Latest News Articles by Frances Allitt


Original Lalique jewellery designs go on show

11 December 2023

A design for a swan-shaped pendant suspended by a gracefully curved neck and bearing a scene of two more swans is among the highlights at an exhibition on the drawings and sketches of René Lalique (1860-1945).


Pelerin’s source of enlightenment

11 December 2023

Astronomical manuscript for sale includes illustrations by scientist who was in fact an insurance broker

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LAPADA moves flagship fair to later in the autumn season

07 December 2023

LAPADA is moving the dates of its Berkely Square fair.


Newly identified Mary Beale portrait sold to Boston museum

04 December 2023

Dealer Peter Harrison has sold a recently reidentified portrait by 17th century painter Mary Beale (1633-99) to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.


5 Questions with Christina Jansen of The Scottish Gallery

04 December 2023

Christina Jansen is managing director of The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, which was established in 1842. She started in the applied arts department before working her way up to run the gallery in 2016. On show at the gallery now are several Contemporary exhibitions running until December 23 including The Miniaturist Gallery (more below) and a selection of pictures by Victoria Crowe.


The web shop window: A portrait miniature of Emperor Joseph II

04 December 2023

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


Scottish scene stars in selection of Modern British pictures in Petworth

04 December 2023

'Landscape and Figures' by Archibald McGlashan (1888-1980) is among the highlights at Ottocento’s Modern British art exhibition.


Gallery brings out the colourful side of the Middle Ages

04 December 2023

From 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' to 'The Last Duel', films nearly always depict the Middle Ages as dark, dingy and beset by bad weather.


Indulge your wanderlust with two travel poster exhibitions

04 December 2023

London poster specialist stages two shows – one held in an embassy


Specialist promotes folk art of the future

27 November 2023

Antiques-dealer-turned-artist Tom Hickman is the focus of this winter’s exhibition at Robert Young.


Sculpture dealer goes back to Victorian values

27 November 2023

Sculpture dealer Willoughby Gerrish is using London Art Week (LAW) as a chance to launch another branch of his business.


Tan takes deserved break

27 November 2023

Dr Leng Tan is retiring after 22 years working at Simon Ray, a specialist in Indian & Islamic works of art.


The web shop window: Picture of four ‘gossiping’ hats

27 November 2023

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


Olympia: a spirited showing

27 November 2023

Among the highlight sales reported at the Art & Antiques Fair Olympia was a Japanese bronze of a carp.


Book features the best of Barton

27 November 2023

Dealer Miles Barton is looking back over 20 years of selling portraits with a book featuring some of his best discoveries and an exhibition of more examples.


Clocks show in East Sussex: Would you Adam and Eve it…

27 November 2023

An automaton brass dial longcase clock by Richard Comber of Lewes (1742-1824) is one of the highlights at an exhibition in the clockmaker’s hometown devoted to Adam and Eve.


Ancient and modern works united at Forge and Lynch

27 November 2023

Archaic and Contemporary works are often considered suitable bedfellows in the world of modern collecting, and buyers may find both at Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch’s next exhibition.

Charles II stumpwork panel

Dealer says stumpwork panel ‘of outstanding cultural significance’

20 November 2023

A dealer who bought a piece of 17th century stumpwork at the Robert Kime sale believes it may hold more significance for the history of race and gender than initially understood.

Helen Sunderland-Cohen

Collector Interview: Eyes of the world are on this special collection of maps

20 November 2023

For Helen Sunderland-Cohen collecting is a family business. The Sunderland Collection was launched by her father, and several years ago she came on board.


5 Questions with Oliver Brooke-Walder

20 November 2023

Oliver Brooke-Walder deals in art from the 16th century to the present in London.