Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

Reigning Queens

Queen portraits among highlights of Sotheby’s Platinum jubilee celebrations

02 June 2022

Portraits of five centuries of female monarchs feature in a loan exhibition at Sotheby’s as part of its jubilee festival.

Defra

Ivory Act goes live on June 6

30 May 2022

The Ivory Act, a near-total ban on the sale of antique ivory, comes into force in the UK on June 6.

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

Royal icons at Bond Street platinum jubilee show

30 May 2022

Sotheby’s is holding a month-long programme of exhibitions and events to mark the platinum jubilee.

Mehernefer and his son

Egyptian Old Kingdom statue once owned by George III comes to auction

30 May 2022

This Egyptian Old Kingdom statue once owned by George III will be offered at Christie’s during its Classic Week sales in July.

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Mickey and Minnie return to Glamis Castle

30 May 2022

This pair of Mickey and Minnie Mouse toys has been on quite an adventure.

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Traders and buyers united by cross purposes

30 May 2022

TEFAF New York and Eye of the Collector are both cross-collecting fairs with an emphasis on Contemporary art but staged in historic buildings and also offering antiques.

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Going platinum: the market for royal memorabilia

30 May 2022

English jubilees, coronations and investitures have long been occasions not only for a national celebration but also for manufacturers to cash in with an array of souvenirs. In this special report we turn the spotlight on royal items offered and sold by dealers and auction houses

Harrison Goldman

New hires and an auction house expansion – the latest news from across the art and antiques sector

26 May 2022

Appointments at Christie’s New York and Bellmans are among the latest jobs news.

NAJ Summit

Jewellery event speakers revealed

25 May 2022

The National Association of Jewellers’ Institute of Registered Valuers (IRV) has announced the keynote speakers for its upcoming conference this summer.

Silver casket with Dr Anna Groundwater

Mary, Queen of Scots silver casket sold to Scottish museum for £1.8m

24 May 2022

A casket believed to have once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots has been bought by the National Museum of Scotland with help from donors and art funds.

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Plea for help to restore historic barns housing antiques centre

23 May 2022

A family of antiques dealers are hoping to raise funds to continue the restoration of two Elizabethan barns in the Surrey countryside that house their centre.

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In the Wright place

23 May 2022

A Wright of Derby (1734-97) self-portrait, in private hands for 250 years, has been bought by Derby Museum and Art Gallery with the help of donations and a government tax scheme.

BADA looking for managing director

23 May 2022

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) is looking for a managing director.

Ben Clark and Alessandro Fiorotto

Art adviser Gurr Johns launches financing business

19 May 2022

Art consultancy and valuation firm Gurr Johns has launched a new money-lending business.

Masterpiece London

Masterpiece London announces line up for summer event

17 May 2022

The exhibitor list has been published for the upcoming Masterpiece London fair at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Joseph Wright of Derby

Derby museum brings Wright of Derby painting ‘home’

16 May 2022

A Wright of Derby (1734-97) self-portrait, in private hands for 250 years, has been bought by Derby Museum and Art Gallery with the help of donations and a government tax scheme.

Manhattan skyline

New York City says no need to publicise lot guarantees

16 May 2022

Auction houses will no longer be legally required to publicise guarantees on artworks sold in New York City when a repeal of business regulations goes ahead next month.

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Chiswick unveils saleroom move

16 May 2022

Chiswick Auctions is ‘going home’ after nearly 25 years.

Baccarat tantalus

Trunk and drunk at the same time for a party

16 May 2022

This remarkable Baccarat tantalus in the form of an elephant and howdah sold at Can$120,000 (£75,000) at an auction in Victoria, British Columbia.

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East Bristol targets a score of 10 out of 10

16 May 2022

An auction house in Bristol is celebrating its 10th anniversary in business by holding 10 sales in as many days.