Dealers

Dealers come in all shapes and forms, from small sole-traders to powerhouse galleries. Both play an integral role in the art and antiques market.

They often specialise in a given fields such as jewellery, ceramics, paintings, Asian art or coins but there are also plenty of general dealers operate across different categories.

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Dealers launch watchdog site to raise awareness of thefts

10 December 2018

Two south-west of England antiques dealers have launched an ‘Antiques Watchdog’ site designed to raise awareness of shoplifting in shops and centres around the country.

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Franses to stay in gallery home after Supreme Court ruling

10 December 2018

Tapestry and textiles specialist Franses has won a landmark Supreme Court case against its landlord, allowing it to continue to operate from the London gallery that has been its home for more than 25 years.

ATG letters: TEFAF dealers vetting decision is just bizarre

10 December 2018

MADAM – As someone who has been dealing in early furniture for over 50 years and who has served on vetting committees for the Grosvenor House and BADA fairs as well as having been a consultant for Sotheby’s, I find TEFAF’s decision to exclude dealers from their vetting is frankly bizarre.

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Fifty female artists in the frame: Gallery holds exhibition devoted to works by women in the first half of the 20th century

10 December 2018

“When I was putting this exhibition together, a lot of people thought I would not be able to find 50 different women British artists to show. In the end, I could have shown 500,” says Sacha Llewellyn of 20th century British art specialist Liss Llewellyn.

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Antiques centres in Hungerford and Banbury bucking the retail trend

10 December 2018

Doom and gloom surrounds retailing in the UK but in the trade plenty of antique centres are bucking the trend. Here we bring you a short focus on a few of them – ideal places to buy a variety of stock offered from a number of dealers in one spot.

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Make a clip top purchase in Woodbridge

10 December 2018

When Natalie Smith opened the Woodbridge Antiques Centre in the pretty Suffolk town 11 years ago, she said she was given a great piece of advice: never compromise on quality and presentation.

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5 Questions: Paul Garner

10 December 2018

Paul Garner of Garners Antiques has a showroom in Rutland which offers art, antiques and British handmade furniture.

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Hop to it in Nottingham

10 December 2018

A regular stallholder at Arthur Swallow Fairs is Liam Woodgates, director of the Hopkinson Vintage Antique and Art Centre in Nottingham, where a corner display is pictured below.

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Silver show is history lesson at Cotswolds fair

10 December 2018

Keith Richards Antiques brings a selection of early 20th century silver modelled on historic pieces to the first 2019 staging of The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Art Fair at Westonbirt School.

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Six new dealer catalogues – including Mackinnon Fine Furniture's latest offering

10 December 2018

Dealers spend a lot of time and thought on the catalogues they bring out to showcase stock – here is the first in an occasional series looking at recent examples covering a range of art and antiques.

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Tapestry gallery wins ‘David vs Goliath’ court battle against landlord to stay in St James’s home

05 December 2018

Tapestry and textiles specialist Franses won a landmark Supreme Court case against its landlord the Cavendish Hotel, allowing it to continue to operate from the London gallery that has been its home for more than 25 years.

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Antiques dealer and TV presenter Paul Martin to open new gallery in Wiltshire

05 December 2018

Former Flog It! TV presenter Paul Martin is to open a new art and antiques gallery in the historic Cotswold market town of Corsham in February.

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Collectors tips from Serhat Ahmet: Meissen porcelain in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods

04 December 2018

Tips on how to spot and understand Art Nouveau and Art Deco Meissen porcelain was the focus of a recent BADA Friends event with Serhat Ahmet, a second-generation dealer in fine European porcelain.

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Pre-Raphaelite watercolour tops sales at Art & Antiques for Everyone fair in Birmingham

03 December 2018

Among the works selling at the recent Art & Antiques for Everyone fair in Birmingham was a watercolour by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (1829-1908).

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A Pre-Raphaelite muse, a warrior’s shield, a panel from Napoleon’s clock and other highlights from London Art Week

03 December 2018

London Art Week celebrates 5000 years of art history around the galleries of Mayfair and St James’s.

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Sensuality and the nude explored in Rafael Valls exhibition

03 December 2018

Nudity and sensuality are themes running through London gallery’s look at eroticism

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5 Questions: Anna Wakerley

03 December 2018

Anna Wakerley of Oriel Fine Art specialises in pre- and post-war Modern British painting.

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Arundel shop seeks to bring back ‘brown’

03 December 2018

A new destination for antiques shopping in Arundel has opened at Merchants Hall.

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Vibrant French ceramics at Whitford Fine Art

03 December 2018

Jean Lurçat’s 'Sun Dancer', c.1955, is from a range of vibrant ceramics that the French artist produced during the 1950s, many of which are now on offer in Whitford Fine Art’s exhibition Poetry in Motion.

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Trade reacts to TEFAF ban on dealers vetting

26 November 2018

A number of dealers and auctioneers have reacted to TEFAF’s new policy on vetting which will prevent all commercial specialists from being members of its vetting panels.

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