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.

Mezzotint of On Nee Yeath Tow No Riow

Rare mezzotint of 18th century native American chief who visited London takes nearly 10-times estimate

05 March 2024

Rare prints from a remarkable collection deaccessioned from a library in Massachusetts starred in a Boston auction.

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Lawrence portraits from New York industrialist come for sale in US

04 March 2024

Portraits by the English virtuoso painter Sir Thomas Lawrence owned by an upstate New York family since the 1920s lead our selection of five lots to buy in the US.

Alma-Tadema-designed bracelet

Snake armlet designed by Alma-Tadema slithers for sale

04 March 2024

This gem-set gold snake armlet, a gift from the celebrated Victorian artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) to his second wife Laura Epps (1852-1909), will take centre stage on the stand of London jeweller Wartski at TEFAF Maastricht.

Picasso designed chair

Chair prices propelled higher thanks to Picasso

04 March 2024

A Parisian sale titled Pablo Picasso and his Friends staged at Piasa in France on February 15 included a series of artworks to which the great man had contributed in some way.

TEFAF Maastricht 2023

TEFAF shakes up vetting committees

04 March 2024

Ahead of the 37th edition of TEFAF Maastricht the organisation has streamlined its Old Masters vetting committees.

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Omega watches by Andrew Grima are bang on time

04 March 2024

At the peak of his fame, the Anglo-Italian jewellery designer Andrew Grima was invited by Omega to create what would become the About Time collection.

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TEFAF Maastricht focus: Charles Ede and Sean Kelly

04 March 2024

Antiquities specialists Charles Ede of London and Contemporary New York gallery Sean Kelly share a stand at TEFAF Maastricht’s inaugural Focus section, which is aimed at presenting complementary works from different artists and disciplines.

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TEFAF launches its new focus

04 March 2024

Our preview of the upcoming Maastricht fair which includes a new section to promote cross-collecting

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Auctions and dealer shows aplenty at Asia Week New York

04 March 2024

Fifteeth year of the New York event involves 28 dealers and 12 salerooms taking part

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Art Deco-era vanity cases highly sought by contemporary collectors

04 March 2024

Legend has it that Charles Arpels (of Van Cleef & Arpels fame) saw a lady friend stashing her lipstick and other cosmetics in an ordinary cigarette tin for a trip out on the town.

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De Medici letter reveals Pope appointment plot

04 March 2024

This single-sheet letter was written by Catherine de Medici (1519-89) to the ambassador to Spain.

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Memorabilia from a famous 1913 show in US is now highly sought after

04 March 2024

The 'International Exhibition of Modern Art' held at the 69th Regiment Armory building in New York from February 15 to March 15, 1913, ushered in a new era for the art market.

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TEFAF Maastricht Showcase: Tommaso Calabro

04 March 2024

Despite specialising in Modern art, Tommaso Calabro hopes to snag some Old Master collectors at his first TEFAF.

Spalding Baseball World Tour promotional poster

Barnstorming performance for recently discovered 1888 Spalding Baseball World Tour poster

29 February 2024

Discovered by an auction house in Ohio, a baseball poster described as ‘the finest known’ has sold at auction for a record $200,000/£158,000 ($240,000 including premium).

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Gallé’s special bowl could sell for a special price

26 February 2024

In 1903, only one year before his death, Emile Gallé was commissioned by the Belgian company Solvay et Cie with the creation of a bowl to mark the 30th anniversary of its factory in Dombasle.

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On a wing and a prayer at a Swiss saleroom

26 February 2024

One of the earliest pieces in the auction of works of art at Koller in Zürich on March 21 is a copper and enamel figure of a dove.

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Italian design takes centre stage in German auction

26 February 2024

Italian design is in the spotlight at Quittenbaum in Munich on March 19.

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Fuseli fantasies on offer in Basel saleroom

26 February 2024

Paintings by the Anglo-Swiss artist Henry Fuseli, who was born in 1741 as Johann Heinrich Füssli, seldom make it to auction.

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Artist Kuhnert’s natural approach included shooting his animal subjects

26 February 2024

Many late 19th and early 20th century art collectors were entranced by Wilhelm Kuhnert’s (1865-1926) realistic portrayals of exotic animals in the wild.

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Tribal mask with mystery purpose

26 February 2024

Cologne auction house Lempertz (25% buyer’s premium) opened its auction year with a sale of African and Oceanic works of art in Brussels.

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