showcases 1960s British Pop art in new exhibition

14 September 2016

A forthcoming Fine Art Society exhibition will feature over 70 works by leading British Pop artist Gerald Laing