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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Al Thani dispersal at Christie's was unparalleled in recent memory

22 July 2019

The marathon 12-hour 'Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence' auction of jewellery and works of art from the Al Thani family held in New York last month was a once-in-a-generation event.

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The web shop window: Ornate ash armoire with a mysterious past

22 July 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Qing period gold wedding boxes emerge at Singapore auction

22 July 2019

A pair of 20ct gold wedding boxes dating from the late Qing period is on offer (one shown here). Both are embossed with the 12 symbols of the Chinese zodiac with the lids decorated with the sign of the Dragon and the Rabbit identifying each marriage partner.

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Local scenes on offer at Brittany auction

22 July 2019

Alongside traditional examples of furniture, pictures, jewellery and works of art, Jack-Philippe Ruellan’s July 27 Summertime à Vannes auction will feature plenty of items associated with the local area: paintings showing views of Brittany and examples of its well-known Quimper pottery.

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Italian 'wave' lounge chairs offered in Los Angeles

22 July 2019

This pair of c.1970s Italian Onda (Wave) lounge chairs in chrome and leather designed by Giovanni Offredi for Saporiti Italia will feature in the Downtown Los Angeles Collections and Estates auction to be held on Sunday, July 28, by the Andrew Jones auction house.

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Alfred Hitchcock’s 'The 39 Steps' poster emerges in Dallas

22 July 2019

This poster for Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps is one of the rarer entries in Heritage Auctions’ July 27-28 sale of posters to be held in Dallas.

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Welbon collection yields Russian rewards

22 July 2019

Jackson’s of Cedar Falls, Iowa, has a reputation for selling Russian works of art. Its sale on July 30 will include 19 lots from the collection of William Garner Welbon (1866-1960) that have remained with his family.

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Farnham’s orchid blooms in Belgium

22 July 2019

This gold, enamel and diamond tiger orchid brooch offered by Belgian auction house Haynault of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre last month was made by Tiffany c.1890.

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Cosmographical delight and colossal crustaceans

22 July 2019

Top lot in a June 6 sale of maps, natural history and other colour plate books held in New York was a rare map by Lewis Evans of what were then still the ‘Middle British Colonies’ in America.

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Family name boosts fan sale

22 July 2019

Collection from grandson of director of the famous Duvelleroy firm is offered in Paris.

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Bloch hammers down at $80,000

22 July 2019

The Hammerhead shark plate shown below is not as colourful as many of the other 432 featured in a generally fine and complete copy of Marcus Elieser Bloch’s Ichthyologie… sold recently, but certainly one of the more eye-catching.

British and Irish book auctions: July 23-August 3, 2019

22 July 2019

Our listing of British and Irish book auctions taking place from July 23-August 3, 2019.

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5 Questions: Alexis Pentcheff

22 July 2019

Alexis Pentcheff's gallery in Marseille offers 19th and 20th century paintings.

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TEFAF opens Showcase applications

18 July 2019

TEFAF is accepting applications for its 2020 Maastricht Showcase.

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Pick of the week: A woman’s first-hand view of the Cape

15 July 2019

Two previously unpublished watercolours painted by Lady Anne Barnard (1750-1825) during her momentous visit to the Cape of Good Hope emerged for sale at Stephan Welz & Co in South Africa earlier this month. They came for sale from the descendants of Lady Anne who had owned them since 1966.

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Palace of Versailles buys back €4m rococo commode from US collector

15 July 2019

A Louis XV period rococo commode made in 1744 for the Château de Versailles has returned home after more than 30 years out of France.

British and Irish book auctions: July 16-27, 2019

15 July 2019

Our listing of British and Irish book auctions taking place from July 16-27, 2019.

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Romantic Russians in figure form

15 July 2019

The Patriotic War of 1812 stirred up powerful feelings of national pride in Russia.

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Asian buyers compete for works from European collections in German and Austrian specialist auctions

15 July 2019

Far and away the highest result for an Asian work of art in recent sales in Germany, Austria and Switzerland was the spectacular price of SFr4.2m (£3.3m) achieved by Koller in Zurich for a Chinese bronze censer (see front page, ATG No 2397).

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Flemish flowers take highest price at Drouot so far in 2019

15 July 2019

At a €2.7m (£2.45m) hammer price, a 17th century Flemish flower painting was the toast of the Old Master picture results in Paris this year. It was also the highest price recorded at the Drouot auction centre so far for 2019.

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