“No other field offers access to greatness for less money.”
Christie’s international print specialist Tim Schmelcher discusses Old Master prints.
“It’s a cliché, but pretty girls will always sell better than grumpy old men.”
Auctioneer Charles Miller on the market for ship figureheads.
“I wouldn’t take something over £40,000 – not because people couldn’t afford it but because that’s not what they’re looking for. They’re decorating their homes.”
Archie Parker of The Parker Gallery on selling pictures at the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair.
“While it may be a nice excuse to collect a good book, it doesn’t make that book any better.”
Tom Ayling of Jonkers Rare Books discusses the merits of literary anniversaries as a sales tool.
“Global participation and deep bidding on top lots – from both traditional and new buyers – established eight new world auction records and signals the strength of the Old Masters market.”
Francois de Poortere of Christie’s New York on the recent Old Masters sale which saw a world record result for Govaert Flinck and had a sale total of $32.7 (£25.4).
“The dealers are always looking for a bargain. There are around 30-40 of them who are regularly on Instagram making quick decisions.”
Sherbone dealer Patrick Macintosh on the rise of Instagram in the trade.
"The Government's decision is a victory for common sense, a victory for the determined and focused campaign and most importantly a victory for all small businesses, especially the fine art and antique sector.”
BADA CEO Marco Forgione on the the decision to delay and possibly shelve a requirement for businesses to file quarterly tax returns.