International

About 80% of the global art market by value takes place outside the UK. The largest art market in the world is the US with China in third place (after the UK) followed by France, Germany and Switzerland.

Many more nations have a rich art and antiques heritage with active auction, dealer, fair, gallery and museum sectors even if their market size by value is smaller.

Read the top stories and latest art and antiques news from all these countries.

Vase used as a table

'Lost' bronze vase discovered as table base in Oklahoma

13 May 2021

A previously lost bronze and ormolu vase designed and commissioned by Thomas Hope (1769–1831) has been discovered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where it had been converted into a table base.

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Ancient Libyan statue returned home with the help of The British Museum and HMRC

11 May 2021

A funerary statue from Cyrene (near present-day Shahhat in Libya) dating to the 2nd century BC is being returned to Libya.

Edoardo Roberti

Sotheby’s shakes up its Old Masters and Fine Art teams

10 May 2021

Sotheby’s has made changes to its Old Master department in London.

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French and Irish events to reopen as indoor fairs in England resume next week

10 May 2021

The restrictions operating during the latest lockdowns are continuing to ease in countries including France and the Republic of Ireland.

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Dragon vases fire up Zurich interest

10 May 2021

Porcelain on offer in Swiss saleroom catches the eye of international bidders.

International book auctions

10 May 2021

A list of upcoming international books auctions.

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Watchmaker to the royal family

10 May 2021

Little is known about the biography of the German watchmaker Sigismund Rentzsch, who came to London in the early 19th century, where he set up a workshop.

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Swiss and German fine art highlights

10 May 2021

Recent stand-out lots from salerooms in Basel, Zurich, Constance, Stuttgart and Dresden

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Goldscheider lamp offered at Plauen sale

10 May 2021

'Orangepflückerin' (Orange Picker) lamp by Goldscheider up at auction in Germany.

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Lapis lazuli lion from the Elamite Empire

10 May 2021

Hermann Historica in Grasbrunn, on the outskirts of Munich, is holding its extensive spring auction from May 26-28 and June 1-2.

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Upcoming books, maps and prints highlights for summer 2021

10 May 2021

A selection of upcoming books, maps and prints at auctions around the UK and overseas.

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Triennale floor lamp lights the way at Hindman

10 May 2021

On May 20 Hindman's Modern Design sale encompasses works by American and European designers including those from France, Italy and Scandinavia.

International book fairs

10 May 2021

This calendar lists a selection of forthcoming specialist fairs and markets around the world.

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Archaistic vase at Paris auction

10 May 2021

Guantype archaistic vase, seal mark and period of Yongzheng comes up at Paris auction.

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Collecting the book as art

10 May 2021

How the livre d’artiste can combine words and images beautifully – and be highly desirable

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Warhol’s cat colleagues

10 May 2021

Warhol rarity sold in New York auction has feline theme

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Dining set is an open and shut case

10 May 2021

Set of table and six chairs by the Danish designer Verner Panton designed in 1971 for Fritz Hansen is on offer at the Drouot in Paris.

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Christie's auction has a female focus

10 May 2021

On June 16 Christie’s Paris is holding a sale devoted to female artists.

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Draft of letter at Philadelphia auction shows Churchill’s dilemma over JFK offer

10 May 2021

This typewritten draft of a letter from President Kennedy to Winston Churchill, with annotated amendments by JFK, will feature in the auction of Books and Manuscripts to be held by Freeman’s in Philadelphia on May 20.

Joanne Lewis

New hires, premises, events and a book – the latest round up of people and places across the art and antiques sector

04 May 2021

New faces at Dix Noonan Webb and Heritage are among the Movers & Shakers updates this week.

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