Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

Houses of Parliament

New Charities Act will allow UK museums to deaccession parts of their collections

29 September 2022

An update to the Charities Act coming into force over the next year will allow museums in the UK to deaccession some items.

Emma Ward

A new art dealer, auction house and a book – updates from across the world of art and antiques

27 September 2022

New faces at Lyon & Turnbull, Hansons plus a newly launched art dealership and a new auction house are among the latest Movers & Shakers news.

Emma Ward

Art specialist Emma Ward to create new dealership with Fabrizio Moretti

26 September 2022

Dickinson Gallery’s managing director Emma Ward and James Roundell have left to set up a firm with Old Master specialist Fabrizio Moretti.

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In the frame: Collectors and film prop buyers are among those boosting the market for antique picture frames

26 September 2022

Usually overshadowed by the art that lies within, it is often forgotten that frames themselves can be a fundamental part of the overall value.

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Frame game: Parker Fine Art Auctions

26 September 2022

“Parker has created the first regular frames auction with a dedicated catalogue in more than 10 years. It is great to see.”

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Corn Exchange grows into antiques arcade

26 September 2022

A former theatre, corn market, auction rooms, exhibition space and council office has been “reanimated” as an “emporium” by a group of art and antiques dealers.

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Restoring antique picture frames

26 September 2022

From falling off a wall to being damaged in transit, antique frames often need to be repaired.

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Measurements: antique frames come in a range of sizes

26 September 2022

From half-lengths to the kit-cat size: antique frames come in a variety of sizes.

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Collector Interview: I am just nuts about nutcrackers

26 September 2022

Nutcracker collector and author aims to open a museum in his home country.

A Phillips auction in Hong Kong

Phillips expands into China

22 September 2022

Phillips has agreed a tie-up with Chinese auction house Yongle.

Sir Terence Conran

Collection from Sir Terence Conran’s home comes to auction

22 September 2022

A collection of items from Barton Court, the home of the late Sir Terence Conran (1931-2020), is coming to auction at Bonhams in December.

Asian Art in London

Asian Art in London celebrates 25 years this autumn

21 September 2022

Asian Art in London (AAL) has announced the dates for its festival this year as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Parchment roundels

UK buyer sought for Elizabeth I roundels 

20 September 2022

A conjoined roundel manuscript given by the Archbishop of Canterbury to Queen Elizabeth I has been temporarily blocked from export in the hope a UK institution can raise the funds.

Goldsmiths' Hall

Goldsmiths' Fair celebrates 40 years with exhibition of 40 pieces of silver and jewellery

15 September 2022

As part of the next Goldsmiths' Fair this month 40 pieces from the Goldsmiths’ Company’s collection will be on display.

Cromwell Place

Auction house Bellmans opens in Kensington's Cromwell Place

14 September 2022

News of Bellmans opening a London office in South Kensington is among the latest moves and hires across the world of art and antiques.

Marble head

Met museum hands back looted artefacts

12 September 2022

Twenty-seven looted artefacts seized from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art have been returned to Italy and Egypt as part of longrunning investigations by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit.

Jade pony

Jade thieves ordered to pay back proceeds of auction sales

12 September 2022

A man, who along with his father, stole valuable Chinese works of art from the home of an elderly Bedfordshire widow has been asked to pay back more than £200,000.

Turner's armchair

Bonhams brings oak and folk sale to Scotland

12 September 2022

Bonhams has relaunched its oak and folk art sales – this time in Edinburgh.

Ian and Sharon Aitken

‘The last ever Richardson & Linnell auction’

12 September 2022

The collection of former Richardson & Linnell auctioneer Ian Aitken will be offered at Bamfords on September 26-27.

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£120,000 sought to keep early Polar flag in Britain

12 September 2022

A flag from polar explorer Captain Henry Kellett (1806-75) has been barred from export in the hope £120,000 can be raised to keep it in the UK.