Crown Estate to sponsor Master Paintings Week

25 February 2013

The Crown Estate is to sponsor this year’s ‘Master Paintings Week’ (MPW), now in its fifth year.

Scam guides target trade yet again

25 February 2013

Scam guides have reared their head again, targeting dealers in a bid to extort large sums of money for useless advertising.


Troika: today’s in-demand pottery

25 February 2013

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the Troika Pottery in St Ives has inspired a new book and exhibition which has shone the spotlight on this collecting field.


Chiparus figure in Tyne and Wear

22 February 2013

On March 6, Boldon Auction Galleries in East Boldon, Tyne and Wear are offering for sale this 12in (30.5cm) high cold-painted, gilt-bronze and ivory figure by Demetre Chiparus.


Silver spice box in the form of a Mughal helmet

22 February 2013

A document found sealed within a compartment of this Mughal silver spice box states it was looted during the siege of Delhi in September 1857.


Beryl Cook’s Plymouth concert

22 February 2013

One of the highlights of Clevedon Salerooms’ fine art sale on February 28 in Bristol is this painting by Beryl Cook (1926-2008) depicting an audience applauding Sir James Galway during a concert in Plymouth.


Owl photograph that failed to amuse the prince

22 February 2013

This album, included in Sworders’ February 26 sale at Stansted Mountfitchet, contains correspondence relating to an incident over the shooting of an owl during a Royal visit to the Wynyard Park estate in 1896.


Putting camera collecting in the picture

22 February 2013

From the first unwieldy wet-plate models of the 19th century to the dawn of digital technology, the changing face of cameras can make for a fascinating collection.


Bidders log on and phone in from the slopes

21 February 2013

Started by Nicolette Tomkinson, head of the posters department at Christie’s South Kensington, 15 years ago, the only dedicated ski poster sale in the UK has successfully mastered a small but lucrative field.


Why facing the future is a brave thing to do

20 February 2013

PERSONAL VIEW: ATG Editor Ivan Macquisten at the LAPADA conference


Major Arts & Crafts collection at auction

19 February 2013

Works of art, tapestries, jewellery and books from the collection of Laurence William Hodson (1864-1933), an art collector and patron to William Morris and other leading artists of the Arts & Crafts Movement, are to be offered across three sales at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions.

Art trade holds strong says Richard Green

19 February 2013

Leading Bond Street picture dealer Richard Green has made a stand for traditional art dealing and bricks-and-mortar galleries amid wider concern over the future of the trade.


Louis Vuitton trunk sells for £30,000

19 February 2013

Vintage luggage made by Louis Vuitton was a fitting addition to this year’s aptly named ‘Travel in Style’ ski sale at Christie’s South Kensington.

Supreme Court to review ruling over consignors’ names being revealed

18 February 2013

New York’s highest court has decided to review a recent ruling that says salerooms in the state must reveal consignors’ names to buyers.

Trading Standards probe auction house closure

18 February 2013

In a letter to customers, Andrew Granger, the boss of now defunct saleroom The Auction Company Broadway, has spoken of his “deep regret and sorrow” at its closure.

A real case of cash in the attic

18 February 2013

It’s usually the stuff of fairy tales, but a collection of $20 gold coins and medals valued at around $1m for sale at Bonhams in Los Angeles in June is real enough.

Eric Knowles joins Dreweatts and Bloomsbury

18 February 2013

Eric Knowles has joined the team at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions as a consultant.

Sotheby’s Canada quit auctions to focus on private sales

18 February 2013

After 45 years, Sotheby’s are to cease holding auctions in Canada to focus instead on private sales and sourcing material for the international market.


Christie’s sets £6.8m new high for Peter Doig

14 February 2013

A trademark landscape by Peter Doig was among the most strongly contested lots at Christie’s latest evening sale of post-War and Contemporary art.


Renaissance dish charges to £460,000

14 February 2013

Sherborne auctioneers Charterhouse posted a new house record today when this 16.5in (42cm) maiolica istoriato charger sold for £460,000.