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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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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Scottish play opens in NY

24 August 2020

Edition of Macbeth that once belonged to actor Charlton Heston.

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Japanese face armour

24 August 2020

A collection of Japanese arms and armour is a key feature of Cowan’s arms and armour auction to be held in Cincinnati on September 2.

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Carry on bidding

24 August 2020

Almost 2.5 million of these Second World War British posters with the now famous slogan were printed in 12 different sizes.

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Comic effect

24 August 2020

The two ink drawings reproduced here both made substantial sums in a June 27 sale of comic strip artwork held in Paris by Artcurial.

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Kangxi at Kendzia

24 August 2020

Included in the Asian art section of the Kendzia two-day sale in Hamburg on September 4-5 is this set of nine Kangxi blue and white plates painted with a design of a lotus pond with flowers and insects.

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The four seasons in one day

24 August 2020

Interpretation by Spanish artist in Modernisme style stands out in Art Nouveau selection.

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Centrepiece of attention

24 August 2020

This monumental late 19th century, three-piece presentation silver centrepiece measures 3ft 4in x 20in (1.02m x 51cm) and weighs 17lb 8oz or 255.21oz troy weight.

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Parkland teapot

24 August 2020

This Meissen porcelain teapot from c.1722 will feature in the sale series to be held by Hargesheimer of Dusseldorf from September 10-12.

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Texas museum boosts Spanish art collection with five acquisitions from Madrid gallery

20 August 2020

De la Mano Gallery in Madrid has sold five works to The Meadows Museum in Dallas, Texas.

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Tiffany pendant in Japanese style trebles estimate at Skinner

17 August 2020

Japonisme, the craze for Japanese art first described by the French critic and collector Philippe Burty in 1872, became a key part of Tiffany & Co’s jewellery oeuvre from c.1877.

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Brisbane priest's intaglio seal proves a cut above the rest at Bonhams

17 August 2020

The highlight of Bonhams Australia’s (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) latest Jewels sale was this agate intaglio seal from the collection of Brisbane Catholic priest Father Peter Grice (1943-2019).

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London bracelet surfaces in Sydney

17 August 2020

One of the highlights of Leonard Joel’s jewellery auction in Sydney on August 26 is this Art Deco platinum and diamond bracelet dated to c.1930 fashioned as an articulated line of geometric links of carré, baguette and circular cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 33cts.

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