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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Trading from East Sussex and Hemswell

23 September 2019

Dealers who give up trading up from shop premises in favour of a unit or units at an antiques centre have differing stories as to why they make that choice.

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5 Questions: Christopher Jones

23 September 2019

Christopher Jones specialises in 18th, 19th and 20th century decorative antiques, furniture, lighting and porcelain. He next stands at the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea from October 1-6.

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Schotten's inspired offering in Burford

23 September 2019

Dealer Manfred Schotten “grew up skiing in Bavaria, started to play golf, was taken fly-fishing by friends and started noticing sporting antiques and memorabilia. This is when it really started.”

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Quartet of pastels depicting forgotten moment of war effort offered at British Art Fair

23 September 2019

A group of First World War pastels depicting members of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps harvesting peat moss for use in field dressings are typical of the variety collectors will find at the 'British Art Fair' (BAF).

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I fear it will become just another pretentious art fair

23 September 2019

MADAM – As an American dealer in historical artefacts, I have made two or three trips a year to London over the past 20 years.

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Antiques dealer Howe kicks off Battersea warehouse sale with discounts of up to 80%

20 September 2019

Longstanding furniture dealer Christopher Howe will open his warehouse to buyers with a big sale this autumn.

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Battersea decorative fair changes spring dates

19 September 2019

Next year’s spring Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair has moved from April to May.

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Rare Roman Solidus coin found in Somerset field bought by European collector

18 September 2019

A rare Roman gold coin of the Emperor Constantine I found by a metal detectorist in a field in Somerset was hammered down at £16,000 (plus 24% buyer’s premium) at Dix Noonan Webb.

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Collection from Islamic art's 'most influential' dealer Oliver Hoare to be auctioned at Christie’s

18 September 2019

The late Oliver Hoare (1945-2018) was a leading Islamic and Asian art dealer and held the first Islamic art auction at Christie’s in 1975.

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Greek marble ‘wedding present’ returned to Munich museum

18 September 2019

A Hellenistic marble stele that was received as a wedding present in the 1950s has been returned to a museum in Germany after an investigation by antiquities dealers and an Oxford scholar.

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Draw Art Fair sold to duo behind British Art Fair and Fair for Saatchi

17 September 2019

Robert and Johnny Sandelson, owners of British Art Fair and FairforSaatchi, have bought London’s Draw Art Fair.

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Irish dealers pitch environmental credentials to win VAT-free status ahead of Brexit

17 September 2019

The Irish Antique Dealers Association has written to Ireland’s finance minister to press for VAT-free status as a green retail business, to relieve them of the 13.5% value-added tax they currently pay.

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BADA dealers call for EGM over fair sale

16 September 2019

Members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) have called for an extraordinary general meeting as some dealers reacted with anger and confusion at news that the association’s flagship London fair had been sold.

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Pick of the week: Living up to the teapot with a punchline

16 September 2019

George du Maurier (1834-96) joined the staff at Punch magazine in 1865, drawing two ink cartoons a week until his eyesight deteriorated in 1891. His most common targets were the affected manners of Victorian society and Britain’s growing middle class in particular.

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Apter Fredericks ‘more flexible’ after closing Fulham Road shop

16 September 2019

English furniture dealership Apter Fredericks has closed the doors of its Fulham Road gallery after 73 years and will now focus its efforts online and at fairs.

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Top Marks for the start of LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair with early sales

16 September 2019

A set of 12 silver plates by Gilbert Marks, offered by The Peartree Collection, were among the stand-out sales from the opening hours of the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair.

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Antiques Anonymous festival returns to Marylebone

16 September 2019

A one-day antiques festival returns to London’s Church Street for its third year.

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Mid-century in the mainstream but dealer highlights the eco difference between period and ‘style’

16 September 2019

Mid-century style is very much on the rise at the moment – as the organisers of the two Midcentury Shows in London know well.

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Battersea's Decorative fair celebrates the Bauhaus

16 September 2019

The centenary of the influential design school provides a theme for the final Battersea Park fair of 2019

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Eclectic sales at London’s 12th tribal gathering

16 September 2019

A Madonna and Child sculpture from 19th century Luba culture in the Democratic Republic of Congo was among the sales at Tribal Art London, where the theme was Mother, Muse and Maker.

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