Ditch the RICS? – the time may have come, says former faculty chairman

03 May 2011

THE art and antiques industry may be better off ditching the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, says former faculty chairman Nic Somers.

ABA name new leaders

03 May 2011

THE Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) has held its first ever contested election for the posts of president and vice president in its 105-year history.

Echoes of Bunker Hunt

03 May 2011

THE events of recent weeks have echoes of the infamous Bunker Hunt era that saw scrap silver prices spike during an era of high oil prices and revolution in Iran.


Tinworth’s mice run wild in Yorkshire

30 April 2011

Tennants sale in Leyburn on March 24-26 enjoyed a substantial contribution from George Tinworth (1843-1913) and his wonderful anthropomorphic mice.


Paris proves heaven scent as Lalique has lot of bottle

30 April 2011

BACK in the 1980s, on the back of the Lalique boom, there used to be fairly regular offerings of scent bottles at auction in London.

Planning victory for dealers at Portobello Road

26 April 2011

DEALERS at Portobello Road were celebrating a dramatic victory last week after the council rejected a planning application which campaigners said would have been “devastating” for the antiques market.

Silver gives the sweet smell of success…

26 April 2011

THE highest bullion prices for a generation are helping the cause of much general silver at auction, but the real strength of the market is for the better-quality smallwork where weight counts for nought.

Selling antiques from tearoom could lead to prosecution

26 April 2011

THE owner of a tearoom in Horncastle, Lincolnshire claims he is a victim of bureaucracy after he was told he could face prosecution for selling antiques from the premises.


Christie’s broker sale of Ottoman tankard to V&A

26 April 2011

IN a private sale negotiated by Christie’s, the Victoria and Albert Museum has acquired this remarkable 16th century tankard made for the Ottoman court.

Art acquisitions charity to increase funds by 50 per cent

26 April 2011

WITH the arts budget severely squeezed in the government spending review, the announcement that The Art Fund will be dramatically expanding their funding programme provided some welcome news for Britain’s museums and public galleries.

NAVA conference agenda

26 April 2011

THE National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA) are holding their annual forum for chattels auctioneers and valuers – or anyone with an interest in the industry – at The Belfry, West Midlands just off the M42 on May 9.

Stand-off at RICS as board decides to stand down

18 April 2011

The board appointed to represent the interests of arts and antiques members at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors found itself out in the cold last week following a prolonged dispute with the executive body of the organisation.


Rare survival of Carolean silver takes £74,000

18 April 2011

THEY may look plain and simple, but this pair of silver wall-hanging candle scones had private and trade bidders clamouring to buy when they came up for sale last week at Colchester auction rooms Reeman Dansie.

Hallmarking may be axed in bid to cut red tape

18 April 2011

HALLMARKS on new items made of precious metal may be scrapped under a Government bid to reduce red tape.

Inheritance tax break may damage lifetime giving, says specialist law firm

18 April 2011

BUDGET proposals to encourage art giving by discounting inheritance tax could actually damage wider philanthropy says a specialist law firm.

Editorial comment – RICS stand-down

18 April 2011

Given the disparity between the global ambitions of the RICS as an international regulatory body and the specific requirements of a small group of professional art and antique auctioneers and valuers within its membership, perhaps the present stalemate should come as no surprise.

French firms act over rogue Chinese bidding

11 April 2011

FRENCH auction houses have toughened their stance on Chinese bidders after a series of well-publicised problems with non-payment.


New record for Islamic art in bumper week of sales

11 April 2011

ISLAMIC art dominated the London sales agenda last week with the first of the two bi-annual series of auctions devoted to this field in the capital.


Gold dinar sets new high at £3.1m

11 April 2011

THE London Islamic sales week got of to a ‘magic carpet’ start when Morton and Eden held an 81-lot sale devoted to the rarest Islamic coins.

Asian Art in London opens its doors to overseas dealers

11 April 2011

THE organisers of Asian Art in London have announced that this year, for the first time, they will allow dealers from outside the UK to take part.