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“When I was asked to view a small collection of Chinese bronzes in this unassuming house, I didn’t imagine the door would open to a 1860s time capsule.”

Alastair Gibson, dealer and Asian art consultant for Canterbury Auction Galleries, who found an exceptionally rare  Western Zhou bronze, taken when the Summer Palace was sacked by British troops in 1860 in a house in Kent. It will be offered at the auctioneer’s on April 11. An exceptionally rare, has been found in a house in a Kent seaside town; read the full story here.

“Given Instagram’s appeal to the trade, this is a huge, important step forward, as it’s a key tool used by buyers, collectors and interior designers to source both objects and inspiration on the site."

Marco Forgione, CEO of BADA, on Instagram’s shopping feature extension; read the full story here.

“To happen twice in a year is crazy. The car had come straight through the window: the one we just had redone. There needs to be a bollard to protect the shop and we are speaking to the council.”

Jane Richards of Derbyshire’s Heanor Antiques Centre, which has had cars smash through its front window twice in a year; read the full story here.

“It is amazing that a simple, authentic work of ‘street art’, so raw, natural and uninhibited should create such a stir and elicit such a response.”

Folk art dealer Robert Young who bought a hand-painted sign that recently went viral under #KarmaCycle; read the full story here.

“With its suggestion of both eroticism and menace, pleasure and pain, Lobster Telephone (White Aphrodisiac) is a classic Surrealist conceit … its importance cannot be overestimated.”

Richard Calvocoressi of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA) on the Dalí sculpture that was export barred this week; read the full story here.


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