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.


French State snaps up Renaissance silver hoard

16 November 2009

A “ONCE-in-a-century” discovery of Renaissance silver has been bought by the French State for 1.4m euros – less than a week before it was due to go on sale at Sotheby’s in Paris.

Four key names sign up for Haughtons' London fair

16 November 2009

LONDON-based organisers Brian and Anna Haughton are first off the mark in announcing top names who have signed up for one of the numerous events vying for exhibitors in June 2010.


Sale of Attenborough collection reaches for the sky

16 November 2009

SOTHEBY’S staged a white-glove sale in London last week as 50 works from the collection of Lord and Lady Attenborough all found buyers.


Warhol’s dollars make $39m in New York

16 November 2009

THE latest series of contemporary art auctions in New York provided some further evidence of confidence returning at the top end of the market.

Finarte announce black-out over auction results

09 November 2009

ITALIAN auctioneers Finarte have announced that they will no longer make their auction results public because of complaints from both consignors and buyers.


New York modern art series brings some relief

09 November 2009

HAS the top end of the art market bounced back? This was the opinion ventured by some commentators after the flagship sales of Impressionist and Modern art in New York last week.

Book dealers the focus of business rates debate

09 November 2009

CECIL Court, the pedestrian thoroughfare in the West End of London that is home to around 20 antiquarian book dealers, has become the focus of a wider political debate on business rates.

Sotheby’s see fall in revenue in skewed third quarter results

09 November 2009

DAMIEN Hirst and juggled dates have severely skewed Sotheby’s third quarter results for 2009, contributing to a fall in revenue of 41 per cent year-on-year to $44.9m.

Reduced prices for stalls at Bermondsey

09 November 2009

IN a bid to boost pre-Christmas trade at Friday's Bermondsey Antiques Market, Southwark Council have waived the usual stand charge of £30 and only the £10 stall rental charge for a 9 x 3ft stall will apply. This offer applies for November 20 only.


International bidding helps Pheasants fly away for £170,000

09 November 2009

JUST as Asian Art in London got underway, a surprise regional highlight emerged in Devon. A pair of 18th century Chinese Export pheasants were consigned for sale at Plymouth Auction Rooms by a local vendor, whose family had owned the birds for at least three generations.

Court declares Ritchies bankrupt

09 November 2009

THE troubled Toronto-based auctioneers Ritchies have finally closed after they were declared bankrupt by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Shelley steps down as president of ABA

09 November 2009

ALAN Shelley has decided that he can no longer continue as Antiquarian Booksellers Association president owing to illness.


Landmark Renaissance medals set for sale in December

09 November 2009

ON December 9, Morton and Eden are to offer what is possibly the most important collection of Renaissance medals to come onto the market in decades.

Rethink over glass museum

09 November 2009

DUDLEY Council are to scrap plans to close the Broadfield House Glass Museum and relocate the renowned glass collections to the nearby Cone site.

Online auctioneer of the year shortlist

09 November 2009

EIGHT UK salerooms have been short-listed for the ATG Online Auctioneer of the Year award.


Taboo cricket scenes prove rather desirable

07 November 2009

Politically correct it is not, but the ‘Negro Cricketer’ pattern, produced for just one year in 1907, certainly ranks among the rarest and most desirable of Royal Doulton series wares.


A comprehensive history of Welsh bardic chairs

07 November 2009

FOLLOWING on from his magnum opus on the Welsh dresser, Carmarthenshire dealer Richard Bebb has turned his attention to the history of another quintessentially Welsh form, the ceremonial bardic chairs traditionally awarded to the winning poets at an Eisteddfod.


A little beauty skips to £24,000 in Gloucestershire

02 November 2009

ESTIMATED at £800-1200, this Victorian silver ewer modelled as a kangaroo sold for £24,000 at Chorley's of Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire on October 22 to a London dealer on the telephone who saw off competition from Australia and France.

Dealer defeats Royal Mail over compensation policy

02 November 2009

ROYAL Mail have lost another court case over their promise to cover losses under their special delivery services, and face further legal action. Yet they will still not change the terms and conditions that landed them in court.


Yongzheng mark and period in Guernsey

02 November 2009

GUERNSEY auctioneers Martel Maides look set to become the latest UK regional firm to benefit from the rise and rise of Chinese mark and period porcelain after three Yongzheng period (1723-1735) famille rose bowls were consigned by a Channel Islands family who have owned them for at least 80 years.