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.


Hausburg’s masterpiece in Sheffield

30 March 2009

SHEFFIELD’S ELR Auctions sold this exceptional Victorian inlaid ebony table cabinet as part of their quarterly antiques and fine art sale on March 27.

New docks site for Gloucester centre

30 March 2009

One of the largest and longest-established antiques centres in the UK, Gloucester Antiques Centre, will be moving to a new dockside location after planning permission has been granted for relocation nearby.


Dealers enjoy a masterful Maastricht

30 March 2009

ST James's gallery Dickinson had one of the most impressive selections of paintings at TEFAF Maastricht and, like many other dealers in Old and Modern Masters, enjoyed a good fair.

Hay case fears as government bows to EU rules on extradition

30 March 2009

THE UK government has acceded to European Union rules which would see the extradition of suspects like antiquities dealer Malcolm Hay.


Railton takes lease on Alnwick site

30 March 2009

NORTHUMBERLAND auctioneer Jim Railton has taken over the Old Narrowgate Salerooms in Alnwick on a lease from the Duke of Northumberland.

Sotheby’s to show Cohen collection

30 March 2009

A LOAN exhibition of 20 works from the collection of American billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen opens at Sotheby’s in New York this week.


Three strikes for Martin Brothers

28 March 2009

DEMAND for Martin Brothers pottery may have tapered off slightly but it still provided three of the top prices at Bonhams’ recent Ceramic Design sale.


When a major buyer turns vendor: Sevi Guatelli’s Clarice Cliff

27 March 2009

NO-ONE seemed to be in doubt about the quality of Sevi Guatelli’s Clarice Cliff collection.


Fairytale ending for Wedgwood vase as it sells for £14,400 in Cheshire

23 March 2009

When an impressive Wedgwood Fairyland lustre vase featured on the latest edition of The Antiques Roadshow, valuer Stephen Moore (of Anderson & Garland, Newcastle) wanted to suggest it could bring £10,000-15,000.

Greek court gives UK dealer three years in prison

23 March 2009

THE Greek courts have sentenced an English antiquities dealer to three years in jail after convicting him in his absence on charges linked to stolen artefacts.

Clarke Gammon Wellers merge with Ewbank

23 March 2009

Surrey auctioneers Ewbank and the Fine Art and Antiques division of Clarke Gammon Wellers are to merge.


Versace’s Zoffany portrait was ‘stolen from family in 1979’

23 March 2009

Just hours before Sotheby’s sold the contents of Gianni Versace’s Lake Como villa on March 18, they withdrew an 18th century portrait by Johann Zoffany after its subject’s family claimed that it had been stolen from their home in London 30 years ago.

J.P. Humbert bring their two salerooms under one roof

23 March 2009

J.P. Humbert Auctioneers are to combine their two salerooms and focus their business in Towcester.

Salisbury book dealers turn auctioneers

23 March 2009

BOOK dealers are turning auctioneers and fair organisers in a bid to generate new income.


Tiffany and Walters prove key links in the $350,000 chain

23 March 2009

AN impressive example of Renaissance revivalism seen at Boston-based auction house Skinner on March 17 combined blue chip-names in both provenance and maker.


Sassoon's treasure chest makes £37,000 in Edinburgh

16 March 2009

THIS iron casket with gold and silver damascening decoration provided the high point of the sale conducted by Shapes of Edinburgh on March 7, selling at £37,000.

Legal challenge to limits of auction houses’ liability

16 March 2009

AUCTIONEERS’ liability for their catalogue descriptions may soon stretch far beyond the saleroom – even to third parties not involved in bidding – if plaintiffs win a pending New York test case.


Dealer duped in fake Lowry case

16 March 2009

DAVID Smith of Neptune Fine Art, the dealer who was duped into buying a fake Lowry painting, has told ATG that potential buyers should be exceptionally careful when considering purchasing a Lowry painting.

EBay counterfeit case comes to UK

16 March 2009

COSMETICS giant L’Oréal took their multi-pronged legal tussle with online auction site eBay to the High Court in London last week.


Gandhi’s personal effects to return home at $1.8m

16 March 2009

Following days of brinkmanship between the vendor and the Indian authorities, the controversial saga of the auction of Mohandas Gandhi’s personal items reached a satisfactory conclusion when they were acquired for the Indian people by a wealthy businessman.