Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

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Virtual fairs and digital listings help Portobello Road traders attract shoppers

28 November 2020

During lockdown traders of art and antiques around Portobello Road had been forced to close alongside all non-essential retail in England.

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New faces and new offices at auction houses across the UK – the latest hires in the art and antiques world

26 November 2020

The latest Movers & Shakers news including at Phillips, Rogers Jones and for a furniture dealer.

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Plea to help find missing Darwin notebooks

24 November 2020

Cambridge University Library has launched a public appeal for help to locate two missing notebooks from its archive – including one with Charles Darwin’s famous 1837 ‘Tree of Life’ sketch.

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Martinware theft: Ealing bird found

23 November 2020

A missing Martinware bird has been recovered more than 15 years after it was stolen from Southall Library in Ealing, west London.

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5 Questions: Art Deco dealer Matthew Foster

23 November 2020

Matthew Foster’s Art Deco Gallery has traded from Grays Antique Centre for the past four years. Having worked with his parents, Portobello Road market traders in the 1980s, Foster launched his business in 1987 and trades in Art Deco period objets d’art and jewellery. Next month he opens a shop at 11 Cecil Court in central London.

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Special sale promotion launched at Kensington Church Street antiques dealership

23 November 2020

Furniture specialist puts on selected sale to drive interest during lockdown.

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Website portals welcome lockdown growth

23 November 2020

Online art and antiques portals for dealers have been growing this year – largely due to these websites being one of the few options when shops, centres, fairs and markets have been forced to close through the various lockdowns.

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New hires and an expanded saleroom – the latest news around the auction houses

19 November 2020

A Hampshire saleroom has expanded and there are new faces at a host of auction houses – read our latest Movers and Shakers.

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Plea to help find Spitfire pilot’s stolen photo

18 November 2020

A Spitfire pilot and his family are appealing to the public and the antiques trade to spot a stolen photograph.

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New date for next Newark Antiques and Collectors Market

17 November 2020

Event organiser IACF has scheduled new dates for the next Newark Antiques and Collectors Market.

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Art and antiques dealers make bold moves in London’s West End with new galleries

16 November 2020

A group of dealers have committed to new shops in London’s West End, in a clear sign the art and antiques market believes that retail in central London has a future after the coronavirus pandemic.

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Ardingly: last before lockdown

16 November 2020

IACF’s Ardingly market was the final major fair held before the new lockdown began in England

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Mudge and Dutton cased pocket watch ticks boxes at Golding Young & Mawer

16 November 2020

A George III gold pair cased pocket watch gave a strong start to the Golding Young & Mawer (20% buyer’s premium) November 4 sale (brought forward a day to avoid lockdown restrictions).

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Police return £2.5m rare books to dealers but four still missing after west London raid

12 November 2020

Rare books stolen in a ‘Mission: Impossible-style’ raid on a warehouse in west London in 2017 have been returned after a joint operation with Met police officers and Romanian authorities.

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Lyon & Turnbull, Elstob & Elstob and Bellmans – new faces and departments at regional auction houses

10 November 2020

The latest Movers & Shakers across UK salerooms including new departments and sales at Lyon & Turnbull and Elstob & Elstob.

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Online trading brings new confidence in second lockdown

09 November 2020

Art and antiques businesses in England are more prepared for trading through this new lockdown having gained experience last time around.

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Pick of the week: Fab pair from ‘Glasgow Four’ duo

09 November 2020

Two pieces by ‘Glasgow Four’ artists Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) and Frances Macdonald McNair (1873-1921) topped Lyon & Turnbull’s Decorative Arts: Design since 1860 auction on November 2-3.

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A looking glass believed to have been owned by Marie Antoinette is among the four lots to watch at auction this week

09 November 2020

With estimates from £1000-70,000, here are four previews of upcoming items this week.

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Architect’s apprentice McGhie built an artistic legacy

09 November 2020

Two trademark scenes by Scottish artist John McGhie (1867-1952) impressed at Great Western Auctions (24% buyer’s premium) in Glasgow.

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Online trading and working behind closed doors during lockdown get the green light

04 November 2020

The government has confirmed that art and antiques businesses in England will be able to continue trading behind closed doors during the new lockdown.