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.


An American icon in Derbyshire

17 April 2009

THERE was high drama at the Mackworth Hotel, Derbyshire on April 15 when a creamware teapot and cover carrying a telling political message sold for £69,000.

Public meeting to decide future of Antiquarius

17 April 2009

KENSINGTON and Chelsea council are holding a public planning meeting on Tuesday to consider the application to turn the King’s Road antiques centre Antiquarius into a branch of the American clothing chain Anthropologie.

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Court case may force auction houses to review guarantees

14 April 2009

A LEGAL dispute in the US Federal court over auction guarantees could lead to a tightening of the terms and conditions under which they are issued.

Sandon calls on Whitehall to back antiques industry

14 April 2009

HENRY Sandon, one of the best-known figures in the British antiques world, has called on the UK government to provide more support for the industry.


How Sir Halliday went global

14 April 2009

THE highlight of the specialist arms and armour sale conducted by Sworders from their Sudbury rooms on April 7 was an important part medal group awarded to Sir Halliday Macartney (1833-1906), a soldier-turned-diplomat with a long official connection with China.


Slide away for the great escape

14 April 2009

COTSWOLDS specialist in sporting antiques Manfred Schotten can usually be relied upon to turn up some quirky, offbeat but interesting items, and drawing on the wide world of sport and leisure pursuits he has plenty of scope.


Dealer jailed for ten years over £1.9m fraud

14 April 2009

A BANKRUPT Suffolk antiques dealer who went on the run to Bulgaria after swindling creditors in a £1.9m fraud has been jailed for ten years.

Cheltenham fair off the race card

14 April 2009

FAIR organiser Ingrid Nilson has announced that she is to give up The Autumn Antiques Antiques and Fine Art Fair at Cheltenham Racecourse.

LiveAuctioneers post first quarter results

14 April 2009

LIVEAUCTIONEERS have posted figures for their first quarter as a stand-alone online auctions platform.


Royalists muster for a Sunday in Kensington

11 April 2009

Dr William Lindsay Gordon, a Birmingham GP who died last year, had a fascination for English history especially the Stuart era.


Dealer in the swing as he sells 7000 golf clubs to one buyer

06 April 2009

Edinburgh-based dealers Georgian Antiques have pulled off one of their more remarkable sales – 7000 hickory-shafted golf clubs to a Chinese businessman who found them when surfing the internet.

Austria extends claim period for looted art

06 April 2009

SPECULATION is rising that many more restituted works of art may end up being offered for sale following a ruling made by Vienna’s city council.


Byzantine ivory in North London

06 April 2009

THIS carved ivory icon of a warrior saint sparked a ferocious bidding contest when it appeared at Hampstead Auctions' sale on March 26.

Traders complain as rival acquires and uses their domain name

06 April 2009

A COUPLE dealing in antique desks have issued a warning over internet addresses after discovering that a rival was using their name to divert potential customers to his own website.

Sotheby’s stick with the top-end

06 April 2009

SOTHEBY’S are to continue with their strategy of focusing on their top-end clients while reducing lot volumes below the $5000 level.


Getting the all-clear as Swinderby clamps down on entry-fee dodgers

06 April 2009

THIS van, pictured here, was clean, but dozens of others were not when security checks for entry-fee dodgers swung into action at Swinderby on March 31 and April 1.

Fabergé goes to Baden-Baden

06 April 2009

Next month a Russian businessman and collector will open the world’s first museum dedicated to the Russian Imperial jeweller Fabergé.

NAVA conference set for June 15

06 April 2009

THE National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers will hold their annual summer conference between 10am and 5pm on June 15 at Manor House Golf Club, Castle Combe in Wiltshire.


Ashley-Russell’s fake punches are published

30 March 2009

Six months after the most significant hallmarking deception case in living memory, the Assay Office has published a guide detailing many of the Peter Ashley-Russell fakes and forgeries. The document is available to download for free at

Salander faces charges over theft of $88m

30 March 2009

LAWRENCE B. Salander, the former owner of the bankrupt Manhattan art gallery Salander-O’Reilly, has been charged in a 100-count indictment with stealing $88m. He faces up to 25 years in prison.