Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters
New faces at art and antiques businesses as online platform 2Covet expands28 July 2021
This week’s Movers & Shakers includes a group of new hires at online dealer platform 2Covet.
British antiques restorer arrested and investigated in US court case27 July 2021
The Manhattan district attorney’s office is investigating a multi-million-pound Asian antiquities ‘trafficking ring’ and has arrested a British antiques restorer as part of the case.
Lawrence’s ‘The Red Boy’ bought by The National Gallery in deal via Christie’s24 July 2021
The National Gallery is to acquire a portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) with the help of charitable donations and advice from Christie’s.
A dozen ‘national treasures’ saved for the nation after export licence blocks21 July 2021
A dozen items deemed national treasures were bought by institutions between May 2018 and April 2020 with a value of £7.6m, according to the latest report.
Government launches consultation on extending antique ivory ban to hippos, narwhals, walruses and whales20 July 2021
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a consultation on extending the near-total ban on the antique ivory trade.
Portobello dealers ‘left reeling’ as flood hits shops and arcades19 July 2021
Portobello Road dealers are cleaning up after “a month of rain in 90 minutes” flooded homes and businesses in the area last week.
Coronavirus rules relax but mask wearing to be the norm at antiques events19 July 2021
Larger indoor fairs can go ahead in England now that coronavirus restrictions have been relaxed but many firms will retain coronavirus measures.
A slow recovery: stolen tortoises resurface after 29 years19 July 2021
Four Victorian bronze tortoises stolen from National Trust property Kingston Lacy in Dorset have been recovered nearly 30 years later.
Fake or Fortune? returns to screens for its ninth season this month17 July 2021
BBC TV show Fake or Fortune? is returning later this month after filming progressed in between lockdowns.
England relaxes coronavirus restrictions but recommendations remain in place14 July 2021
The UK government has confirmed that from July 19 in England many of the coronavirus restrictions will be relaxed.
French state buys infamous Marquis de Sade’s manuscript with help from a wealthy banker13 July 2021
France’s Ministry of Culture announced the acquisition by the state of the ‘120 days of Sodom’ by the Marquis de Sade and a number of other manuscripts.
Warning over Brexit effect on British hallmarking12 July 2021
The British Hallmarking Council (BHC) is to raise concerns with the government about the impact of Brexit on antique gold and silver exports into the EU.
Growing gains early on at London Art Week12 July 2021
Exhibitors at London Art Week have reported a good flow of visitors to galleries as well as demand for the online series of talks.
Book fan leaves his antiquarian collection to local Oxfam shop10 July 2021
A book collector who travelled to an Oxfam shop in Tavistock, Devon every Tuesday by bus for the past decade has left his entire book collection to the charity.
New VAT rules for EU imports take effect this month08 July 2021
New VAT rules have been put in place by the European Union for distance selling.
New faces and updates across auction houses in the UK and US07 July 2021
This week’s Movers & Shakers includes a new specialist for Roseberys’ Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples department.
London Art Week talks commence online06 July 2021
The latest edition of London Art Week is underway and a series of talks and lectures accompany the in-gallery exhibitions held by dealers across London.
Antiques Roadshow specialist Eric Knowles turns dealer at new Kent emporium05 July 2021
Decorative arts specialist Eric Knowles has become a dealer and teamed up with others in the trade to launch a new emporium in Kent.
Q&A: Simon Gillespie05 July 2021
Described recently in a How To Spend It article in the Financial Times as a “part sleuth, part therapist and part miracle worker… a modern master of illumination”, Simon Gillespie runs a team of seven conservators, restorers and specialists in his studio above New Bond Street in central London.