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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Georgian candle stand in the spotlight at Christmas exhibition in Suffolk

02 December 2019

One of the rarest pieces in Suffolk House Antiques’ Christmas selling exhibition is a Georgian candle stand in fruitwood and elm. The back would have protected the flame so that the person using it would have uninterrupted light even in a draughty house. Examples bearing the original backs do not always show up intact.

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Typewriters playing key role for collectors and dealers

02 December 2019

Invented in the 19th century but outmoded by word processors then computers, typewriters are now having a resurgence in the collecting world.

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Obituary: Book dealer John Lawson

02 December 2019

Book dealer John Lawson joined EM Lawson & Co, the firm that his father had started at Sutton Coldfield in 1921, when he was demobbed from national service in the RAF in 1952.

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Actor Nigel Havers to host BBC TV show on art and antiques dealers

29 November 2019

BBC One is launching a new day-time TV show featuring art and antiques dealers called 'The Bidding Room'.

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Love thy neighbour: dealer bequest of 'Kangxi' vase to woman next-door brings windfall at Dawson’s

28 November 2019

A large Chinese porcelain vase inherited by a Chiswick woman from her next-door neighbour, an Asian art dealer, has made £37,000 hammer, more than ten times its lower estimate.

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Online platform 1stdibs subscription fees rise by 42%

25 November 2019

Antiques and luxury items platform 1stdibs is increasing its monthly subscription fee to dealers by 42%, from £350 to £500. The firm says the move reflects the increasing cost of maintaining the online portal.

Collectors under the spotlight at London Art Week

25 November 2019

A focus on collectors and collections is the theme of London Art Week.

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Philip Rundell silver dishes among sales at the west London winter staging of Olympia antiques fair

25 November 2019

A pair of George III covered serving dishes made in London 1819 by Philip Rundell sold from the stand of Mary Cooke Antiques during the latest edition of the Winter Art & Antiques Fair in Olympia.

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Worcester wonders go to new homes after dealer event

25 November 2019

A small Worcester mug painted with a rare blue and white pattern, c.1752-53, was among the stand-out sales during Jupiter Antiques’ latest exhibition, where it was offered for a price in the region of £4000.

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Iznik does it during London Art Week – collectors in focus at latest London gallery event

25 November 2019

Tile formerly in the huge Baudry collection is one of the London gallery show highlights

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Furniture for Christmas – dealer launches festive shopping event in Battersea

25 November 2019

Furniture dealer Christopher Howe is hosting a Christmas shopping event at his new Battersea warehouse on December 6-7.

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The web shop window: Italian trompe l’oeil altar board panels

25 November 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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5 Questions: Peter Harrison and Simon van Oostende

25 November 2019

Peter Harrison and Simon van Oostende met during a Christie’s Education course in London and in June 2019 launched Harrison & van Oostende specialising in 16th-18th century works of art.

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Potter around this book fair

25 November 2019

Work featuring the boy wizard Harry Potter is a familiar sight at the PBFA’s annual Christmas event

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Finnish Abstract artworks and all that jazz

25 November 2019

Visitors to Galerie Forsblom’s show on the paintings of Lars-Gunnar Nordström (1924-2014) will be serenaded by the artist’s extensive jazz collection.

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British Art Fair returns to traditional timeslot for 2020 plus plans for Draw and Fair for Saatchi

18 November 2019

The British Art Fair (BAF) is to return to its previous dates in late September next year.

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Artist happy to chop and change

18 November 2019

At various stages of painting 'Pear Still Life' (1971), Craigie Aitchison (1926-2009) included a golden bird, a yellow rose and constellation of five-pointed stars.

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The web shop window: English furniture in French style

18 November 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Another Brexit delay? Non, merci!

18 November 2019

The latest delay to Brexit was not a source of cheer for overseas vendors at the ABA’s Chelsea Rare Book Fair on November 1-2.

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5 Questions: Carlo Milano of Callisto Fine Arts

18 November 2019

Carlo Milano runs Callisto Fine Arts, where he deals in Renaissance and Baroque works of art. He is among the participants in London Art Week (December 1-6).

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