Latest News Articles by Frances Allitt

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The web shop window: Chippendale-period partner’s desk

05 August 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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5 Questions: Martyn Fowler of Puckhaber Decorative Antiques

05 August 2019

Martyn Fowler (answering 5Qs below) and his mother Jackie Harris run Puckhaber Decorative Antiques in Lillie Road, London. The firm has been showing at the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea for more than 10 years and launched a second shop on the High Street in Rye, East Sussex, in May.

Antiques helped boost UK retail sales in June says ONS

05 August 2019

Second-hand goods including antiques have helped boost retail sales in June according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.

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James Bond’s 1965 Aston Martin DB5 comes to auction complete with ejector seat

03 August 2019

It has built-in machine guns, grenade storage, an ejector seat and it’s up for grabs. James Bond’s 1965 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger and Thunderball is going under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s this month.

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Three exhibitions about women and photography in London this weekend plus other places to see and buy art

02 August 2019

Women get behind and in front of the lens (and sometimes both at once) at three exhibitions on show in London this weekend.

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Symposium launched at London Art Week winter edition

30 July 2019

Dates and preliminary details for the second London Art Week winter edition have been announced.

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They said what!? ‘Fake or Fortune’ returns to TV and other quotes from the art and antiques market

28 July 2019

Adult telly and banned substances. It’s all go in this edition of our weekly quotes roundup from the art and antiques trade, including the retail power of antiques and a surprising dollhouse.

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Lost to the nation: Newbattle Abbey casket and John Singer Sargent painting are among latest treasures cleared for export

26 July 2019

The Newbattle Abbey Kunstkammer is the latest work of art to be granted an export licence this year, despite the arts minister’s attempts to retain them for the nation.

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Where to see and buy art in London this summer weekend including animal paintings at Omer Tiroche

26 July 2019

The sun is out and so is school. It’s an ideal time to check out some of the capital’s diverse art offerings.

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Antiques-driven rise in retail hailed by trade association chiefs

25 July 2019

Leaders of trade associations BADA and LAPADA have welcomed an announcement that antiques contributed to a recent rise in UK retail.

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Colour photos of 'lost' Dr Who 'Power of the Daleks' episode soar at auction

24 July 2019

A collection of rare colour photographs from a ‘lost’ Dr Who episode proved the enduring appeal of the TV show’s memorabilia last week as it was bid to more than four times its high estimate.

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Apollo 11 footage tops Sotheby’s space auction on 50th anniversary of moon landing

24 July 2019

NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 mission topped Sotheby’s Space Exploration Sale held on the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.

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LAPADA launches apprentice scheme for “a new generation of dealers”

22 July 2019

LAPADA, The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, has launched a new ‘Apprentice’ membership category for dealers in early years of independent trading.

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‘Spanish Phillip’ comes home to Scotland with pooch picture

22 July 2019

Edinburgh gallery Fettes Fine Art offers a painting by Scottish artist John Phillip at its local Galloway Fair this week.

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The web shop window: Ornate ash armoire with a mysterious past

22 July 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Scandi style sweeps in to the third Cooper Cotswolds fair

22 July 2019

A prime example of mid-century Scandinavian furniture is offered at the Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair next month by dealer Roger Burgett of Scandinavian by Design.

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Cross references at Masterpiece

22 July 2019

Items on offer reflect collecting ethos of the annual London fair now in its 10th year.

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Carpet flies at first rug and textile event

22 July 2019

A north-west Persian carpet in the Esfahan style c.1700, offered for a price in excess of €30,000 by Massoud Milani from Paris, was one of the leading sales at the first HALI Fair in London’s Mall Galleries.

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Swiss river view sets the scene for London dealer showcase

22 July 2019

Alexandre Calame’s oil on canvas The River Lutschine near Lauterbrunnen was one of the highlight sales during this summer’s London Art Week (LAW).

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5 Questions: Alexis Pentcheff

22 July 2019

Alexis Pentcheff's gallery in Marseille offers 19th and 20th century paintings.