House of Lords set for ivory trade debate

20 December 2017

A debate over the government-proposed ivory trade ban in the UK will be heard in the House of Lords this week ahead of the closure of the government consultation on the topic on December 29.

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Psychedelic music poster by Martin Sharp captures Sixties spirit at Batemans auction

20 December 2017

The psychedelic posters produced to promote the likes of Bob Dylan, Cream and Jimi Hendrix encapsulate the spirit of the Sixties – and can catch the eye at auction, such as the Batemans sale this month.

Marquis de Sade’s manuscript

French government declares the Marquis de Sade’s manuscript, 120 Days of Sodom, a national treasure

19 December 2017

The Marquis de Sade’s manuscript, 120 Days of Sodom, and André Breton’s Surrealist Manifestos have been declared national treasure by the French government and have been withdrawn from a planned auction tomorrow.


Former Bonhams vice president joins dealership Dickinson

19 December 2017

William O’Reilly has joined Dickinson in New York.


Lady McAlpine calls on trade to help locate stolen Pan statue

19 December 2017

A statue of Pan was stolen from Sir William and Lady McAlpine’s Fawley Hill home in Buckinghamshire at the weekend and the couple are calling on the trade to help locate the artwork.


Iron Age gold torcs head to Stoke museum after fundraising target reached

19 December 2017

A collection of Iron Age gold jewellery is to go on display at Stoke-on-Trent’s Potteries Museum & Art Gallery after fundraising hit the £325,000 target.

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TEFAF conservation and restoration grants go to Museu Nacional de Art Antiga and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

18 December 2017

The executive committee of The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) has awarded a total of €50,000 to the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (MNAA), Portugal, and the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, US.


Back to a bigger Buxton as antiques fair returns to octagonal home

18 December 2017

The annual Buxton Antiques Fair returns to its former home following the completion of building works at its venue.

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Bronze casts of Auguste Rodin’s ‘The Kiss’ win admirers at auctions in Germany and the US

18 December 2017

The highlight of the latest modern art sale held at Nagel in Stuttgart was a small bronze figure of Auguste Rodin’s 'Le Baiser' (The Kiss).


They said what?! The week (December 11-17) in quotes from the art and antiques world

17 December 2017

In our weekend series, Antiques Trade Gazette brings you a selection of quotes from dealers, auctioneers, collectors and others.

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The value of Liberty – sketch for Eugène Delacroix’s famous painting bid to record sum at Christie’s

16 December 2017

An oil sketch by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) for his renowned painting ‘Liberty Leading the People’ was knocked down at £2.6m at auction in London this week.

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Book on “re-established” artist Winifred Knights takes top art history prize

15 December 2017

The artist Winifred Knights (1899-1947) was once all but forgotten but a recent book about her life and work has won this year’s William MB Berger Prize for British Art History.


Cannons from a 17th century English warship return to UK for Southend museum

15 December 2017

Recovered from a US buyer, three historic cannons are returning to Southend for a new exhibition.

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Works from ex-TEFAF President’s collection head to the National Gallery

15 December 2017

Four Old Master paintings from the collection of the late president of TEFAF, Willem Baron van Dedem, have been donated to the National Gallery.


Lawrence of Arabia sandals emerge from supermarket carrier bag into Derbyshire auction

14 December 2017

A supermarket carrier bag concealed a battle-weary but still wearable pair of sandals worn by Lawrence of Arabia.

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English furniture dealer honoured for service to antiques trade

14 December 2017

West Sussex furniture dealer Richard Courtney has been awarded a distinguished service medal by the British Antiques Dealers’ Association.

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Ex-Sotheby’s auctioneer explains why he decided to become a dealer – video

14 December 2017

“There are many opportunities outside auction,” says Adrian Biddell, the former Sotheby’s head of 19th century European paintings who has recently launched his own dealership.


Banksy print record set at Forum Auctions in New York

13 December 2017

Forum Auctions’ Banksy sale in New York last night set a new record for a Banksy print. Girl with Balloon (2004) set a record when it sold for a mid-estimate $110,000 (£82,400).

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Nicholas Poussin’s Holy Family owned by Lucien Bonaparte comes back to the market at Paris auction

13 December 2017

A painting by the 17th century French master Nicholas Poussin (1594-1665) that once belonged to Lucien Bonaparte, the younger brother of Napoleon, is a highlight of an Old Master paintings auction being held by Tajan in Paris.

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Miner turned vet then art historian comes to Winchester exhibition

13 December 2017

In covering art and antiques, it is easy to overlook the role of the collector in among the people who created objects in the first place, and of course the dealers and auctioneers who sell them. But one collector, the late David Brown, is the subject of a show coming up in Winchester.