Forbes tests the Victorian market again…

10 October 2011

IN what promises to be the biggest test of the overall health of the Victorian picture market for some years, Lyon & Turnbull will sell the entire contents of Old Battersea House, the London home of the Forbes family, in Edinburgh on November 1.


NAVA announce winner of auctioneer of the year

10 October 2011

PICTURED here, Abigail Selwood, winner of the 2011 NAVA Auctioneer of the Year Competition is presented with the rosebowl by the association chairman Guy Charrison.


£5m country house raiding spree exposed

10 October 2011

FOURTEEN antiques of ‘significant, cultural and historic value’ have been recovered and two men arrested in connection with three high-profile country house thefts in 2009.


Early and stylish Doulton in demand

08 October 2011

As ever, there was a large amount of Doulton Lambeth on offer at Bonhams’ latest Ceramics Design sale.


Martinware – more than just chasing birds

08 October 2011

THE famous caricature birds crown the top of the tree for Martinware collectors. This is still a strong market where, feels Bonhams’ specialist Mark Oliver, a really top-calibre model could command £40,000 if it came on the market.


Power’s round-about route to £26,000

08 October 2011

Modern British art played its part in the recent London print sales when ‘The Merry-Go-Round’ by Cyril Power (1872-1951) drew strong bidding at Sotheby’s on September 27 and ‘Adonis in Y fronts’, a 1963 screenprint by Richard Hamilton (1922-2011), led the day at Christie’s South Kensington on September 20.


Yeats lifts Irish market with €1m bid

03 October 2011

Becoming the most expensive painting ever sold in Ireland, A Fair Day, Mayo by Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957) was knocked down at €1m (£917,430) at Adam's lastest sale in Dublin.


Honiton Festival a first for National Antiques Week

03 October 2011

HONITON in Devon is the first town to announce a major festival to mark National Antiques Week.


Figaro venture now brings the-saleroom to France

03 October 2011

This week sees the launch of Figaro Enchères, a joint venture between ATG Media and French national newspaper Le Figaro.


New evidence strengthens Leonardo claim for portrait

03 October 2011

STITCH holes in a volume held by a Polish museum have added a new layer of evidence in establishing a disputed drawing as an important work by Leonardo da Vinci.


A winning formula on the fields of Cowdray

01 October 2011

THE thwack of the polo mallet was replaced by the repeated thud of the gavel earlier this month at the Cowdray estate in West Sussex, celebrated as one of the great British polo venues and the seat of the Viscount Cowdray.


50th anniversary sale a landmark for Lowestoft

27 September 2011

Lowestoft porcelain specialist and Suffolk auctioneer Russell Sprake is marking 50 years in the auction business this month with perhaps his finest ever sale.


£60,000 raised for trade's future

27 September 2011

ON a sparkling evening at Sotheby’s in Bond Street last Thursday, Henry Wyndham presided over a charity auction in aid of the Company of Arts Scholars, Dealers and Collectors’ charity fund, raising over £60,000 to support the education of young people seeking careers in all areas of the decorative arts from dealing and auctioneering to museums and galleries.


Promoting the industry’s best businesses

27 September 2011

BRITAIN'S dealers and auctioneers are being encouraged to promote themselves as never before in the search for the country's best antiques businesses.

New saleroom in Pennsylvania

27 September 2011

CORDIER Antiques & Auctions of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania have announced the opening of their new auction house at 1500 Paxton Street in the city of Harrisburg.


Guernsey bell rings at £7200

27 September 2011

AUCTIONEERS Martel Maides of St Peter Port in Guernsey were amazed to encounter this Channel Islands silver table bell in a recent over-the-counter valuation.


NY series shows Chinese art continuing to dominate

27 September 2011

The major houses’ latest New York Asian series highlighted the dominance of the Chinese art market.


Decoding the oldest trick in the book

27 September 2011

THE largest 'Conjuring' sale seen in London for some time, at Bloomsbury Auctions on September 8, had at its core the 460-lot collection of the late Bob Read, a 'Close-Up Entertainer' and lecturer in the UK and USA who was a tireless researcher into the history of magic and conjuring.

Aguttes to oversee Drouot operations

27 September 2011

CLAUDE Aguttes, the dynamic auctioneer with salerooms at Neuilly and Lyons, has been named president of a new conseil de surveillance or supervisory board to oversee the running of the Hôtel Drouot.

Two new departments for Bonhams in Scotland

20 September 2011

BONHAMS Scotland is to establish two new departments at its Edinburgh headquarters in Queen Street.