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Top stories this week including a sought-after mahogany table taking 13-times estimate in Dorset

21 April 2024

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of an Edwardian Japanesque Aesthetic table soaring over predictions at Duke’s.

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‘Jazz age’ paintings removed from barn emerge at Duke’s

19 April 2024

A cache of works by the ‘forgotten’ artist Kathleen Muriel Scale (1913-2006) will appear at a Dorset auction next week.

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Year starts with a Modern British bang according to London gallery

19 April 2024

Portland Gallery’s regular look at 20th century art includes its own actions and observations on the wider market

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Merkle's Meissen figures show strength in Paris

18 April 2024

The first part of one of the finest assemblages of 18th century Meissen porcelain figures still in private hands generated a premium-inclusive €948,450 at Bonhams in Paris on April 17.

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Sotheby’s to offer Sutherland study for ‘loathed’ Churchill portrait

18 April 2024

Sotheby’s will offer one of the most complete surviving studies of Sir Winston Churchill by Graham Sutherland (1903-80). It was painted in preparation for the famous final portrait – a work which the sitter violently loathed and was later destroyed.

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Pop up vintage shop disguised as supermarket comes to Soho

18 April 2024

Online retailer Merchant & Found spent five years planning a new 'pop up' shop called The Vintage Supermarket.

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Plea to raise final £40,000 for Kelmscott Manor’s Samson tapestries

17 April 2024

The Society of Antiquaries and the Kelmscott Campaign Group, led by antiques dealer Martin Levy, are hoping to raise the final £40,000 needed to conserve Kelmscott Manor’s Samson tapestries.

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Artist Prunella Clough’s gifts to dealer Christopher Bangs emerge at Essex auction

17 April 2024

A cache of original works by Prunella Clough (1919-99) came for sale at Sworders’ latest Modern and Contemporary Art sale.

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Rare oval Chardin still life comes to auction in Paris this summer

16 April 2024

A still life by the 18th century French artist Jean-Siméon Chardin with a notable provenance is to go under the hammer at Christie’s in Paris this summer.

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How to spot faked or forged antique silver hallmarks

16 April 2024

Delegates attending the latest Goldsmiths’ Company London Assay Office seminar on April 12 were warned to be alert for faked objects purporting to be by the preeminent 18th century Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751).

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Painting taken from Jewish family’s Berlin home restituted with help of The Art Loss Register

16 April 2024

A painting belonging to a Jewish family who were forced to flea Germany under the Nazi’s has been returned to the family’s remaining heir with the help of The Art Loss Register.

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Rediscovered Benjamin Franklin portrait emerges in Italy and comes to US auction

15 April 2024

A previously unrecorded portrait of Benjamin Franklin comes for sale at Freeman’s Hindman with a guide of $50,000-80,000 this month.

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A breakfront cabinet by George Bullock is among seven lots to watch

15 April 2024

With estimates from £200, here are seven previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Top stories this week including a pair of chairs flying 70 times over estimate

14 April 2024

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of a pair of chairs bringing phenomenal interest despite suffering from woodworm, damages and repairs.

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Bonhams expects as best of Nelson-themed ceramics come to auction

12 April 2024

A single-owner collection of Nelson-themed ceramics and glass will be offered at Bonhams later this month.

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Classic Antique Fairs buys Art and Antiques for Everyone web domains

12 April 2024

Growing fair brand seeks to preserve reputation of NEC fair

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Dealer sells portrait by female artist to Getty Museum

11 April 2024

With international institutions keen to rebalance their collections to include more works by female artists, the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles announced this week that it has bought an early portrait by Sophie Frémiet (1797-1867).

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Copy of Action Comics No 1 featuring Superman debut soars to a world record price

11 April 2024

Priced 10 cents when it appeared in 1938, a copy of Action Comics No 1 which introduced Superman has become the world’s most valuable comic book.

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Dealer news in brief including dates for the Northern Antiques Fair

11 April 2024

Our roundup of dealer news includes a new home for Ceramic Art London

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De Chirico picture included in TEFAF New York highlights on the 100th anniversary of Surrealism

11 April 2024

Despite a strained relationship with Surrealism, the artist had a profound effect on the movement.