Prince Charles, antiques and the Ideal Home…

11 April 2011

PRINCE Charles's interest in all things green has been boosting the antiques industry at the Ideal Home Show.


Stolen jewellery – £5000 reward

11 April 2011

A £5000 reward has been offered for the return of the stock of Somerset jewellers Joseph Leonard, which was stolen in a raid on March 28.

Clarion set early bookings deadline for Olympia

04 April 2011

IN a forthright announcement, organisers Clarion Events have stated that they are setting an absolute deadline of April 20 for applications to exhibit at this year's Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair.


Gourdon collection brings over £30m in Paris bonanza

04 April 2011

THE mammoth, 875-lot, three-day sale from the collections of the Château de Gourdon staged by Christie's in Paris closed last week closed having raised a hammer total of €35.1m (£31.9m).

William McAdam Humble memorial service

04 April 2011

WE regret to announce the death of BADA member William McAdam Humble (known as "Mac") on March 17, following a brave fight against leukaemia.

Only one for Denis Thatcher… antiques fairs that is

04 April 2011

AMONG the 30,000 papers released by the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust earlier this month – and now available to the public at the Churchill Archive Centre – is a brief note on antiques fairs.


Detective work pays off as Burges windows head home

04 April 2011

TWO William Burges windows that surfaced at auction in Salisbury last year have been sold back to the house for which they were originally made.

Mallett reduce losses in 2010

04 April 2011

TOP-END furniture dealers Mallett made a £1.3m loss last year, a 30 per cent improvement on 2009.


Country house raider ‘cased joint’ on National Trust pass

04 April 2011

A MAN who stole antiques worth more than £1.2m from country houses across the country has been jailed for nine years.

Beijing auction house opens office in US

04 April 2011

CHINA’s fourth largest auction house, the Beijing Council International Auction Company, have opened an office in the US with the aim of sourcing material to sell in mainland China.


Air Force medal group for peace-time bravery

04 April 2011

ONE of the rarer acts of peace-time bravery saw the crew of the airship R33 awarded the Air Force Medal.They included George Ernest Long, whose medals and associated ephemera came up for auction at Lockdales of Ipswich on March 27.

‘Bomb’ left on counter clears Rosebery’s

04 April 2011

SOUTH London saleroom Rosebery’s of West Norwood had to be evacuated on Wednesday, March 23 after a client left a Second World War bomb brought in for valuation at the front desk.


Don’t forget to look in the garage

02 April 2011

ON visiting a bungalow just south of Knutsford for a probate valuation, Patrick Cheyne had been dismayed to find nothing of any value in the home itself – but rather better things emerged when he was shown the garage.


Fishing for the ‘right’ Martinware

02 April 2011

THE 16-lot section devoted to Martin Brothers art pottery at Bonhams' latest Ceramic Design sale provided a number of the notable results.


Doulton fashions put to the test

02 April 2011

Doulton wares have been produced for getting on for 150 years and cover a huge range of different products, not all of them fashionable.

Concern grows over scrapping of cheque guarantee

28 March 2011

THERE is growing concern in the art and antiques trade about the termination of the cheque guarantee system this summer.


Mexico sparks new tribal art row in Paris

28 March 2011

A ROW has erupted after another attempt by South American interests to intervene in a tribal art sale in Paris.


Time capsule from James I

28 March 2011

THE highlight of the two-day sale conducted by Rosebery's of West Norwood, London on March 15-16 was this unsigned lantern clock, left, consigned 'in the rough' by a private vendor.


The view of Haarlem from TEFAF Maastricht

28 March 2011

DESPITE the ever-increasing international attendance and breadth of disciplines at the fair, Dutch Old Masters still remain at the very core of TEFAF Maastricht.


Records for top South African works, with a more selective approach for the rest

28 March 2011

THE large sums of money currently paid for the very top works by leading South African artists was seen once again at Bonhams’ latest sale in this category.