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“I’m here to scare you.”

Dan Sloshberg of Mimecast as he spoke to dealers at the LAPADA Conference on the dangers of cybercrime.

“It was a smaller fair in the days when I started exhibiting there 20 years ago. Now it’s much too large and too diffuse as a result.”

Patrick Matthiesen of Matthiesen Gallery as he returns to TEFAF Maastricht.

“It should be a dynamic, expansive, inspiring and momentum-building experience, with the RA’s festival providing a platform for young artists in particular and encouraging the involvement of the public in the creative process.”

The Royal Academy’s artistic director Tim Marlow speaking about the institution’s collaboration with the newly branded ‘Mayfair Art Weekend’ taking place from June 30-July 2.

“The koro came in a wooden box with a misspelt label, Cloisane Urn, and judging from its condition, had spent most of its life inside.”

Derek Biss of Greenslade Taylor Hunt on the cloisonné koro and cover in the manner of the Meiji master Hayashi Kodenji which took a premium-inclusive £217,250 over a high estimate of £500.

“The fine art side shows significant weakening beyond exchange rate issues, but the global art market contracted in 2016 anyway, so you would expect to see cross-border trade decline.”

Analyst Ivan Macquisten, who compiler of the UK’s customs figures for art and antiques, on how the global contraction of the art market in 2016 masked any evidence of the effect of Brexit.

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