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.


Prices hold up as collectors chase glass rarities

17 January 2009

For some years now it has been traditional to hold a major auction of antique glass in the immediate run-up to the festive season.


Regional rooms cautiously optimistic about the year ahead

13 January 2009

Overall sales figures for art and antiques salerooms outside London were largely down for 2008 – but most ended a difficult year with better than expected results. For a table of the provincial salerooms' totals click here.

Mallett to quit Bond Street over rent hike

13 January 2009

Top London antique furniture and works of art dealers Mallett are to leave their landmark Bond Street shop and find new premises in the Mayfair area. One of the few antiques and art dealers quoted on the London Stock Exchange, Mallett told shareholders the proposed move was a result of a massive rent hike and the changing character of the street.


Bus crashes into London gallery

13 January 2009

Ten people were injured when a double-decker bus, swerving to avoid a van, crashed into the front of the Lacy Gallery on Westbourne Grove, London.


Roger Warner collection comes up at auction

13 January 2009

The death last year aged 98 of Roger Warner brought to a close the long career of one of the last old school eclectic but knowledgeable country dealers.

Norman Adams prepare to shut up shop for good

13 January 2009

NORMAN Adams Ltd., leading specialists in classic English period furniture for more than eight decades, are shutting their Knightsbridge showrooms and putting their current stock into a sale at Sotheby’s.

Ex-employee charged with stealing from Skinner

13 January 2009

A former long-term employee of New England auctioneers Skinner has been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly stealing over $724,000 worth of cash and auctioned property.

Government to exclude artists’ heirs from resale right until 2012

05 January 2009

The British Government have notified the European Commission that they will not apply the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) to the heirs of dead artists until 2012.


Plymouth trio makes return after 96 years

05 January 2009

A rare set of three graduated Plymouth baluster-shaped hard paste porcelain mugs, c.1768-70, were offered at Mellors & Kirk of Nottingham last month.


Pickleherring discovery at £45,000

05 January 2009

The evocatively named Pickleherring factory is one of the earliest known locations where English delftware was produced.

Church St dealer buys Decorative Fair

05 January 2009

FOUNDERS and organisers Patricia and Ralph Harvey have sold their long-running Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair to one of their regular exhibitors.

Mall future undecided until well into 2009

05 January 2009

THE future of The Mall antiques centre in Camden Passage looks set to hang in the balance until well into 2009 following the public inquiry into the landlord’s proposals to redevelop the Grade II listed building.


What Crisis? asks watercolour fair

05 January 2009

STAYING topical but putting a comic slant on events, an exhibition of original artwork for cartoons relating to financial and political crises will be a feature of The Watercolour & Drawings Fair next February.

Cézanne theft lawyer jailed for seven years

05 January 2009

A retired Massachusetts lawyer found guilty of involvement in a major art theft that extends back three decades has been sentenced to seven years in a Federal prison.

Golding Young acquire Eley’s

05 January 2009

Golding Young have acquired fellow Lincolnshire auctioneers Eleys.

Sterling high for gold

05 January 2009

THE year came to an end with gold prices reaching an all-time high in Britain.