Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

Duggleby Stephenson

Yorkshire auction houses team up to expand in York

11 September 2018

Duggleby Stephenson, a joint venture between Scarborough’s David Duggleby and Boulton & Cooper Stephensons, is opening a new saleroom at the York Auction Centre.

Parliament

House of Lords proposes amendments to ivory bill ahead of parliamentary debate

10 September 2018

A group of members of the House of Lords have requested changes to the wording of the ivory bill ahead of a debate in the upper house, due to begin this afternoon.

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Management team replaces Pratt at Bellmans

10 September 2018

West Sussex auction house Bellmans has reshuffled its top team following the departure of managing director Jonathan Pratt, who left to join Dreweatts last month.

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Art Business Conference: Why Christie’s is backing the decorative arts

10 September 2018

Christie’s executive Dirk Boll told delegates at the Art Business Conference that the decorative arts could be coming back into fashion.

Robin Williams

Art and memorabilia collection of US comedian and actor Robin Williams to be auctioned at Sotheby’s

07 September 2018

More than 300 objects from the personal collection of the late actor Robin Williams (1951-2014) and his wife Marsha will be offered at auction in New York.

Blue John sold urns

North London saleroom celebrates after Blue John urns stand out at auction

07 September 2018

The sale of three Blue John and ormolu-mounted urns could mark a purple patch for a family-run north London auction house this month.

Rose bowl

Four men arrested on suspicion of £1m antiques burglary at entrepreneur's home

06 September 2018

Detectives investigating the high-value burglary of antiques from the home of British biotech entrepreneur Sir Christopher Evans and his family in July have arrested four men.

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair

Vintage fair hopes to tempt fans ahead of London Fashion Week with latest edition

05 September 2018

The Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair will hold its latest The Vintage Collections event on Sunday in Covent Garden.

Lucy Gregory

Line up for NAVA’s Novice Auctioneer of the Year competition revealed

05 September 2018

Auctioneers from Christie’s, Chiswick Auctions, Dreweatts and Brettells will take part in this year’s NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year competition.

Christie’s EMERI president Dirk Boll

Decorative arts is making a comeback, claims Christie’s executive

04 September 2018

There are signs of renewed interest for the decorative arts – from furniture to ‘Kunstkammer’ cabinets of curiosities – according to Christie’s executive Dirk Boll.

Alfred Swaine Taylor

Collection from the ‘father of forensic medicine’ and photography pioneer comes to auction in Suffolk

04 September 2018

The collection of photography pioneer and medical writer Alfred Swaine Taylor (1806-80) is to be offered at auction house Lacy Scott & Knight in Bury St Edmunds in October following the success of a first sale last year.

Kirstie Imber

Movers and shakers: new hires at auction houses Sotheby’s, Sworders and Kingham & Orme

03 September 2018

Our latest look at new faces across the art and antiques trade.

Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill bronze maquette among collection of Sir Edward du Cann to be auctioned at Dorset saleroom

03 September 2018

The art and antiques collection of the late Tory MP who helped to bring Margaret Thatcher to power is coming to auction in Dorchester.

Sotheby’s tests demand for Japanese art by holding first stand-alone sale for 11 years

03 September 2018

Sotheby’s is to test the temperature of the market for Japanese art with its first dedicated sale in London for more than a decade.

Keep calm on Brexit, say trade associations

03 September 2018

Trade bodies are urging the art and antiques sector not to panic following the announcement that the government is preparing for a ‘no-deal Brexit’.

Ephemera Society

The Ephemera Society Summer Fair returns to June time slot

01 September 2018

The Ephemera Society Summer Fair will return to a June date next year, in line with next summer’s series of London book and map fairs.

Carrara marble sculpture

Five Grand Tour collectables coming up at regional auctions next month

31 August 2018

Specimen marble tops, micro-mosaics, plaster intaglios and marble neoclassical sculptures – objects such as these were typical purchases for the Grand Tourists who visited the sights of classical civilization in the 18th and 19th centuries. All regularly appear at auction.

Classical Numismatic Group

Coin collector buys Classical Numismatic Group and takes over management

31 August 2018

Coin collector Mike Gasvoda has bought the assets of Classical Numismatic Group from the current partnership of Victor England and Eric McFadden.

Vase and cover

Fairytale forecast: Six Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre examples flutter into regional salerooms

30 August 2018

The description Fairyland Lustre conjures up magic and folklore and these examples of porcelain by Wedgwood created in the inter-war period by Daisy Makeig-Jones are popular with collectors. Here is a selection of six coming up at auction including a rare 'Ghostly Wood' malfrey pot at Sworders.

Fine Art Society

The Fine Art Society leaves Bond Street for temporary home in Chelsea

29 August 2018

The Fine Art Society has left its home of the past 142 years in Mayfair’s Bond Street and is temporarily relocating to Chelsea until it secures a permanent address.