Masterpiece pick new CEO for modern focus

21 January 2013

‘Masterpiece London’ has appointed Nazy Vassegh as chief executive with immediate effect. This is a newly created position at the fair and, according to a statement released last week, Nazy’s role will be to build and develop the fair’s brand both nationally and internationally.

Two become one to form London Art Week

21 January 2013

For the first time this year, ‘Master Paintings Week’ and ‘Master Drawings London’ will combine together under the new umbrella title of ‘London Art Week’ from June 28 to July 5.


Portrait picks up £62,000 bid

21 January 2013

Nestled among a 173-lot ‘time capsule’ collection from a Staffordshire estate offered at Hanson’s on January 12, the Old Master picture shown here proved to be the star performer of the sale by some considerable margin.


Private sales prove a rising feature of French results

21 January 2013

After a tough economic year, several French auction firms have now released their sales figures for 2012.


Young Guns and Old Rifles

21 January 2013

Since the announcement that the Young Guns of the antiques trade will be the focus of this year’s ‘National Antiques Week’ from April 20-28, many of the over 40s in the trade have been asking where this leaves them.

Police appeal after Hertfordshire break-in

21 January 2013

Police are appealing to antique collectors and dealers to contact them if they have come into contact with some valuable pieces which were stolen during a burglary in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

Antiques centre theft at Burford

21 January 2013

Antiques traders in the Oxfordshire area are being urged to be on their guard after a theft at Burford Antiques Centre.


Bidders set to go head-to-head

18 January 2013

This 19th century ceramic plaque painted with two duellists in sepia forms part of the collection of the late Bernard Popland, a former championship fencer.


Märklin battleship resurfaces in Newbury

18 January 2013

Consigned to Special Auction Services on the back of the £76,000 Märklin ‘first series’ tinplate toy HMS Terrible they sold from the Ron McCrindell collection in April 2012, this Märklin tinplate battleship Sachsen will be offered in Greenham, near Newbury, on January 31.


Stylish Finnish chair in decorative sale

18 January 2013

Created by the 20th century Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto, this Paimio seat, with a model no. of 41, is to be included in Sworders’ Decorative Art Sale on January 29 in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex.


Fab four Subbuteo set in Sheffield

18 January 2013

These figures representing The Beatles were manufactured by Subbuteo, the name made famous by the series of table-top games mainly concerning football but also other types of sport.


The added value of celebrity

18 January 2013

The names Cartier and Paul Hubner of Augsburg guaranteed the quality of a lapel watch and parcel gilt cup, but their values were enhanced by the names of early 20th century celebrities when they were offered at a recent sale held by Sworders at Stansted Mountfitchet.


Moorcroft Boy – another bid for victory

18 January 2013

The fact that businessman Ken Manley chose to name his Scottish Grand National winning racehorse Moorcroft Boy provides a clue as to his favourite potter.


Buffs tune in to Marconi’s answer to a radio rival’s jibe

18 January 2013

When in 1903 the Marconi Wireless Company began a public demonstration of its systems, an unwelcome message began to appear via the Morse printer: “There was a young man from Italy, who diddled the public so prettily…”

Auction totals holding up as regional leaders are closely matched

15 January 2013

In what were far from easy trading conditions, the UK’s top tier of regional salerooms enjoyed a largely positive 2012.


Chinese screen banishes New Year blues

14 January 2013

Getting the New Year off to a good start at Addisons of Barnard Castle, County Durham, a 20th century blue and white porcelain table screen by the renowned Chinese ceramic artist Wang Bu (1898-1968) improved upon an estimate of just £130-150 to sell for £34,300.


Young guns who fire the imagination

14 January 2013

Young people making their way in the art and antiques business will be the main focus of this year’s ‘National Antiques Week’ (April 20-28).


Staffordshire Hoard – original finder and landowner to share second windfall

14 January 2013

A fresh discovery of artefacts in a Staffordshire field where the famous 2009 hoard was found has been declared treasure and part of the hoard.

Signature-faker Formhals sentenced to ten months in jail

14 January 2013

A 66-year-old man who faked the signatures of Winston Churchill and other famous writers was sentenced to ten months in jail at Southampton Crown Court on December 21.

Mobile apps for wealth management

14 January 2013

A new valuation and wealth management service based in London has launched a mobile app to help customers manage their collections.