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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Monk into the swim of things at German saleroom

06 May 2019

Bought by a German collector for €115,000 (£99,140) at an auction in Cologne, a 15th century illustrated account of 'Leben der Heiligen Altväter', or ‘Lives of the Holy Fathers’, was a great rarity.

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Hong Kong antiques fair set for 12th edition

06 May 2019

The 12th edition of the International Antiques Fair takes place in Hong Kong this month at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It runs from May 24-28, coinciding with the main spring auction series held by Christie’s.

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Lion and bears give bite to French basin

06 May 2019

The highlight of a dedicated ceramics sale held at Drouot by Fraysse (22.17% buyer’s premium) was this large 16 x 22in (41 x 56cm) early French, Moustiers, faience basin made at the Clerissy factory.

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Antonio Canova idealised bust sells at €2m in Monaco

04 May 2019

An idealised marble portrait bust of a 16th century Italian noblewoman by the neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova has sold at auction in Monaco for €2m (£1.72m).

David Norman of Phillips

Phillips bolsters US business with former Sotheby's hires and Christie’s focuses on private sales - the latest Movers and Shakers

30 April 2019

A selection of appointments across the art and antiques market including Phillips hiring former Sotheby’s head of Impressionist & Modern art David Norman.

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EU cultural goods bill is ‘blow’ to market – but full impact may not be felt until 2025

29 April 2019

The art and antiques trade has described the introduction of new controls on the import of cultural goods as a “considerable blow” to the market.

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Flintlock pistols marked London hail from the Balkans

29 April 2019

The inscription London on the barrels of this pair of 19th century, silver-mounted flintlock pistols is entirely spurious.

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Gould birds volume rises high

29 April 2019

Some 150 lots of books formed part of a recent Irish auction held at Fortgranite, Baltinglass, in Co Wicklow, the home for over 200 years of the Dennis family.

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Watch takes inspiration from play that became an opera

29 April 2019

The chain of artistic influences that led to the decoration of a gold-enamel watch made by John Kenable of Frith Street in London in c.1800 can be traced back to 1766.

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Traditional Russian drinking vessel served up at auction

29 April 2019

Russian works of art are coming up for sale at Dr Fischer in Heilbronn on May 17.

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Russian collectors likely to keep an eye on Roubaud

29 April 2019

The painter Franz Roubaud (1856-1928) was born in Odessa of French parents and studied painting at the local academy and for several years in Munich. He made a name for himself with huge panoramic paintings and battle scenes.

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Raise a glass to a Mozart note

29 April 2019

Short message to a ‘true friend’ after opera debut appearance sells at Berlin auction house.

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Marvellous Meissen collection includes Kaendler cockerel

29 April 2019

It is thought that the prestigious Meissen designer Johann Joachim Kaendler drew the inspiration for his teapot in the form of a reclining cockerel from a Chinese model he found in the royal collection in Dresden.

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Blunt portrayals bring sharp bidding in Munich

29 April 2019

The German artist Heinrich Zille (1858-1929) was known for his caricatures and humorous and sometimes very blunt portrayals of the lower classes and demi-monde in Berlin around the beginning of the 20th century: his so-called milieu-studies.

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Cologne saleroom offers 115 bronze mortars from collection

29 April 2019

On May 17, Cologne auction house Lempertz is selling 115 bronze mortars from the 8th-18th centuries.

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Madonna and Minerva sculptures stand out in Vienna sale

29 April 2019

Two highly different examples of sculptural art caused the greatest stir at the sale of works of art at Kinsky (25% buyer’s premium) in Vienna on April 8-10. First up was the 3ft 5in (1.05m) high lime-wood sculpture of the Madonna with Child, flanked by two angels.

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Lucie Rie bowl among strong selection of modern British ceramics

29 April 2019

Modern British ceramics are rarely offered by German auction houses. Among the notable exceptions is the Kunst & Design Auktionshaus Schops Turowski, based in Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Stamp denotes Parisian origin

29 April 2019

This highly elaborate chest of drawers decorated in boulle marquetry technique with a variety of different figural and foliate motifs featured in the furniture session of a sale at Hampel (29.5% buyer’s premium) in Munich on March 28.

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Kinsale marrow scoop is a cut above in Crewkerne

29 April 2019

On account of its relative scarcity, all Irish silver carries a premium. It is the pieces made in small provincial centres that are most highly prized.

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Bidders suspect an Italian hand at work

29 April 2019

As a rule, Lempertz (24/20% buyer’s premium) in Cologne always opens its spring season with a sale of moderately priced Old Master and 19th century paintings.

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