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“This year’s fair in Battersea showed not only an increase in exhibitors but also a significant rise in footfall with new faces and a younger profile of visitor.”

Tony Fothergill, chairman of the ABA Rare Books London Fair on its 61st edition last month. This staging was marked by a new venue and a 20% increase in visitor numbers. For more on the fair, including key visitors and sales, click here

“Its chased and engraved gold stem sits within a carved rock crystal vase appearing to be half full of water. It is extraordinarily delicate with rich, soft berries so real they could drop any time on ripening.”

Auctioneer Charles Hanson waxed lyrical as two rare Fabergé flowers went under the hammer at Hansons in London. To watch a video of the proceedings and to read more about these finds, click here. Also see ATG 2347 for more on the story.

“Of course we knew the story of the Canova painting but we simply assumed that it had long vanished.”

Damiano Lapiccirella who unearthed the painting in question with fellow dealer and business partner Francesca Antonacci. For the full story – including an account of its role in an art world hoax – click here.

“Basically he never tried to sell any piece of furniture, people came to him.”

Peter Kjelgaard of auctioneer Bruun Rasmussen on the Danish designer Jacob Hermann. More about eminent designers and their market in this week’s design feature (ATG 2347).

“I have a penchant for pamphlets but I also like bindings.”

Milly Hughes of Blueberry Books contemplates her growing business in ATG 2347.