Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters
New York Old Master dealer helps UK museums buy Zucchi portrait of Scottish architect and designer James Adam22 April 2019
The National Galleries of Scotland and the Victoria and Albert Museum have bought Italian artist Antonio Zucchi’s (1726-95) portrait of architect James Adam (1732-94).
Hand of Raphael suspected in Italian Renaissance work19 April 2019
A drawing offered at a Paris auction with an attribution to Italian Renaissance painter Giovanni Francesco Penni (1488-1528) was hammered down at €1.13m (£980,000).
Pick of the week: Gill puts WH Smith on the map19 April 2019
A large oil on panel map by MacDonald Gill celebrating the presence of stationer WH Smith on the British high street in the 1920s was hammered down at £50,000 in Gloucestershire.
Search for UK buyer to pay £11.5m for Old Master drawing blocked from export19 April 2019
A sketch by Dutch artist Lucas van Leyden (1494-1533) has been temporarily blocked from export in the hope of finding a UK buyer.
Liotard portrait of British ambassador offered by Derek Johns19 April 2019
St James’s art dealer Derek Johns is offering a portrait of Sir Everard Fawkener, a former British ambassador to Constantinople, by Swiss artist Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702-89).
Rare Middle Eastern dagger points to a debut auction19 April 2019
A late 19th century gold bone-handled Arab dagger was hammered down at £4100 at the inaugural sale of Knightsbridge auction house Kings Russell (22% buyer’s premium).
Notebooks of Charles Darwin’s mentor blocked from export by government in hope of finding UK buyer18 April 2019
The notebooks of Charles Darwin’s mentor, the Scottish geologist Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1875), have been temporarily blocked from export in the hope of finding a UK buyer.
Auction house Christie’s launches tie-up with online art and antiques marketplace 1stdibs17 April 2019
Christie’s will sell a collection of art and design objects through marketplace 1stdibs.
New faces at Bonhams, Phillips and Aguttes among the latest 'Movers and Shakers' across the art and antiques market16 April 2019
An update on recent appointments at auction houses across the world.
Summer of Moore: exhibitions and events celebrating sculptor Henry Moore16 April 2019
Henry Moore (1898-1986) fans are spoilt for choice this summer with exhibitions and events across the UK.
Police appeal for help to trace Frank Auerbach paintings in fraud case15 April 2019
A police appeal has been launched for the recovery of two Frank Auerbach (b.1931) paintings as part of a fraud investigation.
Five lots to watch at auction this week including Mod Brit art, a ‘bone shaker’ bicycle and a rare map15 April 2019
With estimates from £80-30,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.
WH Smith archive of rare maps and signs heads to auction in Gloucestershire12 April 2019
A rare map of Britain and lettering for signage painted by artist Eric Gill (1882-1940) are among the lots coming up at auction from a WH Smith archive.
Collection from the “extraordinary life” of Harold Wilson and his wife Mary comes to auction in Staffordshire12 April 2019
Harold Wilson (1916-95) was Britain’s prime minister not once, but twice and was the man who offered Britain its first referendum on membership of the then European Community and the Common Market.
Delacroix’s London sketchbooks to go on display at the Louvre after auction11 April 2019
Sketchbooks owned by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) featuring views of London have been bought by the Louvre Museum for €314,000 (£268,375).
Export bar issued for 350-year-old £3m Baroque cabinet made by Papal craftsman09 April 2019
A rare 350-year-old cabinet made by Baroque craftsman Giacomo Herman (1615-85) has been temporarily barred from export by the UK government in the hope it will be bought by a buyer in the UK.
Japanese collection from the Axminster carpets family comes to auction in Cheltenham09 April 2019
A collection of 29 Japanese objects including boxes – known as inrō – will be offered at auction at Mallams in Cheltenham next month.
New president of ABA the ‘first from north of Watford Gap’08 April 2019
Book dealer Roger Treglown is the new president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association.
New faces at Bonhams, Potter & Potter and Webb’s are among the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques trade05 April 2019
An update on recent appointments in the world of art and antiques.
Appeal to help find missing painting after prolific pensioner art thief jailed04 April 2019
A prolific pensioner art thief has been sentenced to two years in jail. Police are now calling for help to locate a painting that he stole from a private members’ club in London.