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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Barbara Hepworth's 'Aegean' bronze heads to Chicago auction

13 May 2019

Hindman Auctioneers, formerly Leslie Hindman, is newly rebranded and has a busy calendar across its six US salerooms this year.

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Brandt Art Deco table on offer in LA

13 May 2019

A 23in (58.5cm) diameter Art Deco table by the designer Edgar Brandt has been consigned to the two-day Design for the Home and Garden auction to be held by Andrew Jones in Los Angeles on May 18-19.

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Le Corbusier designs a tour de force

13 May 2019

The pictorial spread and designer binding shown here feature in a work by the celebrated French-Swiss architect and designer, Le Corbusier.

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Minton rarities emerge in Indiana

13 May 2019

Nineteenth century majolica ware is a speciality for Indiana saleroom Strawser Auction Group.

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Antiquities: Single-owner collection of cameos and intaglios in New York proved the highlight of ‘Classic Week’

13 May 2019

For antiquities aficionados, the pinnacle of Christie’s ‘Classic Week’ in New York was its single-owner offering of 40 exquisitely carved intaglios and cameos hailing from the ancient world.

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New World music making at Swann's Americana sale

13 May 2019

Billed as the first music to be both composed and printed in the New World, Juan Navarro’s setting of '…Quatuor passions Christi' was one of several items of Mexican origin to do well in a recent Americana sale.

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Amphora decorated by the 'Princeton Painter'

13 May 2019

Artemis Gallery of Colorado holds a two-day online auction on May 22-23 that includes antiquities, Asian art, fine art and Ethnographica from round the world.

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Micromosaic panels in two US auctions

13 May 2019

These two 19th century micromosaic panels feature in different US auctions this month.

John Singer Sargent watercolour

Fresh-to-market John Singer Sargent watercolours emerge at Skinner auction

09 May 2019

Two watercolours by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) that have been in a private American collection for nearly a century have emerged will be offered at an auction in Boston this week. One of them was described in the artist’s catalogue raisonée as “one of the most subtle and beautiful of Sargent’s architectural studies”.

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Strong selling rates across New York’s Classic Week auctions

06 May 2019

Christie’s latest ‘Classic Week’ sales series put in a robust performance with sales of Old Master and 19th century pictures, sculpture and antiquities generating a premium-inclusive total of $79.5m (£61.16m).

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Golf, Goldfinger and an early 007 classic sell at Swann New York

06 May 2019

Ian Fleming firsts in a Swann of New York sale of May 14 will include a copy of Goldfinger of 1959 inscribed to a famous golfer, Henry Cotton, estimated at $12,000-18,000 (£9250- 13,850).

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Paris springs into Asian action with 10-days of auctions, exhibitions and events

06 May 2019

Further proof of the success of the dedicated dealer and auction house initiatives promoting Asian art and expertise in Western capitals comes next month in Paris.

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Auckland auction focus on Antarctic

06 May 2019

A library focused on Antarctic exploration gave a New Zealand saleroom one of its more successful book and manuscript auctions since the company’s foundation in 2011.

British and Irish book auctions: May 8-15, 2019

06 May 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from May 8-15, 2019.

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Saddle up for English horse selection

06 May 2019

The latest version of Christie’s (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) Collector sale in New York featured an interesting collection of equine pottery: an ensemble of 10 large-scale English pearl ware horses, the majority made in the Leeds pottery in the first half of the 19th century.

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Sèvres pot at Drouot auction is one of Versailles pair

06 May 2019

Included in a mixed-discipline sale held in Paris by Daguerre (28% buyer’s premium inc VAT) at Drouot was a Sèvres bough pot in soft paste porcelain.

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Peach of a pair of Melba vases offered at Bonhams in Australia

06 May 2019

The famous Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba once owned this pair of ‘Dragon and Phoenix’ bottle vases which were sold at auction from her estate in 2015.

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Monk into the swim of things at German saleroom

06 May 2019

Bought by a German collector for €115,000 (£99,140) at an auction in Cologne, a 15th century illustrated account of 'Leben der Heiligen Altväter', or ‘Lives of the Holy Fathers’, was a great rarity.

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Hong Kong antiques fair set for 12th edition

06 May 2019

The 12th edition of the International Antiques Fair takes place in Hong Kong this month at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It runs from May 24-28, coinciding with the main spring auction series held by Christie’s.

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Lion and bears give bite to French basin

06 May 2019

The highlight of a dedicated ceramics sale held at Drouot by Fraysse (22.17% buyer’s premium) was this large 16 x 22in (41 x 56cm) early French, Moustiers, faience basin made at the Clerissy factory.

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