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"Worthless.”

The verdict on the last subject of BBC’s Fake or Fortune, hosted by dealer Philip Mould. It was thought it could be a still life by Giorgio de Chirico, but was ultimately judged to be the work of a friend or follower.

“All vendors have been contacted to repatriate their goods…the joint administrators are working with the Redundancy Payments Service to support affected employees at this difficult time.”

A spokesman for the joint administrator for Wright Marshall, the auction house which is to close its doors after 176 years.

“An important part of being a curator today is drawing out the potential of their museums’ collections and considering how best to develop them in new ways. The New Collecting Awards gives the opportunity to diversify institutions’ holdings, bringing benefit to a widening range of audiences and helping our museums to thrive.”

Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director, on The New Collecting Awards, which gives £300,000 to ‘rising star’ curators to build collections.

“Standing proud for over 900 years, Haddon Hall has a truly wonderful story to tell... Our exhibitions provide us with an additional opportunity to extend that knowledge further, and show other aspects to Haddon, from its connections to its many craftsmen, who were integral to its maintenance, to its historic symbols, tapestries and woodwork and so much more."

Lady Edward Manners, owner of the Derbyshire stately home Haddon Hall, which hosts an exhibition of a private collection of medieval sculptures.

“It is particularly important that this beautiful watercolour, which works on so many different levels, should be retained in this country.”

Peter Barber of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest on JMW Turner’s Dark Rigi, The Lake of Lucerne, which has be temporarily barred from export.


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