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.

Givenchy sale

First part of the Givenchy sale at Christie’s Paris an 'historic night for decorative arts'

15 June 2022

The first in a series of auctions of items from two homes of the late fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy was a white glove affair

William Shakespeare’s First Folio

Copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio comes to New York auction

14 June 2022

An original copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, printed 400 years ago, will be offered at Sotheby’s in New York on July 21 with an estimate of $1.5m-2.5m (£1.2m-2m).

Shipping of artworks

‘Breakthrough’ for shipping art by sea

13 June 2022

Plans to drastically reduce the carbon emissions of the art and antiques sector by cutting air freight have been put forward by a group of art market businesses.

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TEFAF: Special date for the summer

13 June 2022

Flagship art fair TEFAF Maastricht has a later date than before as it returns to being an in-person event this year.

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Declaration before the declaration

13 June 2022

“Congress have judged it necessary to dissolve all Connection between Great Britain, and the American Colonies; and to declare them free and independent States…”

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Previews: International

13 June 2022

A selection of upcoming lots this summer season from international auctions.

Racing chronograph

Pick of the week: Wheel time measured by real time machine

06 June 2022

By 1920, as a new era of aero-engined racing cars threatened to break the 100mph barrier, the emerging sport of motor racing required better and more precise time-keeping.

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Porcelain displays skills of a Polish master

06 June 2022

This Vienna porcelain tea bowl and saucer from the 1720s is painted en camaieu by Ignaz Preissler (1676-1741).

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An exceptional English chronometer auctioned in Hamburg

06 June 2022

This English deck chronometer is Molyneux No 1326 – made by the London maker Robert Molyneux in c.1830.

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Peacock chair struts to five figures

06 June 2022

Inspired by British Windsor chairs, the Danish designer Hans J Wegner created his so-called Peacock chair in 1947.

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Majorelle arrowhead table points to top-quality Art Nouveau

06 June 2022

The latter years of the 19th century and the first of the 20th marked the most productive era of the French designer Louis Majorelle.

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Porcelain plaque inspired by Hofmann

06 June 2022

Twenty-five finely decorated porcelain plaques, several from the legacy of a German aristocratic family, are being sold at auction.

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Frankenstein first now in second place

06 June 2022

Just one other example of Mary Shelley’s famous tale has made more at auction

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Just what the doctor ordered

06 June 2022

Numerous pieces in the Asian art sale at Lempertz in Cologne on June 11 come from the collection of the German doctor Ludwig Jansen.

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Alice Bailly loved both art and music

06 June 2022

In 1923, soon after the Swiss avant-garde artist Alice Bailly painted her 2ft 2in x 20in (65 x 50cm) canvas La cantatrice, it was bought by the collector Friedrich Trüssel at an exhibition in Bern.

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San Frantastic views sold locally

06 June 2022

Maps and views of San Francisco were among the principal attractions of an April 21 sale held by local auction house PBA Galleries (25/20% buyer’s premium) to disperse the first portion of the Charles Fraccia Collection.

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Buddhist deity forges ahead

06 June 2022

Among the numerous sculptures for sale at Nagel’s June 13-14 auction of Asian art in Stuttgart is the ferocious figure of the Tibetan Buddhist deity Dorje Legpa in the incarnation of Damchen Garwai Nakpo, or the Lord of the Forge.

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Talent torn apart by tragedies

06 June 2022

Two paintings sold in German auctions were produced by artists killed in wartime

Silver-gilt and porcelain cutlery set

Pick of the week: Tuck into a Meissen and Augsburg treat

30 May 2022

From the very beginning, the Meissen factory sought close trade relations with the Augsburg goldsmiths.

Revolvers presented to Ulysses S Grant

Civil War general Grant's revolvers set US saleroom house record

30 May 2022

A pair of revolvers presented to American Civil War general and later US president Ulysses S Grant soldfor $4.4m (£3.61m) or $5.17m with premium.

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