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.

Dutch sting operation recovers Noortman paintings

16 March 2009

DUTCH police have recovered eight paintings stolen from Robert Noortman’s gallery in Maastricht in 1987. The works, which included valuable works by Renoir and Pissarro, were traced to two small towns in the south of Holland after an alleged middleman in Dubai made an attempt to sell the paintings back to the insurers for a reported €5m (£4.5m).


Quiet confidence for Maastricht opening night

16 March 2009

The opening night of TEFAF Maastricht (March 13-22) was as impressive as ever: if anything the quality was better than at recent stagings, there was no sign that people were staying away, while exhibitors in the traditional sectors were quietly optimistic that business could be done.

D’Offay’s Artist Rooms on tour

16 March 2009

Details have been released of the first UK tour of Artist Rooms, the collection of 725 post-War and contemporary works acquired by the nation from dealer Anthony d'Offay for £28m, a fraction of its market value.

Police probe £40,000 Derby gems theft

16 March 2009

DERBYSHIRE police are investigating a theft of diamond jewellery from a dealer’s hotel room after he returned from exhibiting at Dragon Fairs’ two-day Derby University fair.


French Auction Weekend 2009

16 March 2009

THE French auctioneers' association SYMEV have launched their annual weekend Follement Marteau to promote buying at auction on March 28-29.


Christie’s face Chinese threats as buyer refuses to pay

09 March 2009

In a final bid to block the sale of two €28m (£25.4m) imperial bronzes, a Chinese collector revealed himself as the winning bidder and said he had no intention of paying for them.


Readying their stand for TEFAF Maastricht

09 March 2009

THIS year's 22nd staging of TEFAF Maastricht, which starts on March 12 with a day-long vernissage, will be scrutinised more than any other for signs of how the international art market is coping with global recession.


Government Inspector puts an end to The Mall

09 March 2009

ANY remaining hope that The Mall in Camden Passage might remain as an antiques centre has vanished after a government inspectorate ruled in favour of the landlord’s redevelopment proposals.


Police issue alert over thefts from churches

09 March 2009

POLICE are urging churches to review their security measures after 20 pieces of valuable silver were stolen in raids on three churches in Warwickshire villages in under a week.


The top single-owner sale ever at €373.9m

02 March 2009

As befitting a sale with world-famous brand associations, Christie’s dispersal of the Yves Saint Laurent–Pierre Bergé collection in Paris was more like a rock concert or fashion show than an auction.


Sotheby’s see 87% fall in annual profits

02 March 2009

SOTHEBY’S latest figures showed just how deeply they were hit by the art market slump since October, with revenues for their final quarter sales cut by more than half to $166.2m. Profits for the year are down 87 per cent.

Sue Ede’s empire expands to take in Buxton fair

02 March 2009

COOPER Fairs have bought The Buxton Antiques Fair, at one time among the most prestigious of provincial fixtures.


TEFAF study values global art market at £40bn

23 February 2009

THE global art market grew by 11 per cent to £40.1bn over the last year, according to the survey just published by The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF). The report, prepared by leading art economist Dr Clare McAndrew, is the latest in a series of major studies commissioned by TEFAF that act as a focus for the launch of their annual Maastricht fair – the world’s top such event.

Dealers launch landmark week for Old Masters

23 February 2009

TWENTY of London's top art dealers have joined forces with the auction houses to launch Master Paintings Week in London this summer.


William IV version of the easy lounger

23 February 2009

Among the highlights of the sale conducted by Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet on February 17 was this William IV patent mahogany library armchair, with carved acanthus leaf sides, turned lobed front legs and outswept back supports.


Waterway records take £6600 in Shrewsbury

23 February 2009

JAMES BRINDLEY lies amongst these Rocks,He made Canals, Bridges, and Locks...

Leonard Joel launch bushfire appeal in Melbourne

23 February 2009

Leonard Joel auctioneers of Melbourne, Australia, are appealing to vendors to consign art, antiques and jewellery to auction and donate the proceeds to the Victorian Disaster Appeal to help victims of the Victorian bushfires.

Dreweatts end Nottingham sales

16 February 2009

Following a review of their premises, Dreweatts, the UK’s largest regional auctioneer, are to close their Nottingham saleroom.


Peter Francis look to spring opening in Carmarthen

16 February 2009

SOUTH Wales auctioneers Peter Francis anticipate moving to their new Carmarthen saleroom in the spring.