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.

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New hires and expansion plans – Movers & Shakers across the auction house sector

15 September 2020

The latest moves at Halls, Cheffins, Freeman’s and Milestone Auctions.

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Thank you for the royal pardon – silver snuff box at Dutch auction tells story of engraver

14 September 2020

This 4in (10cm) silver snuff box offered for sale at Veilinghuis de Jager in Goes, Zeeland was the subject of a learned article in the January-February Ghendtsche Tydingen, the magazine of the Ghent history society.

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Flemish missionary’s painting sells at 16-times estimate

14 September 2020

Before leaving as a missionary to China, the Flemish missionary Mon Van Genechten (1903-74) was a student of Dirk Baksteen, Sir Frank Brangwyn and Maurice Denis.

British and Irish book auctions: September 15-26, 2020

14 September 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 15-26, 2020.

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Pennsylvania auction brings Staffordshire pottery selection to market

14 September 2020

Pook & Pook’s online decorative arts auction in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, on September 17 will include several lots of the Staffordshire pottery Foley Intarsio ware.

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Czech tapestry mastery at Berlin art gallery

14 September 2020

This handwoven tapestry by Czech designer and architect Josef Místecký (1891-1957) is offered at Galerie Ulrich Fiedler’s exhibition Textile Moderne, which features Avant Garde carpets and textiles by European makers.

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Bust thought to be Henri IV on offer at French auction

14 September 2020

Aguttes stages a sale of paintings, works of art and furniture titled Passion Patrimoine taking place at Neuilly-sur-Seine on the outskirts of Paris on September 22.

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On a mission to impress: collection of Omega Speedmaster chronographs emerges in Portugal

14 September 2020

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Speedmaster Professional as a space exploration tool in 1997, Omega created the Missions Collection.

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Dutch auction shows clockmaker Ellicott at his peak period

14 September 2020

A recent sale at Veilinghuis de Jager (35% buyer’s premium) in Goes, Zeeland, the Netherlands, included a musical table clock signed for the London royal clockmaker John Ellicott (1706-72).

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Single-owner Asian art collection offered in Lisbon

14 September 2020

On September 30 Veritas in Lisbon is selling Asian works of art from a single-owner private Portuguese collection formed over the past 35 years in an auction titled An Erudite Collection: objects and works of art from Shang to Qing Dynasty.

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First edition of Thomas Malthus’ essay on population and first Ethiopian edition of the New Testament leads German auction

14 September 2020

Always likely to produce one of the sale’s best results, a 1798 first of Thomas Malthus’ 'Essay on the Principle of Population' duly led the bidding in a recent German sale.

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Chinese cranes vase soars above estimate in Cape Town

14 September 2020

Estimated at Zar20,000-30,000, this 11in (28cm) ‘crane and deer’ famille rose pear-shaped vase sold for Zar2m (£91,800) at Stephan Welz (14% plus VAT buyer’s premium) in Cape Town.

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Copy of Proclamation of the Irish Republic takes €190,000 at Whyte’s

14 September 2020

In 1916 around 500 copies of the historic ‘Proclamation of the Irish Republic’ were printed, of which today just 30 or so survivors are recorded.

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15 watches and jewellery items coming up at auction including an Art Deco butterfly brooch

14 September 2020

With so many auction houses selling jewellery throughout late July and August this year, there was scarcely a summer break. However, the volume of material offered for sale will increase markedly this month. Pictured here is a brief selection of pieces available to bid for at home and abroad.

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Coronation service among European porcelain highlights at Swiss sale

14 September 2020

A 176-lot group of Meissen and other European porcelain from the collection of Dr Siegfried Ducret, consigned from the estate of Rosmarie Schmidt-Ducret, will be offered at auction by Koller in Zurich on September 24.

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Hellenistic gold bracelets offered in Bavaria

14 September 2020

This elegant pair of finely worked early Hellenistic gold bracelets featuring a rather sympathetic and graceful rendering of the snake-haired gorgon Medusa are believed to have been made by a courtly goldsmith workshop during the 4th-3rd century BC.

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Buffalo Bill silent film poster rides in to Chicago auctions

14 September 2020

This c.1912 poster from the Buffalo Bill-Pawnee Bill film Company advertises a three-reel silent film by Paul Panzer on the life of the Wild West showman and depicts him on horseback with a Native American family and a tepee.

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Royal clockmaker’s musical table clock stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

11 September 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an 18th century musical table clock by the London royal clockmaker John Ellicott (1706-72) that drew strong demand at an auction in the Netherlands.

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Contemporary and Modern Art dealers switch to online to battle coronavirus impact

09 September 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, art galleries focused attention on online growth to try to mitigate the impact of closures globally.

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US tariffs on Chinese art take effect as New York auction series begins

07 September 2020

This month’s Asian art series in New York could be the last sales to avoid the new trade tariffs that have been imposed by the Trump administration.

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