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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Oyster server in Maine

09 November 2020

This 10 x 12in (25 x 30cm) Minton’s majolica revolving oyster-serving stand from c.1870 will feature in the fourth day of the auction series to be staged by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Maine from November 12-15.

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Irish fair organiser prepares for Christmas with third virtual fair

05 November 2020

Hibernian Antique Fairs opens its third virtual fair this week.

Drouot closes again as Paris locks down

02 November 2020

Paris auction centre Hôtel Drouot has been forced to close its premises after French president Emmanuel Macron announced a second national lockdown.

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Imps & Mods sales are slimmer affairs but with high selling rates

02 November 2020

The latest evening sales of Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary art held at Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9 buyer’s premium + 1% overhead premium) in New York produced very high-selling rates but they were somewhat slimmer affairs than the normal run of sales in this category.

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Sebastian Vrancx conflict scene emerges at Munich auction

02 November 2020

In the 1620s, Sebastian Vrancx was among the most prominent painters working in Antwerp. He was famed for his landscapes and village scenes, but was also renowned for his often drastically detailed depictions of battles.

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Dalpayrat vases offered in German sale

02 November 2020

Before he started producing his own ceramics in the late 1880s in Paris, at the age of 45, Adrien Dalpayrat had worked as a faïence painter in numerous other factories.

British and Irish book auctions: November 3-14, 2020

02 November 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Ten minutes to make impact

02 November 2020

The French clockmaker Antide Janvier, who constructed his first mechanical globe when he was only 15, is primarily famous for his highly complex astronomical clocks and planetaria.

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Bone up on Japanese woodblocks

02 November 2020

On November 18 Van Ham in Cologne will hold a Decorative Art auction which will include several more items from the collection of Thomas Olbricht.

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Frazetta artwork takes $1m

02 November 2020

One of two near identical artworks that Frank Frazetta made in 1970 for the dust jacket of a Doubleday re-issue of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars has sold in a Dallas auction for $1m (£781,250).

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Danish painter's contemporary view of a tragedy offered in Vienna

02 November 2020

A tragic shipwreck provided the Danish marine painter Anton Melbye and his colleague John William Bottomley, a German of Irish origin, with a dramatic subject for their 2ft x 2ft 11in (60 x 90cm) oil painting The Wreck of the Anglo Saxon from 1863.

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Rolex Dato Compax 'Olympian tribute' watch offered in November sale

02 November 2020

Dorotheum’s auction of wrist and pocket watches in Vienna on November 27 includes this Rolex Dato Compax ref 4768.

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White-glove auction as Berlin museum collection is dispersed

02 November 2020

Modern paintings and whole wunderkammer from a closed museum deliver sell-out response

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Get physical: dealers pushing their physical presence despite Covid-19 crisis

02 November 2020

Although the rise of the internet during the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a number of galleries moving online, many have also decided to persist with their bricks and mortar approach. Here are two businesses building up their physical presence in the face of ongoing uncertainty.

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Rare TR-900 survivors dive into Massachusetts auction

02 November 2020

The latest online sale of Clocks, Watches, & Scientific Instruments held by Skinner (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Marlborough, Massachusetts included two of perhaps only 50 surviving Tornek-Rayville TR-900 stainless steel dive watches.

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Online symposium addresses the history of Impressionist collecting

31 October 2020

A symposium on collecting Impressionist art is being held this month as part of the Normandie Impressioniste Festival.

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New recruits and promotions at Hindman and Swann Galleries among the latest Movers & Shakers in the US

29 October 2020

Auction houses Hindman in Chicago and Swann Galleries in New York have recently announced new roles.

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Online only auctions in Wales and Ireland as virus ‘fire breaks’ begin

26 October 2020

Auction houses in Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland are adjusting their sales calendars to accommodate the latest set of Covid-19 restrictions.

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Drouot building soon open to all auction houses

26 October 2020

Paris auction group Hôtel Drouot has reorganised its operations and will soon allow non-shareholder businesses to operate from its premises.

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Scent bottles create a fine sale aroma at Drouot

26 October 2020

A rare scent bottle designed by one of the leading figures in the French Art Nouveau movement was the highlight of a sale of perfume bottles and jewellery held by Copages (23% buyer’s premium) at Drouot in Paris.

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