Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

The late Sir Michael Butler

Auctioneers brought in to value Chinese art collection after family spat

06 October 2016

A family row over a large collection of 17th century Chinese porcelain escalated this week after Art Fund trustee Caroline Butler hired Christie’s to value the collection.

Michael Newman

Tributes paid to Michael Newman

05 October 2016

Auctioneer, valuer and ‘Antiques Roadshow’ expert Michael Newman died last month, aged 80.

Adrian Greenwood

Book dealer’s murder linked to attempt to steal £50,000 first edition Wind in the Willows

04 October 2016

The murder of book dealer Adrian Greenwood was part of an attempt to steal a £50,000 first edition of the Wind in the Willows, a court has heard.

Adam Schoon

Antiques Roadshow's Asian art specialist joins Duke's

04 October 2016

Adam Schoon has joined Duke's in Dorchester to head its Asian art department.

Stanley Gibbons losses mount up as they write down £24m

03 October 2016

Collectables and auction business Stanley Gibbons has posted a £28.9m full-year loss after writing down the value of its assets.

John Scanlon CITES

CITES summit considers exemptions over antiques

03 October 2016

The possibility of a global ban on ivory that would allow exemptions for antiques was under discussion at last week’s CITES summit in South Africa.

Robert Kime

Interior designer Robert Kime to furnish new Pimlico Road home

29 September 2016

Robert Kime, interior designer to royalty and celebrities, is to close his famous Bloomsbury shop and move to Pimlico Road in London.

Ivory antique

British ivory exports to Hong Kong under scrutiny

28 September 2016

Wildlife campaigners are calling for a crackdown on ivory exports from the UK after a report revealed trade doubled to Hong Kong last year.

Dr Bendor Grosvenor and Jacky Klein

New BBC art show uncovers Flemish masterpiece in Swansea storeroom

28 September 2016

Dealer and art historian Dr Bendor Grosvenor is fronting a new series called ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ on BBC Four.

Daughter continues fight to keep family Chinese art collection together

28 September 2016

A large collection of 17th century Chinese porcelain could be broken up and sold after a family feud among the heirs of Sir Michael Butler, a former aide to Margaret Thatcher.

Antiques trade will have input to ivory rule changes

27 September 2016

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has vowed to consult with the antiques trade over plans to tighten rules surrounding ivory.

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Doing thy bidding – Stoneware from Canterbury Cathedral raises £210,000

27 September 2016

Canterbury Cathedral’s prayers were answered when every one of the 144 lots from its cathedral stone sale were sold at Canterbury Auction Galleries at the weekend.

Jean Dubuffet's Visiteur au chapeau bleu

Christie's announce highlights of Leslie Waddington's £12m art collection

26 September 2016

The art collection of the late Leslie Waddington, the pioneering contemporary art dealer, will go to auction next week and includes works by 20th-century icons such as Milton Avery, Josef Albers, Francis Picabia and Jean Dubuffet.

Wildenstein tax trial begins in Paris

26 September 2016

The long-awaited tax fraud trial of art dealer Guy Wildenstein has begun in Paris.

Collage screen by Kenneth Halliwell

Islington Museum buys collage by Joe Orton's lover at auction

23 September 2016

Islington Museum has paid £8000 for a screen collage by Joe Orton's lover and killer Kenneth Halliwell at a JP Humbert auction this week.

Hugh Edmeades

Christie’s gavel master Hugh Edmeades to become independent freelance auctioneer

23 September 2016

For gavel master Hugh Edmeades, remembering all the lots sold across a thirty-eight year career at Christie's could have been an impossible task if it were not for the fact he had kept a diary and written down everything he has ever sold.

Colnaghi's new shop

Old Master dealer Colnaghi to open new London gallery

22 September 2016

Colnaghi, the venerable London Old Master dealership, will open their new gallery in St James’s next month.

Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch helps fashion Sotheby's contemporary auction

22 September 2016

Fashion designer Anya Hindmarch's stylistic input helped Sotheby’s sell £1.8m at its latest contemporary sale.

D-Day flag

D-Day Landings flag up for auction in Kent

20 September 2016

A D-Day Landings Omaha Beach flag is being offered at C&T Auctioneers on September 28.

New law planned to govern the art lending market

20 September 2016

A shake-up of the art lending market has been proposed by the Law Commission with eventual plans for an art assets register.