Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters
Viewers of BBC show Fake or Fortune? wait a year to discover Giacometti sculpture knocked over by a cat is the real thing at £500,00022 August 2019
The verification of a Giacometti sculpture once knocked over by a cat was delayed by months leaving viewers of BBC art show ‘Fake or Fortune?’ waiting a year to find out if it was worth £500,000.
Fresh government warning ahead of Brexit for import and export of CITES-listed natural history specimens22 August 2019
Defra has issued a fresh warning for the antiques trade on the import and export of CITES-listed natural history specimens ahead of Brexit.
The latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques market including a new specialist at Tennants and new owner for Clars Auction Gallery22 August 2019
An update on news from across the auction houses.
New chairman for auction house Woolley & Wallis as Paul Viney steps down after 20 years at the top20 August 2019
Paul Viney, chairman of Woolley & Wallis and a 25-year veteran at the Salisbury saleroom, is handing over the role to colleague John Axford.
De Morgan Foundation goes digital with new initiative to attract a wider audience for artists work20 August 2019
The De Morgan Foundation is launching a series of initiatives to bring the works of Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919) and her husband William (1839-1917) to a wider audience.
Plea to keep £9.5m Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painting in the UK19 August 2019
A Sir John Everett Millais (1829-96) picture valued at £9.5m will be exported overseas unless funding can be raised to keep it in the UK.
Hansons expands to three salerooms after Bishton country house purchase19 August 2019
Hansons plans to hold auctions at all three of its venues after its purchase of the freehold of Bishton Hall in Staffordshire.
Multiple bidders for sleepy Mannerist bronze in Essex19 August 2019
Brought into the Epping saleroom of the Bonington auction house with a collection of Moorcroft, this Florentine Mannerist bronze sold for £150,000.
Hammer to go down on 40 years of collecting hole punches at Lichfield auction19 August 2019
Antique stationery fans have plenty of purchasing choices: from writing slopes and desks, to ink stands and stationery boxes. But for the true connoisseur have they thought of collecting hole punches?
Four lots to watch at auction this week including a single-owner collection from ‘London’s greatest film fan’19 August 2019
With estimates from £120-20,000, here are four previews from upcoming sales this week.
St Agatha returns to Osterley Park after nearly ninety years away17 August 2019
A painting of the early Christian martyr St Agatha by Italian artist Carlo Dolci (1616-87) will return to Osterley Park and House in Middlesex where it once hung.
Heinz fan Ed Sheeran helps auction ketchup bottles at Christie’s16 August 2019
Heinz is celebrating 150 years of the brand with a series of events including a charity auction with singer Ed Sheeran at Christie’s.
Truth behind mystery Venetian view investigated by Fake or Fortune? revealed by art dealer Charles Beddington15 August 2019
A painting thought to be by well-known Venetian painters Francesco Guardi (1712-93) or Michele Marieschi (1710-43) has emerged as an English copy, worth a fraction of its supposed value.
US antiques dealer lawsuit against New York's ivory ban gets green light to proceed15 August 2019
US antiques dealers have been granted permission by a court judge to go forward with a lawsuit challenging New York's complete ban on the trade of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn, regardless of age, within state lines.
Somerset field is first time lucky for metal detectorist after rare Roman gold coin discovery14 August 2019
A metal detectorist searching in a new field for the first time was rewarded with the discovery of a rare Roman solidus coin.
Prince Albert’s royal dressing gown to return to palace after auction13 August 2019
A dressing gown worn by Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert (1819-61) has been bought by the Historic Royal Palaces and will go on display at Kensington Palace.
McTear’s hosts first bagpipe auction to coincide with Scottish festival13 August 2019
August in Scotland is famous for its programme of arts across The Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe events.
The latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques market including new auctions in cars and collectables13 August 2019
An update on recent appointments or launches at auction houses and dealers.
Records tumble in sizzling summer sales12 August 2019
The sale of a £200,000 Chinese vase in Suffolk completed a trio of house records across the regions that belied the usually quiet auction season.
Pick of the week: Sale supplies simple bear accessory of life as Doulton Lambeth discovery found among the weeds12 August 2019
When auctioneer Tony Pratt spotted a mysterious shape in the undergrowth of a back garden in Hythe he wasn’t expecting to uncover a very large pottery bear.