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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Snail Syrup for anyone?

07 September 2020

Bid to €10,000 (£9100) in a timed online sale at Fonsie Mealy (25/20% buyers premium) this summer was a two-volume collection of medical and other receipts compiled by Mrs Mary Leadbeater (1758-1826).

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Humphry Repton first edition on landscaping features at North Carolina auction

07 September 2020

On September 12 Brunk Auctions of Asheville, North Carolina, is holding a single-owner sale comprising the estate of William N Banks Junior from his Georgia property, Bankshaven.

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All hands on deck as French automaton emerges in Massachusetts

07 September 2020

This 11in (28cm) high French automaton black marble and gilt bronze ‘quarter deck’ clock has a figure of a sailor and a captain at the stern.

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New York's Asian art auction series aims to keep the show on the road in wake of Covid and tariffs

07 September 2020

Although hampered by Covid-19 and the ongoing issues surrounding imports of Chinese works of art, the September series of Asian art auctions in New York appears – like most sales in the US – to be remarkably unscathed by recent geopolitical events.

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Garden seating selection offered at Freeman’s

07 September 2020

This three-piece painted cast-iron garden seating set dated to the third quarter of the 19th century is one of the lots from the Collection of A Connecticut Gentleman that is to be offered for sale by Freeman’s of Philadelphia, on September 15.

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Tiffany ‘Bird on a Rock’ brooch flies in to Hindman's Chicago sale

07 September 2020

Included in Hindman’s September 15 sale of Jewellery in Chicago will be a group of pieces designed by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. Among them is this green beryl and diamond ‘Bird on a Rock’ brooch.

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Oonagh Guinness portrait among highlights of auction of items from an Atlanta estate

07 September 2020

A two-day sale of works from an Atlanta estate home, White Oaks, will take place at Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta, Georgia on September 12-13 featuring a wide range of European and American fine and decorative art.

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Lancastrian lustre vase comes to Rago Auctions

07 September 2020

This lustre vase decorated by Richard Joyce for Pilkington Royal Lancastrian dates from c.1915.

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Mintons plaque offered in Maryland auction

07 September 2020

This Mintons Pâte-sur-Pâte plaque, dated to c.1900, decorated by Marc-Louis Solon will feature in Weschler’s Capital Collections auction to be held in Rockville, Maryland, on September 18.

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New Orleans auction offers George III Sheffield plated tea machine

07 September 2020

This George III Sheffield plated tea machine from c.1790 comprises a hot water urn with a domed cover and a telescoping finial with steam vent, as well as a pair of tea urns, all engraved with the Clan Colville crest and motto 'Oblier ne puis'.

British and Irish book auctions: September 8-19, 2020

07 September 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 8-19, 2020.

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Japanese battery powered robot estimated at $60,000-90,000 at Morphy Auctions

07 September 2020

This Machine Man lithographed tinplate Japanese battery powered robot is the rarest of the post war group of so called ‘Gang of Five’ robots made by Masudaya.

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British and American studio ceramics consigned to Chicago sale

07 September 2020

On October 6 Susanin’s in Chicago will be offering a 132-lot auction of British and American studio ceramics from the Estate of Patricia Nicol Barnes featuring works by a wide range of different artists.

Qingbai dish

Chinese dish owned by the ‘Jade king of Singapore’ stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

04 September 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Qingbai dish from the collection of Singaporean banker and collector Quek Kiok Lee that made over 35-times estimate at auction.

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Tom Cruise's Maverick helmet from Top Gun stars at entertainment memorabilia auction in Los Angeles

03 September 2020

A fighter pilot helmet made for Tom Cruise’s character Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun topped the recent Entertainment Memorabilia auction at Los Angeles’ Prop Store, proving that there is still plenty of love for the classic aviation drama.

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World orders: Parcours des Mondes goes ahead

31 August 2020

Organisers of the Parcours des Mondes decided to go ahead with this edition instead of heading online – but only after careful deliberation

British and Irish book auctions: September 1-16, 2020

31 August 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 1-16, 2020.

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Tobacco bag at Cowan’s auction conveys special powers of the elk

31 August 2020

This beaded hide Sioux Elk Dreamers’ Society tobacco bag is one of the pieces of beadwork from the Robert Jerich collection that is included in Cowan’s September 18 American Indian Art auction in Cincinnati.

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Eskimo baskets bring high demand at Skinner

31 August 2020

One of the highest prices in the large 650-plus lot American Indian and Ethnographic Arts auction held by Skinner (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Massachusetts was the $4000 (£3075) paid against a $400-600 guide for a trio of Eskimo baskets woven from baleen.

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New office for Catherine Southon and appointments at Bonhams and Heritage – the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques world

27 August 2020

A new consignment office for auction house Catherine Southon is among the latest updates from across the sector.

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