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.


Make a bone call when bidding for Chinese jiaguwen

27 February 2023

The Shang period (c.1600-1045BC) is the first of China’s many epochs from which written documents survive.


Navigate your way round Breitling Navitimer dial styles

27 February 2023

Over the years, the Navitimer has undergone a variety of cosmetic and mechanical changes. Pictured here are three iterations of the watch as it evolved across two decades.


Art and antiques fair TEFAF takes safety first option

27 February 2023

Improved security is one of the priorities at the fair after the shock of a jewellery robbery last year.


Deep pockets for the Fifty Fathoms

27 February 2023

The Fifty Fathoms watch was born in the 1950s from the encounter between the Swiss firm Blancpain (by then using the legal trading name Rayville) and two French naval officers, Capt Robert Maloubier and Lt Claude Riffaud.

Rubens’ Portrait of a Man as the God Mars

Rubens painting to be offered in Modern art evening sale

23 February 2023

Sir Peter Paul Rubens’ 'Portrait of a Man as the God Mars', once the most expensive work by the artist ever sold at auction, is to be offered at a Sotheby's Modern art sale.

Battle of the Nile service

Pick of the week: Bidders battle for Naples Nelson porcelain

20 February 2023

Elements of an important Naples porcelain service made after the Battle of the Nile have resurfaced at auction in the US.

Bindo Altoviti

Marble marvel: 16th century portrait on stone acquired by the Met

20 February 2023

A remarkable 16th century oil painting on marble that previously sold at Sotheby’s has been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


Courtesy of Cohen & Cohen: items from renowned UK specialist come to New York auction

20 February 2023

Auctions of Chinese export porcelain have regularly featured in the New York schedule in January for many years, running alongside the traditional string of Americana sales and the long-running Winter Show.


Quadrant provided early help if all at sea

20 February 2023

The Winter Maritime Sale at Eldreds on February 28-March 1 includes an 18th century Islamic brass quadrant made in the Maghreb region of north-west Africa.


Fine body of work from a French anatomist and naturalist

20 February 2023

The French anatomist and naturalist Louis Thomas Jérôme Auzoux (1797-1880) set up a workshop making very accurate human and veterinary anatomical models.


BRAFA: Brussels fair settles successfully into its new home

20 February 2023

The 68th edition of the BRAFA Art Fair closed its doors to the public on February 5 with 65,000 visitors having passed through its doors, writes Anne Crane.


Edison Electric Pen turned out to be good for tattooing, not so for copying

20 February 2023

Thomas Edison’s electric pen might not have flourished as planned for the purpose of duplicating documents but if you have a tattoo you can be thankful.


Furniture with a backstory viewed in full focus

20 February 2023

A footstool owned by Ringo Starr, a chair from the set of Casablanca and a Jean Cocteau wooden candelabra made for the home of Igor Stravinsky feature in a selection of furniture with intriguing histories at New York gallery ‘B’ Dry Goods.

Cameo collection

Dutch museum buys huge Content collection of cameos put together over four decades

13 February 2023

A huge collection of cameos bought by the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities) will now go on display at the museum in Leiden.


Hook a Moser fish vase

13 February 2023

The sale at Clark’s Auction Company in California on February 19 includes this Moser enamelled glass fish vase.


Star Wars rarities… but in bulk

13 February 2023

Large collection of action figures offers multiple examples of hitherto scarce models to test the market


Three days of Krehbiel sales include fine English antiques

13 February 2023

Hindman is conducting a series of auctions featuring property from the collection of the late Fred A Krehbiel and his wife Kay Krehbiel.


Black Forest clock carves out auction demand

13 February 2023

This monumental Black Forest figural clock with matching stand, c.1880, is a mighty 7ft 1in (2.16m) high overall.


Cabinet interest revived in Dallas

13 February 2023

The Curated Home sale at Heritage in Dallas on February 24 includes this pair of Louis XVI-style gilt bronze mounted parquetry and marquetry side cabinets.


Tiffany dragonfly lamp to delight

13 February 2023

Sotheby’s New York holds an online auction titled Design that runs from March 7-14.