Palate or palette?

04 February 2013

It looks too good to eat, doesn’t it? This is Sotheby’s Surrealist Tea, concocted by the Sotheby’s Cafe as a cheeky marketing gimmick (albeit a tasty one) to promote their Surrealist Art evening sale on February 5 at New Bond Street.

Cooper help the fairs scene in Harrogate get under way

29 January 2013

The merry-go-round of regional antiques fairs around the UK continues and next up is ‘The Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques & Fine Art Fair’ organised by Cooper Events from February 8-10.


Green shoots in market for dull brown?

29 January 2013

Green shoots in the market for the most iconic of all English furniture was among the more encouraging findings of the Antique Furniture Price Index in 2012.


Battle won for the playing fields of Eton

28 January 2013

In 1881, at around the time of his 18th birthday, the orphan and Eton College schoolboy John Edmund Hugh Balfour went on a major spending spree.

New buyers boost Christie’s totals

28 January 2013

Christie’s have released global sales figures of £3.92bn, a 10% annual rise. The figure, which includes buyer’s premium, represents the highest sales total in the company’s history.

Heritage post over $860m in 2012 sales

28 January 2013

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions say 2012 was their best year to date, with total sales of more than $860m.


Le Brun discovery at The Ritz

28 January 2013

An Old Master by the 17th century French painter Charles le Brun has been discovered hanging unattributed in the Hôtel Ritz in Paris.

Institute to focus on the art of business

28 January 2013

Sotheby’s Institute of Art are to partner Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles to offer a new Master’s degree in Art Business.

Antiques awards shortlist announced

28 January 2013

‘Homes & Antiques’ magazine has announced the shortlists for its 2013 Antiques Awards.

Rare draft of Betjeman poem for sale

28 January 2013

The handwritten draft of one of John Betjeman’s best-known poems, ‘The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel’, is just one of the gems in the next tranche of the Roy Davids Collection to appear at Bonhams Bond Street.


Documents highlight Chinese workers forced into slavery

25 January 2013

A group of hitherto unknown 19th century documents has come to light revealing illegal trafficking of Chinese people to Latin America where they were forced into slavery.


Olympic and War medals in Bedford

25 January 2013

Medals and other material relating to George William Hutson, a British athlete who served in the First World War, will be offered for sale at Peacocks on February 1 in Bedford.


French Revolution scene in Cheshire

25 January 2013

Frank Marshall’s two-day sale on January 29-30 in Knutsford, Cheshire, will include this painting by Laslett John Pott (1837-1898).


Dutch pictures lead Winchester sale

25 January 2013

Andrew Smith & Son’s January 29 sale in Winchester includes this winter landscape by Frederick Marinus Kruseman (1816-82).


Ohly pieces underline burgeoning interest in tribal art

25 January 2013

The name of the late London dealer Ernest Ohly, who enjoyed international renown during his lifetime, was on everyone’s mind at one of 2013’s first major provincial sales.


Lincolnshire fair cancelled due to heavy snow

24 January 2013

Heavy snow and ice at the Lincolnshire showground have led to the cancellation of the Lincolnshire Antiques & Home Show scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, January 28-29.


Rare ‘Liberty cap’ half-cent makes £185,000

24 January 2013

A rare American coin from a schoolboy’s coin collection was knocked down at auction for £185,000 at Salisbury saleroom Woolley & Wallis this week.

UK salerooms to stage first sale in China

22 January 2013

The Association of Accredited Auctioneers (Triple-A), founded in 2012 by 19 UK auctioneers to attract Chinese buyers, are to hold an auction of Western fine art and antiques in China.


Happy end to tale of Bainbridge's vase

21 January 2013

Peter Bainbridge has confirmed to Antiques Trade Gazette that the Qianlong vase at the centre of a highly publicised payment dispute since November 2010 has finally been sold.

Clarion close office in Birmingham

21 January 2013

Clarion Events, owners of the ‘Antiques For Everyone Fairs’ in Birmingham, have announced that as of February 1 they will close their Birmingham office, thereby moving the management of the triannual fairs to the head office in London.