Art and antiques news from 2009

The most successful edition of the Grosvenor House fair in London took place in 2009. It was the event’s 75th anniversary year but soon after the owners of the hotel said the fair would not be staged the following year. It was quickly replaced by Masterpiece at a different venue.

Also in 2009, dealer association LAPADA launched a new fair in a marquee in Berkeley Square in London's Mayfair and the buying power of Chinese nationals became a major force at auctions around the world.

RICS tighten regulations for valuations in new year

22 December 2009

JANUARY sees the tightening of rules for RICS valuers in their assessment of personal property. Set out as part of the terms of the Red Book – the guide to Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors standards in valuing – the new compliance regulations apply to written valuations and will be mandatory for RICS members.


Rayner hits top form in Stoke

22 December 2009

THIS outstanding Louise Rayner (1832-1924) watercolour, depicting the Butter Market at Ludlow, Shropshire, posted a new house record for Louis Taylor of Stoke-on-Trent at their latest sale.

Auctioneer issues warning after violent knife attack

22 December 2009

Auctioneer Nick Hall of Frank Marshall in Knutsford has issued a warning to dealers and auctioneers to be wary of bogus appointments after he was the victim of a vicious attack.


Baldwin’s to sell medals from Hall collection

22 December 2009

THIS 15th century bronze portrait of Cecilia Gonzaga is one of more than 2000 medals in the collection formed by New York collector and former Hollywood actor Michael Hall to be offered by Baldwin's in London in 2010.

Cooper Fairs add Tatton Park to growing stable

22 December 2009

COOPER Fairs, owned by Sue Ede, have acquired The Tatton Park Antiques Fair from Essex organiser Robert Bailey.


Hong Kong sales solid across the board

22 December 2009

WHAT the latest Asian auction series in Hong Kong lacked in terms of headline-grabbing 18th century Imperial blockbusters, it more than made up for in solid performances across the board.

Liechtenstein cancel RA show over export dispute

22 December 2009

THE Royal Academy’s 2010 exhibition of treasures from the Liechtenstein Museum has been cancelled after the failure to resolve a long-running dispute over export licences.


Christmas Carol at the top of the tree

22 December 2009

A COPY of A Christmas Carol has now knocked Oliver Twist off the top of the tree to become the most expensive Dickens title ever sold at auction.

V&A to stage fakes show

22 December 2009

THE V&A is to put on an exhibition of fakes curated by the Metropolitan Police Service's Art and Antiques Unit.


Trophy lots set new records at Old Master sales

14 December 2009

The latest Old Master sales in London underlined the importance for auctioneers of securing the best works by major names.

Fashion shop replaces Portobello arcade

14 December 2009

LIPKA’S Antiques Gallery, the Portobello antiques arcades that closed earlier this year, has now become an outlet for the AllSaints Spitalfields fashion chain.

Agnew’s announce new chairman and new premises

14 December 2009

LONDON art dealers Agnew’s, who were founded in 1817, mark the new year with a new chief executive, new gallery and a new direction.

Masterpiece sign up heavyweight exhibitors for June 2010

07 December 2009

ATG have had exclusive access to the first names to sign contracts for Masterpiece, the grand new London fair planned for Chelsea Barracks, SW1, next summer.


Russian market stages a slow recovery but oligarchs go all out for heirlooms

07 December 2009

As buyers took the chance the chance to swipe a glitzy stocking-filler in time for Christmas, the latest Russian sales in London showed that there is still plenty of money to be made in this sector, despite the downturn.

Multiple arrests as police raid the Hôtel Drouot

07 December 2009

THE Hôtel Drouot was rocked to its foundations on December 2 after a massive police swoop ended with 12 people being taken into custody on suspicion of organised theft.


Why map reading can pay

07 December 2009

IT wasn't just the London auction rooms that benefitted from the Russian influx last week. On November 29, Wilkinson's of Doncaster offered this 19th century Russian silver and niello work box.

Australia reverses policy and adopts Artist’s Resale Right

07 December 2009

AUSTRALIA has reversed its previous government’s decision and introduced its own version of the Artist’s Resale Right.

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Museums launch appeal to buy Anglo-Saxon hoard

07 December 2009

THE two museums hoping to provide a home for the Staffordshire hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold will be asking arts charities and other funding bodies to pay for it.

Ritchies slammed over record keeping

07 December 2009

The trustee appointed to oversee the collapse of Toronto-based Ritchies Auctioneers has presented a damning portrait of the company’s operations.

PBFA and Oxfam settle dispute and agree a deal to work together

07 December 2009

THE Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) and Oxfam have come to an agreement in their dispute over how the charity is affecting the secondhand book market.