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.

Price of scrap silver rises sharply

07 September 2009

THE price of silver rose sharply over the course of last week, up almost £1 to £7.75 per ounce by Friday.


Historic Elizabethen silver dishes to sell in Crewkerne

07 September 2009

According to legend, during the English Civil War, a Royalist descendant of Sir Christopher Harris (c.1553-1625) of Radford, Devon, hid the family silver in a cave before fleeing, fearing for his life.

Greatest flea market find… again

07 September 2009

It was, wrote Chicago Now, website of the Chicago Tribune, 'The greatest flea market find'.

Beijing first for the-saleroom

07 September 2009

ATG's launches the first live internet bidding sale in Beijing this Friday. The Seasonal Sale at Huachen Auctions offered an online catalogue in both English and Chinese via the-saleroom's online platform.

Newark dates stoke fair rivalry

01 September 2009

INTERNATIONAL Antiques and Collectors’ Fairs (IACF) will attempt to put clear air between next year’s events held at the Newark and Nottingham Showground and those organised by Arthur Swallow Fairs at the Lincolnshire Showground.


A £38,000 taxi fare in Yorkshire

01 September 2009

THIS German clockwork tinplate limousine made a surprise £38,000 at Tennants of Leyburn at their latest toy sale.

Atlantique City show is axed

01 September 2009

ATLANTIQUE City, for many years one of North America’s key antiques and collectables fairs, has been axed.

Christie’s offer new storage facility in NY

01 September 2009

IN January next year, Christie’s are planning to open a high-tech storage facility in New York.


Rotherham’s stormy lovers sell for £26,000

01 September 2009

THIS rare Meissen figure group modelled by J.J. Kandler, titled The Stormy Lovers sold for £26,000 at Paul Beighton's latest sale.


Thieves hit Shropshire centre

01 September 2009

POLICE are on the look out for two people following the theft of a pair of 19th century Coalport vases from an antiques centre in Shropshire.

Eighty exhibitors for art book fair

01 September 2009

FROM September 25 to 27 The London Art Book Fair will be launched at the newly expanded Whitechapel Art Gallery in Whitechapel High Street London E1.


Fake repeating clocks emerge on eBay

01 September 2009

A NEW crop of fake carriage clocks, believed to be made in China, has appeared on eBay.

Witt and Conway will stay open

01 September 2009

LONDON’S Courtauld Institute of Art have stated that their Witt and Conway Libraries will continue to remain open to the public five days a week and their Photographic Survey collections will remain accessible by appointment.

Charity football match

01 September 2009

The annual Auctioneers vs. Dealers charity football match sponsored by ATG will be taking place on Friday, September 4 in Roehampton.


A true icon in Sussex at £23,000

24 August 2009

THIS Russian icon depicting St George slaying the dragon generated a lively competition when offered on the third day of Bellmans' sale in Wisborough Green, West Sussex.

Mallett to remain on Bond Street

24 August 2009

Mallett have put on hold plans to leave Bond Street. In the wake of a massive rent rise last year, the London dealers announced their intended departure from the luxury goods thoroughfare, but they have been unable to pass on the lease of the building.

Vendors fear as Toronto auctioneers close doors

24 August 2009

Speculation of financial turmoil at Ritchies continues after the established Toronto auctioneers closed their doors for a fortnight, laying off their entire staff.


Bloomsbury archive surfaces in Lewes

24 August 2009

A SUBSTANTIAL, and previously unpublished, collection of letters written by various members of the Bloomsbury Group to Helen Anrep (1885-1965) is to be sold by the East Sussex auctioneers Gorringes in Lewes on September 3, along with a collection of artworks by members of the group consigned from the same estate.

BBC offer help in saving shops

24 August 2009

BBC Homes & Antiques magazine is launching a Save Our Antiques Shops campaign in its November issue, promoting the advantages of shopping for antiques and supporting businesses which add to the character of Britain's high streets.

Future of furniture at the V&A

24 August 2009

Furniture Futures is the first in a new series of biennial design symposia at the Victoria & Albert Museum.