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.

Holt’s strike Land Rover brand deal

08 June 2009

THE Norfolk-based auctioneers of fine modern and antique guns, Holt’s, have signed a promotional deal with Land Rover that sees them become ambassadors for the all-terrain vehicles.


Cirencester saleroom suffers £40,000 theft on anniversary

08 June 2009

A WELL-ORGANISED gang targeted the premises of Cirencester auctioneers Moore Allen & Innocent on May 28, taking antiques with a combined value of between £20,000-40,000.

Former Sotheby’s jewellery chief looks to corner online antique silver market

08 June 2009

A NEW website has been launched which aims to do for antique silver what has done for the antiquarian and secondhand book trade.

EBay call on antiques industry to help them beat counterfeits

08 June 2009

EBAY UK have launched a new anti-counterfeit campaign and want to work closely with the antiques industry to beat the fakers.


More evidence claimed about Psaier and Warhol

08 June 2009

SUSSEX auctioneer John Nicholson is claiming a significant breakthrough in establishing the existence of artist Pietro Psaier and his links with Andy Warhol.

DMG sell all four big UK fairs

01 June 2009

DMG Antiques Fairs, organisers of four of the biggest antiques and collectors’ fairs in the UK, have been sold by their parent company.


Three nudes emerge after 70 years to make €900,000

01 June 2009

COLOGNE auctioneers Van Ham offered this oil painting by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938), hidden from public view for over 70 years, at their latest sale.

Bonhams make musical move to Knightsbridge

01 June 2009

BONHAMS are moving their musical instrument department from New Bond Street to their Knightsbridge rooms.


Was this why Byron was mad, bad and dangerous to know?

01 June 2009

TURN the leaves of ‘A sketchbook belonging to Lady Julia Conyers...’ and you will find some 80 drawings and watercolours by Lady Julia and her society friends that are for the most part unexceptional and predictable.

EBay win against L’Oréal in the High Court

01 June 2009

EBAY have now added a London High Court victory against a claim from luxury brand L’Oréal to the one they gained in France last month.


Police appeal for information following thefts

01 June 2009

PICTURED here is a medal commemorating the taking of Porto Bello by Admiral Vernon in 1739. It was among the items stolen from a country house museum in south Derbyshire on the afternoon of May 20.


When Bawden won Essex a storm of publicity

30 May 2009

There were local, or at least county, connections when this large linocut print, ‘Church and Thunderstorm’ by Edward Bawden (1903-1989) was offered by Essex auctioneers Sworders at their spring Country House sale.


Salisbury jade enters record books at £3.4m

26 May 2009

SALISBURY auctioneers Woolley & Wallis have broken their own UK regional record with the sale last week of a Qianlong jade carving of a water buffalo for £3.4m. It establishes a massive new UK landmark for any work of art sold at auction outside London.

ABA steps up efforts to resolve Slade affair

26 May 2009

THE Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) has stepped up its efforts to recover books stolen by its former president, David Slade, from Sir Evelyn de Rothschild.


We look to the future says Grosvenor House organiser

26 May 2009

THE organisers of The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair have announced that they have chosen the 75th anniversary to take the event in a new direction. New disciplines brought in by a raft of new dealers will help broaden the appeal for today's collectors, says the fair's director Alison Vaissiere.

French court turns in favour of eBay over fakes

26 May 2009

THE tide has turned in favour of eBay in the legal war over the sale of counterfeit goods on their site after a French court backed them against L’Oreal.


Christie’s to offer tax-free storage

26 May 2009

CHRISTIE’S Fine Art Storage Services (CFASS) have announced that they will open a new facility at The Singapore Freeport in January 2010, offering a secure tax-free location for the storage and transaction of fine art and antiques.

Detectorist jailed over coins fraud

26 May 2009

A metal detector enthusiast who pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud has been jailed for six months for selling modern fakes.

Desk specialists win dispute over rival’s use of their name for website

26 May 2009

BURRELLS Antique Desks have won their case against rival dealer Steve Campbell in a dispute over his use of their name to divert customers to his business via the internet.


Proof that politics never really changes…

26 May 2009

AFTER the resignation of the speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin last week, the subject of this cartoon of the 1830s could hardy have been more topical.