Art and antiques news from 2006

In 2006 the Artist's Resale Right came into effect in the UK. It raised £1 million during its first 12 months in operation.

ATG Media hosted the first online auction with live audio feed at Dreweatt Neate via

Sotheby's bought the gallery and stock of Dutch Old Master dealer Robert Noortman, one of the founders of the Maastricht fair.


£5.8m with help from uncle Canaletto

11 December 2006

The highlight of this year’s Old Master picture series in London was a pair of Roman vedute by Bernardo Bellotto (Venice 1721-1780 Warsaw).

Get your skates on for Greenwich

05 December 2006

ROBERT Dodd is the director and auctioneer at Greenwich Auctions Partnership, in the Old Woolwich Road, just a cough away from the River Thames.


Saleroom revises Anglo-Japanese values – to £80,000

04 December 2006

Initially catalogued as “an Eastern walnut three-tier table, brass mounted and fitted three flaps, 2ft (64cm) wide when open” and estimated at just £150-200, the appraisal of this stylish table seen at Simon Chorley of Southam, near Cheltenham, Gloucester on November 30 was radically upgraded when it was identified as the work of Aesthetic architect and designer Edward William Godwin (1833-1886).


Arts Guild honours officers

04 December 2006

On November 27, the Guild of Arts Scholars, Dealers and Collectors took another important step in its development with the installation of the Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants. The Guild represents all those with a commercial interest in the world of historic arts as well as collectors and curators. It was registered by the City of London in September.


Deal sees Degas saved for nation

04 December 2006

This Edgar Degas bronze owned by the late art dealer Lillian Browse has been saved for the nation in a deal brokered by Christie’s in lieu of inheritance tax. It follows a similar sale recently arranged by the auctioneers that saw the National Gallery acquire two works by Italian artist Giovanni Paolo Panini.


Bloomsbury quiz champs yet again!

04 December 2006

AS the football pundits say, it’s not winning the title that makes a great team, it’s winning it back-to-back. And against even stronger competition, Bloomsbury Auctions repeated last year’s feat by taking the much-coveted top prize in the annual ATG pub quiz.


Burke in the chamber with the dagger

04 December 2006

ON December 28, 1792 Anglo-Irish statesman, orator and philosopher Edmund Burke (1729-97) enacted the melodrama in Parliament that became known as the Dagger Scene.

Trade weigh up pros and cons of two-dollar pound

04 December 2006

Dealers travelling to the United States for the New Year fairs season remained optimistic last week as sterling jumped to its highest level against the dollar in 14 years. The continued weakness in the US currency raised the prospect of a two-dollar pound in time for the January showpiece events in New York and Florida.

Police to return £24,000 in antiques to Newark dealers

04 December 2006

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE police are planning to return £24,000 worth of antiques at the Newark fair this Friday to dealers who accepted cheques from a fraudster.

Vintage fashion comes to Westbourne Grove

28 November 2006

ANITA Bott of Vintage Fashion Fairs is adding another venue to her bimonthly vintage fashion fairs at Battersea Arts Centre, events now firmly on the fashionistas circuit.


Served best perfectly rare… at £3600 a portion

27 November 2006

Son of Sir James Thornhill, brother-in-law to William Hogarth and serjeant painter to the King, John Thornhill was also a founder member of the Whig Beefsteak Club.

Art Fund step up pressure over museums cash

27 November 2006

The Louvre has more money to spend on buying art than the National Gallery, both Tates, the V&A and the British Museum put together.

Lennon for sale

27 November 2006

A set of 38 individual original metal printing plates used for the illustrations for John Lennon’s first book, are to go under the hammer on December 2 at Dickins of Middle Claydon, Bucks.

Humberts buy Calcutt Maclean Standen

27 November 2006

Humberts of Gloucestershire have bought the estate agency and fine art auction business of Calcutt Maclean Standen.

Dreweatt Neate consolidate sales operation

27 November 2006

Auctions to centre on Nottingham, Bristol and Newbury as others become offices

Dorset auction house closes

27 November 2006

Blandford Auction Rooms have ceased trading as the saleroom was closed by its owners on November 3.


A prime example, with hints of a prime minister

27 November 2006

While many are still finding the market sluggish for standard English brown furniture, there is no shortage of demand at the top end as shown by results from the latest sales in London.

400th birthday for Jamestown

27 November 2006

A new exhibition to mark the 400th anniversary of the first permanent settlement in America opens at the Museum in Docklands this month.


NAVA welcome new chairman as they debate their future

27 November 2006

The National Association of Valuers & Auctioneers have elected Neil Davey of Davey & Davey Auctioneers in Poole as their new chairman.

Fat Cat take Woodstock

21 November 2006

ANDY Briggs of Fat Cat Fairs has added Woodstock Antiques Fairs to his other three fairs. However, for the next six months at least the name will not change and it will not be incorporated into Fat Cat’s/Silhouette Fairs’ other events at Abingdon, Burford and Lechlade.