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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Rediscovered Jean-Antoine Houdon busts offered in New York State

04 March 2019

Two rediscovered marble busts by the French 18th century sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828) are to be offered in Cottone Auctions’ next sale in Geneseo on March 23.

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French art glass offered in Kansas auction

04 March 2019

Plenty of French art glass features in Woody Auction’s March 9 sale in Douglass, Kansas, including this bowl by Daum.

Sotheby's

Sotheby’s boosted by online and private sales

04 March 2019

Sotheby’s has reported a 16% jump in sales to $6.4bn (£4.8bn) for 2018 – a reward for its focus on growing online and private sales. Profit, or adjusted net income, improved by 5.9% to $128.9m.

British and Irish book auctions: March 5-16, 2019

04 March 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from March 5-16, 2019.

Vetting debate: Pros and cons of a policy shift

04 March 2019

Art dealers and auction house experts were struck from all TEFAF vetting panels following the introduction of a new global policy last year.

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Mexican anthropomorphic mask offered in Paris

04 March 2019

Paris is a centre for auctions of Pre-Columbian art. On March 18 Copages is offering an Italian collection of works that were sourced from major salerooms such as Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Loudmer as well as specialist dealers like Galerie Mermoz and the Emmeritz Gallery.

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Pre-Columbian sale at Christie’s Paris includes Aztec stone sculpture

04 March 2019

On April 9 Christie’s will be holding a Pre-Columbian sale featuring the 90-lot collection formed by Felix and Heidi Stoll from Basel as well as around 50 pieces from other vendors.

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Early years of photography celebrated at Chartres sale

04 March 2019

Vintage photographic equipment will be up for grabs at the Ivoire Chartres auction firm on March 9-10.

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Louis XIV French table clock emerges in Dallas auctions

04 March 2019

This early 18th century Louis XIV French table clock is part of a selection of 19 early European timekeepers that feature in Heritage Auctions’ fine and decorative arts sale in Dallas on March 8-10.

Flemish painting

Rare Flemish Old Master sells for more than $2m at auction in Philadelphia as Freeman's confirm premises move

01 March 2019

A total of 18 phones competed for a rare devotional painting offered by a New York institution at Freeman’s in Philadelphia this week.

Meiji vase

Renowned collector Nasser Khalili revealed as buyer of ‘lost’ monumental Meiji vase as he reunites it with original set

01 March 2019

The Khalili Collections revealed it was the buyer of the ‘lost’ monumental Meiji cloisonné vase that surfaced for sale in California last month.

The ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’

The ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’ – painting found in French attic valued at £100m to be offered without reserve at auction

28 February 2019

A marketing drive has begun for the sale of a painting touted as the ‘Toulouse Caravaggio (1571-1610)’. The picture was unveiled in London today ahead of its auction in France in June.

Sotheby's

Private sales boost auction house Sotheby’s results as turnover jumps 16%

28 February 2019

Sotheby’s reported a 16% jump in sales last year to $6.4bn (£4.8bn).

Muller

Major selection of German Expressionist works come to auction in New York

28 February 2019

Swann Auction Galleries is to sell a major selection of German Expressionist works from one of the movement’s most important collections next week.

Sotheby's New Bond Street

Sotheby’s and Phillips raise buyer’s premium with new rates higher than Christie’s

26 February 2019

Auction house Sotheby’s has increased its buyer’s premium to a level that goes beyond the recent changes announced by Christie’s.

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Huge ‘lost’ Meiji vase goes from seafood restaurant to saleroom

25 February 2019

A monumental cloisonné vase – the previously missing element to a triptych made for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago – sold for $110,000 (£85,000) in California.

‘Venus and Cupid’ by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Trio of high-value Old Master paintings enter museums

25 February 2019

Three major Old Master acquisitions by museums have been announced over the last fortnight. They include two works that headlined London’s latest auction series in this category.

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Form and function makes the difference for 17th century ceramics and metalwork

25 February 2019

The models used in 17th century ceramics were typically derived from contemporary metalwork – and occasionally vice versa.

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Stuart needlework adds rarity to mirror at Vogel sale

25 February 2019

This 2ft (60cm) high Charles II needlework looking glass worked with figures and fantastical beasts emblematic of the seasons was estimated at $10,000-15,000 but sold at $80,000 (£61,500) in the Vogel collection auction at Sotheby's New York.

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‘Surrey’ enamel candlestick draws admirers in New York

25 February 2019

This exceptional candlestick belongs to a small group of cast and enamelled brass wares made in the second half of the 17th century. All are distinguished by their method of production: unlike champlévé or cloisonné decoration, the enamelled fields were cast in the mould.

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