Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters
Auction of Suffolk artists’ pictures to support the East Anglian Art Fund16 October 2019
Pictures and sculptures by two Suffolk artists will be auctioned to raise funds for a local artistic community.
Dorset country house auction takes over £1m14 October 2019
Last week’s on-the-premises sale at Athelhampton House in Dorset was a near sell-out with a hammer price of close to £1.2m.
Five lots to watch at auction this week including a 6ft King Kong figure, an antique roulette wheel and a Scottish colourist painting14 October 2019
With estimates from £200-35,000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.
Graham Bowers: Why I’m under Napoleon’s spell14 October 2019
In the latest of our occasional series of collector interviews, we talk to Graham Bowers, who buys items associated with Napoleon Bonaparte and describes himself as being “under the Corsican wizard’s spell”.
Famous Welsh religious revival painting ‘Salem’ saved for nation11 October 2019
The National Library of Wales has bought Salem by Sydney Curnow Vosper (1866- 1942) ahead of a planned auction.
The latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques market including at Bonhams, Doyle and at the Edinburgh Assay Office10 October 2019
An update on appointments from across the globe.
Art dealers help discover original Anthony van Dyck portrait in Liverpool gallery08 October 2019
A picture in Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery has emerged as an original Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641) portrait.
Parliament proves it can complete a deal07 October 2019
A missing Pugin parliamentary letter box has been returned to the Palace of Westminster more than 100 years after it disappeared.
Towering sale during the recent London fairs07 October 2019
An oil on panel of The Tower of Babel, 1604, by Abel Grimmer (1570-1618/19), offered at £1.35m by Johnny Van Haeften was one of the stand-out sales during last week’s host of London art and antique trade events.
Bristol University to buy judge's copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' from famous obscenity trial02 October 2019
Fundraising led by writers’ association English PEN has helped save for the nation the judge’s annotated copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover'.
Where to see and buy Islamic art in London this autumn01 October 2019
The major auction houses host their biannual Islamic Art Week auctions in April and October, and this month a series of events and auctions are planned across the capital.
Conan Doyle-designed portable desk for sale from furniture maker Timothy Oulton30 September 2019
Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was so keen to be able to work while he travelled that in 1925 he commissioned a case maker to create the bespoke trunk that could turn into a writing desk.
Régence table brings £52,000 bid at Lots Road Auctions30 September 2019
A Régence period giltwood table attracted interest from across the trade, taking £52,000 (estimate £5000- 8000) at Lots Road Auctions (22% buyer’s premium).
Dealer sells Gell portrait to British Museum30 September 2019
London and Petworth dealer Timothy Langston Fine Art & Antiques has sold a portrait of the Regency period antiquarian Sir William Gell (1777-1836) to the British Museum.
Trio of dealers team up for London's Islamic Week30 September 2019
Three Islamic and Indian art dealers have teamed up to launch an exhibition coinciding with the London auction event Islamic Week.
Art advisor Nazy Vassegh launches new art fair27 September 2019
Former Masterpiece London fair chief executive Nazy Vassegh is planning a new art fair in May next year.
Rare King Edward VIII coin makes UK auction record26 September 2019
A UK auction record for a copper coin was set this week when a rare Edward VIII 1937 pattern penny sold at Spink & Son.
Reward offered for return of antiques stolen from Sudeley Castle26 September 2019
The antiques trade has been asked to help spot antiques from Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds near Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, which were stolen earlier this month.
New guidance for jewellery dealers after hallmark launched for jewellery stamped outside UK by Birmingham Assay Office26 September 2019
The British Hallmarking Council has issued new guidance for jewellery dealers on articles hallmarked outside the UK by the Birmingham Assay Office.
Rare early Islamic gold dinar coin comes to auction next month26 September 2019
A rare Umayyad gold dinar dated 105AH (723AD) will be offered at a Morton & Eden auction with a £1.4-1.6m estimate next month.