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.

Youthful face for French auctioneers SYMEV launch auction weekend

28 September 2005

France’s Auctioneers’ Association SYMEV is to stage the first-ever Journées Nationales des Ventes aux Enchères (National Auction Weekend) on November 19-20.

Mallett to expand further in New York

23 August 2005

MALLETT, one of Bond Street’s most famous names, are to expand their New York branch, with work hopefully starting in November.

Encouragement on droit de suite. Government holds fire on key points

16 August 2005

INITIAL Government responses to recommendations made during the consultation on droit de suite are encouraging for the art market.


Ten-day German castle sale

16 August 2005

A DECADE after the Thurn und Taxis and Baden Baden sales in the 1990s, Sotheby’s are once again decamping to a German castle to stage another mammoth aristocratic auction.

Third floor at The Showplace

16 August 2005

One of Manhattan’s best-known antique centres, The Showplace, is expanding its 30,000 square ft premises with the addition of a new floor that will open in early October.

HOK leave Dublin market to Adam’s

09 August 2005

Strengthening their position as Ireland’s largest auction house, James Adam & Sons have been assigned the fine art business of major Dublin rival and property giant Hamilton Osborne King.

Sotheby’s choose The Dealer’s Eye Trade consigners invited for NY sale

26 July 2005

SOTHEBY’s are to launch a sale in January that will openly rely entirely upon dealers’ stock for its content.

Sign up to petition to stop scam guides

12 July 2005

NO issue has caused more reader complaints to ATG in the past decade than scam guides targeting the trade. Now there is a chance to put a stop to them by signing up to a Europe-wide campaign.

New home for Stair

29 June 2005

Stair Galleries and Restoration will move into new headquarters in Hudson New York in August.


Waxing lyrical at $415,000

31 May 2005

Christie’s New York are selling the Bibliotheca Bibliographica Breslaueriana in three portions.

Preparing for the great gallery trail in Brussels...

31 May 2005

BRUSSELS FAIR PREVIEW Over 100 dealers – half from abroad – will gather in Brussels from June 8-12.


The Lion of the Low Countries

31 May 2005

by Ian McKayUNDOUBTEDLY one of the more famous of cartographic curiosities, the ‘Leo Belgicus’ map, in which the 17 provinces of the Low Countries are depicted in the form of a lion, was first introduced by Michael Eitzinger as part of a topographical and historical account of the Netherlands, published in Cologne in 1583.

Pinault moves his museum dream from Paris to Venice

24 May 2005

François Pinault, the French business tycoon who owns Christie’s, has abandoned his plans to build a £100m museum near Paris to house his Contemporary art collection.

CINOA discuss politics

24 May 2005

AT this year’s CINOA General Assembly, held in New York from May 12 to 14, delegates representing dealers associations from more than 20 countries discussed two political areas which they felt threatened the international art market.

Now François Tajan joins ArtCurial

24 May 2005

François Tajan, who quit as chairman of Tajan SA, the firm founded by his father Jacques, at the end of March, has joined Paris rivals ArtCurial.


Brancusi bird soars to $24.5m record

12 May 2005

Bird in Space, right, an unrecorded marble version of one of Constantin Brancusi’s most celebrated and iconic subjects, was the toast of Christie’s $126.8m Impressionist and Modern art sale last week in New York.


Life, but not as we know it

12 May 2005

A SNATCHED moment frozen in time thanks to the lucky presence of a camera... or was it?


Snuff bottles spill onto market

06 May 2005

Christie's New York (10/12% Buyer's premium)SNUFF bottles vary enormously in quality and price but the J&J collection has to rank as one of the world’s foremost specialist holdings. Although these exquisitely made and highly decorative vessels have a following of strong international collectors, inevitably there are limited buyers for top-end imperial quality works.


Indian pictures on the rise

06 May 2005

Sotheby's New York (20/12% Buyer's Premium) PRICES have steadily risen in recent years for paintings by India’s most established modern artists notably Maqbool Fida Husain (b.1915) and Francis Newton Souza (1924-2002).


Handbags at dawn for Hermès fans

05 May 2005

It’s well known that diamonds are a girl’s best friend but handbags surely come a close second. The two combined can be a killer combination.