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.


Turner the toast of Old Master sales in New York

06 February 2009

IT doesn’t happen very often that either Sotheby’s or Christie’s can claim a major sales victory over their rivals, but at the latest Old Masters series in New York one side came out the clear winners.

Insurance expert sounds alert over consignment premiums

06 February 2009

A LEADING fine art insurer has alerted UK auctioneers that they may be breaking the law in the way they provide insurance cover for items consigned for auction.


An honest payday from Reg and Ron

06 February 2009

MEMENTOS of the notorious Kray Twins amassed while they served life sentences in Parkhurst and Broadmoor were offered in some 160 lots at Chiswick Auctions on the evening of January 26.

Traders face eviction as US store plans to take over Antiquarius

26 January 2009

DEALERS at Antiquarius say they are “devastated” after learning that they could be evicted within the next few months. It emerged last week that the landlords of the West London antiques centre have signed an agreement which will see the premises on the King’s Road, Chelsea become an American fashion chain store as early as this summer.


Warner collection excels at CSK

26 January 2009

Fittingly for a man whose career started in the 1930s, last week's sale of the Roger Warner collection at Christie's South Kensington was just like old times.

Furniture prices static while other markets fall

26 January 2009

Inertia again characterised the Antiques Collectors' Club's annual Antique Furniture Index (AFI) in 2008. But in a year when so many economic investments ended up performing poorly, a negligible fall of one per cent was far from devastating.

Auctioneers’ conference set for April

26 January 2009

A major new conference for antiques and fine art auctioneers will take place at the Hilton Hotel, Birmingham, NEC on Friday, April 24.


New Troika fakes emerge on eBay

26 January 2009

Readers are being urged to be aware of a new batch of counterfeit Troika wares that are being offered for sale on eBay.


Siege notes in mint condition sold in Bury St Edmunds

26 January 2009

Today Robert Baden-Powell is best known as the founder of the Boy Scout movement in 1908, but in the Edwardian era his name was synonymous with the Boer War, and specifically the 217 wretched days from October 1899 to May 1900.

VAT boost for Paris jewellery

26 January 2009

THE appeal of Paris as an auction centre for jewellery received a boost at the start of the year, when France slashed import VAT on “rare” or “high value” jewellery from 19.6 per cent to 5.5 per cent.

Newark offers cut-price stands

26 January 2009

CUT-price outside stands are available for the forthcoming Newark International Antiques and Collectors' Fair.


Miniature bottle found on the banks of the Thames sells at £3300

19 January 2009

Among the highlights at the most recent sale conducted by advertising and bottle specialists BBR was this miniature shaft and globe bottle in dark olive green glass vessel probably used for pharmaceutical purposes c.1660-70.

Is it goodbye to the guarantee?

19 January 2009

SOTHEBY’S and Christie’s have all but abandoned guarantees for lots at auction. When asked their policy for the coming year, the salerooms said that they were almost entirely eliminating the practice, although they did not rule out using it completely.

LAPADA to launch Modern arm to association

19 January 2009

LAPADA, the UK’s largest antiques trade association, are to launch a new division called LAPADA Modern in March.

Irish Government decides to extend Resale Right derogation

19 January 2009

The Irish Government have decided to go the same way as the UK in not applying the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) to the heirs of dead artists until 2012. The extension means that ARR will continue to apply to works by living artists only.


Elephant lobby target Portobello Road

19 January 2009

A CHALK drawing of an ‘elephant graveyard’ appeared earlier this month at the entrance to the Portobello Road Market. The three-dimensional pavement art depicting an elephant carcass was the work of representatives for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), who in recent years have singled out the weekly antiques market in its campaign to curb the illegal trade in modern elephant ivory.

Sotheby’s take the lead in Paris

19 January 2009

SALES in 2008 in Paris saw Sotheby’s and Christie’s occupy the top two spots for the first time – and open up a significant gap on the rest of the field.

Ruling saves video art from import VAT hike

19 January 2009

VIDEO art and other installations now legally count as sculpture for import purposes after a court ruling in a dispute over VAT.

Lawrences to sell Dodge & Son’s antiques

19 January 2009

Lawrences of Crewkerne are to sell items of stock from former antiques dealers Dodge and Son Limited of Sherborne. The instructions come from the dealership’s administrators, Bishop Fleming.

2009 essay contest launch

19 January 2009

ENTRIES are now being sought for the 2009 Christopher Weston Bursary essay competition.