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.

Christie’s give picture sales a makeover

08 May 2009

CHRISTIE’S are to replace a wide range of specialist picture sales with a new sale category incorporating 600 years of traditional Western art. The change will be implemented worldwide from May across their salerooms in London, New York, Milan, Paris and Amsterdam.

From Shambles to a well-oiled machine

08 May 2009

ANTIQUES delivery specialist Mail Boxes Etc. have taken on a logistical challenge and a half, having agreed to handle the shipping for the forthcoming Shambles Museum sale.

Getting the most out of foreign currency

08 May 2009

LEADING independent private and commercial foreign exchange providers Currencies Direct are hosting two seminars for LAPADA members to help them get better value on their foreign payments.

A Don deal?

08 May 2009

Gary Don Auctioneers of Leeds was the first subject of Keep It In The Family, a new series of four documentaries that follows a different family business with a succession dilemma each week.

Coat of Arms appeal

08 May 2009

POLICE are trying to locate the owners of a painted cast iron British Coat of Arms which was recovered in the Westcliff area of Scunthorpe in the middle of January. It is believed to have been stolen.

Antiquarius dealers look to the future

08 May 2009

DEALERS at Antiquarius have been left looking for a new home after the final death knells were sounded for the King’s Road antiques centre last week.

DMG sell off American fairs to former senior executives

08 May 2009

TWO former senior executives of dmg World Media have bought the three American SOFA fairs and the Charlotte, North Carolina showground fair from their former company.

Online silver reference resource

08 May 2009

THIRTY antiquarian books on the subject of silver are now available in digital form online.

Antiquities to stay at Christie’s

08 May 2009

CHRISTIE’S have confirmed that their Antiquities department at South Kensington will continue as before, with sales in April and October.

Sculpture Week folds

08 May 2009

LONDON Sculpture Week, which was scheduled for June 12 to 19, has been suspended due to lack of sponsorship.

Own Art leads to £10.5m of sales in first five years

08 May 2009

The Arts Council have reported that over £10.5m worth of arts and crafts sales have been generated by its Own Art programme since the scheme's April 2004 launch.

Spitfire sold at £1.58m

08 May 2009

Bonhams sold their second WWII Spitfire aircraft in the space of seven months last week when businessman Steven Brooks paid £1.58m plus premium for a TR Mark IX specification model at an auction held at the Hendon RAF Museum on April 20. The plane had been estimated to make in the region of £1.5-£2m.

Police appeals after Suffolk thefts

08 May 2009

POLICE have asked for information about a theft that took place at Cavendish Antiques and Interiors in Suffolk in the early hours of April 11.

Ebay say call us to settle online disputes

20 April 2009

eBay are to introduce a new dispute-resolution process in America that includes the offer of a toll-free telephone number to discuss problems verbally with Ebay customer support.


Butcher leaves Salisbury for Crewkerne

20 April 2009

AFTER nine years in Salisbury, silver specialist Alex Butcher is to leave Woolley & Wallis to join Lawrences of Crewkerne.

Chevertons to sell up at Dreweatts

20 April 2009

DREWEATTS will sell the stock of Chevertons at the Donnington Priory salerooms on May 12.


Showing faith in the toy market at $90,000

20 April 2009

This rare Märklin toy, the so-called Fidelitas clown caravan, proved the highlight of the sale of Part I of the Donald Kaufman collection conducted 'without reserve' by Bertoia Auctions of Vineland, New Jersey on March 19-21.


Claim reveals terms offered to top seller

20 April 2009

More details have emerged regarding the ‘breach-of-contract’ lawsuit which claims that Christie’s backed out of a $40m guarantee made to secure a Francis Bacon self-portrait for sale.


Taking tea at Craven Cottage

20 April 2009

ELIZABETH Craven was no shrinking violet, even when judged by the freer moral standards of 18th century England.

Salander employee pleads guilty to falsifying records

20 April 2009

A US picture dealer has pleaded guilty to falsifying business records while a director at New York’s Salander O’Reilly Galleries.