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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Keep an eye out for Sanyu paintings

24 October 2022

Auction firm Art Research Paris will be offering two paintings by the Paris school Chinese-French artist Sanyu (1895-1966).

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Sale celebrates Cocteau and his artist friends

24 October 2022

A third sale featuring ceramics by Jean Cocteau took place in Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr’s (27.5%/26/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) Paris saleroom.

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Regular Lake Como villa visits left Hockney full of beans

24 October 2022

Watercolour given as thanks to his Heinz family host in 2003 now sells to a US collector.

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Marcks hoped for better

24 October 2022

The creative roots of this 22in (56cm) bronze figure, which was one of the highlights at Nusser (22.69% buyer’s premium), date back to the pre-war years.

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Bloody good or bloody bad

24 October 2022

The Austrian artist and composer Hermann Nitsch, who died earlier this year at the age of 84, had as many detractors as followers.

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Series idea born after a friend’s pregnancy

24 October 2022

Since 1969, when it was sold at a gallery exhibition in Munich, one of Niki de Saint Phalle’s (1930-2002) well-known Nanas had belonged to a south German collector.

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Rage against the perfect machine

24 October 2022

The complex and sometimes bizarre machines that the Swiss artist Jean Tinguely (1925-91) constructed during his long career belong to the most distinctive examples of kinetic art.

Roseberys' Asian art team

New faces at Roseberys, Phillips and Christie’s plus a new dealership

19 October 2022

Five new specialists at Roseberys are among the latest recruitment news.

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Qing vase and Ming armchair make eight figure sums as bidders compete in Hong Kong

17 October 2022

One boasted an illustrious ‘Fonthill heirloom’ provenance, the other a Hotung collection background

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Classic English furniture from Al Thani collection returns to the saleroom

17 October 2022

Icons of English furniture returned to the market when Sotheby’s Paris sold the contents from the Hôtel Lambert, a 17th century Parisian hôtel particulier on the Ile de La Cité.

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Viennese work surfaces as Steinbach celebrates 50 years

17 October 2022

Vienna antiquarian bookseller Michael Steinbach is celebrating 50 years in the business and has produced a catalogue to mark the milestone.

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Vase reveals a tale of romance

17 October 2022

The auctioneers at Hargesheimer (28% buyer’s premium) in Dusseldorf were not expecting the broad international interest eventually generated by an 18in (45cm) high Chinese porcelain vase.

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Munich 'Highlights' fair means high life

17 October 2022

Since its inception, the focus of the 'Highlights' fair on Modern and Contemporary art has increased and in recent years photography dealers have also been given more space.

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Lantern that meant last orders

17 October 2022

A very rare form of German 17th century silver is on offer at Van Ham’s auction on November 16 in Cologne.

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Tree trunk takes on different role

17 October 2022

Five years after he acceded to the throne in 1873, King Albert of Saxony decided to renovate the 17th century hunting castle at Wermsdorf.

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5 Questions: Maxime Mauchamp of Tsukimi Gallery

17 October 2022

Maxime Mauchamp of Tsukimi Gallery in Paris which offers Japanese works of art from the 20th century to contemporary, including ceramics, metalworks and cloisonné enamel pieces

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Example of the world’s first functioning lighter offered in Germany

17 October 2022

Among the eye-catchers at Wendl in Rudolstadt from October 27-29 is an example of the world’s first functioning lighter.

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The mysterious bi-conical bottles

17 October 2022

From the late Middle Ages onwards, an unusual form of glass bottle appeared in many parts of continental Europe.

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Silver candlesticks linked to Prussian royal family spotted by eagle-eyed bidders

17 October 2022

On the first day of an auction held by Schloss Ahlden (26% buyer’s premium), a German collector with a passion for history saw off numerous dealers and collectors from home and abroad who had also trained their sights on a set of four silver candlesticks from the early 19th century.

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Terracotta figures set for €240 taken to €62,200

17 October 2022

There was obviously much more to a pair of 14 and 15in (35 and 37cm) terracotta figures offered at auction than the starting price of €240 suggested.

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