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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Stolen 12th century bronze returned to India after spotted at London antiques fair

17 August 2018

A 12th-century Chola bronze, stolen from a museum in India nearly 60 years ago, has been returned to the country after it was discovered at a London antiques fair earlier this year.

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John Spencer-Churchill’s eyewitness painting of Dunkirk evacuation comes to British Art Fair – VIDEO

16 August 2018

John Spencer-Churchill’s (1909-92) depiction of the evacuation of Dunkirk is one of the highlights at the British Art Fair.

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US and UK trade unite to oppose 25% tariff threat in Trump's trade war

13 August 2018

Dealers and auctioneers in the US and UK are mobilising in the hope of removing works of art from the thousands of items caught up in the escalating US-China trade war.

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BADA dealers publish open letter in Antiques Trade Gazette to urge sign-ups to ivory ban petition

13 August 2018

Dealers Alastair Gibson and Laura Bordignon have taken an advertisement in this week’s Antiques Trade Gazette calling on the trade to petition the government to widen the ‘de minimus’ exemption for antique ivory objects in a forthcoming law that will restrict their trade.

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Who was Mondo? Japanese art dealer discovers unusual dragon sea king netsuke

13 August 2018

Dealer Rosemary Bandini, who specialises in Japanese netsuke, calls a figure that she sold recently one of her most frustrating yet intriguing discoveries to date.

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US 'library theft' case postponed until October

13 August 2018

The hearing in the case of two men accused of a massive US library theft has been postponed until October 12.

BADA boutique event dropped for October

13 August 2018

BADA Collection, the boutique fair which was launched by the British Antiques Dealers’ Association last year at the Lanesborough hotel, has been put ‘on hold’ for this autumn.

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Modern business model for 1793 Gallery

13 August 2018

Kate Moss – or at least an arresting image of her by Los Angeles street artist Mr Brainwash – is coming to a Cotswolds exhibition to launch 1793 Gallery.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

13 August 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Fair lays down tribal landmarks

13 August 2018

Anniversary of Cook voyage and a book 15 years in the making underpin London event...

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Mayfair gallery keeps it simple with Deco desks

13 August 2018

Simplicity and geometry are key to the works of Eugène Printz, one of the Parisian practitioners of Art Deco design.

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Mug shows trouble at the mill in 1878

13 August 2018

Riots broke out in Bury and Blackburn in May 1878 as cotton mill workers protested their low wages. The initially peaceful action escalated as employees attacked the factory and local constabulary, eventually looting and destroying the mill owner’s house.

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5 Questions: Francesca Fiumano of Fiumano Clase

13 August 2018

London gallery Fiumano Clase formed in 2017 when dealers Francesca Fiumano and Andrés Clase merged their respective contemporary art dealerships. Its next exhibition, BOOM, is a solo show of works by Roger Holtom. Here, we talk to Fiumano.

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A travelling passport for Martinware birds

13 August 2018

Gloucestershire-based British art pottery dealer Alison Davey of AD Antiques has created a series of ‘passports’ for Martin Brothers’ birds.

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Fake or Fortune? series returns to screens with Henry Moore, Toulouse-Lautrec and Alberto Giacometti in focus

07 August 2018

The BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' returns to our screens with the seventh series on Sunday.

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UK books trade on alert after US library theft

06 August 2018

Rare books and prints valued at millions of dollars remain at large in the international market in the wake of a US library theft.

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Clarion call: Winter Olympia to go ahead after sufficient sign-ups

06 August 2018

The Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia has been saved and will return this year in a new format thanks to commitment from more than 50 dealers.

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Golfing memorabilia dealers get into the swing of things

06 August 2018

The set of flicker books published c.1930 titled 'Drive and Mashie', 'Brassie and Iron' and 'Out the Rough and Putt', were once used as teaching aids for golfers.

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Obituary: Robert Barley

06 August 2018

Robert was born on September 1, 1945, the third of four children, Andy Jones writes. He attended Dartford Grammar school where he was befriended by Mick Jagger – who was so impressed by Robert’s ability to play two recorders simultaneously that he invited Robert to join his band!

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Latest London Art Week shows buyers are looking for personality in their portrait purchases

06 August 2018

Eye-catching, head-turning and mouth-watering: it was the human form, from ancient statuettes to modern portraits, that caught buyers’ attention at the most recent edition of London Art Week.

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