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.

Support rolls in for Sandon petition

26 May 2009

THE petition to persuade the Government to ease business rates in support of the art and antiques industry is gathering momentum.

Sotheby’s end Gleneagles sales after 40 years

20 May 2009

After more than 40 years, Sotheby’s have scrapped their annual sale at Gleneagles and will now hold biannual sales of Scottish art in London.


Soul single sets new record price

20 May 2009

FRANK Wilson's Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) is generally ranked by enthusiasts of Soul music as a very good rather than a great single, but in the collecting community it has acquired legendary status. Only two copies of the original pressing appear to have survived.


English-period Ricci in Washington

20 May 2009

Washington, D.C. auctioneers Sloans & Kenyon found this English period work by the Italian Baroque painter Sebastiano Ricci (1659-1734) in the basement of a local home.


Recalibrating contemporary values in New York

20 May 2009

Conservative estimates tailored to new realities enabled the New York flagship sales of post-War and contemporary art to set solid selling rates. But, for both major houses, the financial gulf between this year and 2008 was enormous.

Haughtons scrap design fair

20 May 2009

LONDON-based organisers Brian and Anna Haughton have cancelled this year's New York International Art & Design Fair, slated for October 2 to 7.


Thief steals Eton awards

20 May 2009

AN opportunist thief has stolen some highly individual and recognisable objects from the Lodge at Eton College.

New bid to tackle jewellery gangs

20 May 2009

THE National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG) and insurers T.H. March are launching an initiative aimed at gathering better intelligence on crime.


Irish peat buckets make £24,000 in Nottingham

20 May 2009

THIS pair of Irish George III mahogany and brass-bound peat buckets drew multiple bidders at Mellors & Kirk's two-day auction in Nottingham on April 30-May 1.


Modern art in New York adapts to modern times

20 May 2009

Thin catalogues and thin demand for aggressively-priced works by Modern masters characterised the recent sales of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York.

Dillingham bow to recession as they close New York HQ

20 May 2009

NEW York specialists in high-end English furniture, paintings and objects Dillingham and Co have closed their shop at 217 East 60th Street.

Lesters set for a January revival of their Miami fair

20 May 2009

FLORIDA fairs impresario David Lester and his wife Lee Anne will launch the Miami International Art Fair at the Miami Beach Convention Center from January 6 to 10 next year.

Sotheby’s adopt ‘aggressive response’ as downturn bites

20 May 2009

SEVERE belt-tightening is the order of the day at Sotheby’s as the company ride out the downturn and position themselves to take strong advantage as the market recovers.

Launch of new industry award

20 May 2009

ATG Media have launched an award to find the Best Auctioneer on the Internet.


Dickens snuffbox appears in Worcestershire

08 May 2009

On May 14, Malvern auctioneer Philip Serrell will sell this 3.5oz silver floral engraved snuffbox marked for Nathaniel Mills, Birmingham 1836.


On the origin of bidding...

08 May 2009

A YEAR that marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species has already produced several television and radio programmes on Darwin, and it was always to be expected that his saleroom profile might be high in 2009.


Van Leeuwenhoek microscope takes £260,000

08 May 2009

HE had received only a basic education and spoke only Dutch, but Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) is today recognised as the greatest of the pioneering microscopists of the 17th century.


Civil War hoard surfaces 30 years after discovery

08 May 2009

A HOARD of James I gold unites, found in the wall of an Oxfordshire cellar 30 years ago, is expected to sell for £50,000 at London specialist auctioneers Morton & Eden on June 9-10.


Evidence that Avarice pays

08 May 2009

THE deadly sin of avarice was the theme of this large 16th century Flemish tapestry, but the warning failed to temper the desire of bidders when it came up at Skinner's most recent sale of European furniture and decorative arts in Boston in the USA on April 11.


Market fears hit Hong Kong spring sales consignments

08 May 2009

SOTHEBY’S Hong Kong spring sales series of classical, modern and contemporary Asian art, wine, jewellery and watches from April 4 to 8 were not as financially rewarding for the firm as in recent times.