Ethiopian dealership launches London base

25 April 2022

Contemporary African art was a topic of discussion at last month’s The Art Business Conference in London.


Ancient Libyan statue returned home with the help of The British Museum and HMRC

11 May 2021

A funerary statue from Cyrene (near present-day Shahhat in Libya) dating to the 2nd century BC is being returned to Libya.

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Promotions and appointments – news across the art and antiques sector around the world

17 March 2021

A new fair director in London, a promotion at Bonhams US and a new auction location in South Africa - here is a round-up of the latest moves.


Chinese cranes vase soars above estimate in Cape Town

14 September 2020

Estimated at Zar20,000-30,000, this 11in (28cm) ‘crane and deer’ famille rose pear-shaped vase sold for Zar2m (£91,800) at Stephan Welz (14% plus VAT buyer’s premium) in Cape Town.

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Rare Antonio Susini sculpture found in £12 box of bric-a-brac to be auctioned in Christie’s Classic Week series

08 July 2020

A Mannerist bronze discovered in a box of bric-a-brac at an auction in South Africa is to be offered at Christie’s in London this week.


Huge competition for Chinese export plates with Jacobite Highlands scenes

23 March 2020

Among the most recognisable of all the famille rose porcelain designs produced in China for export to Europe are the so-called ‘Scotsmen’ or ‘Highlander’ plates.


5 Questions: Vivien Hilton of Moonstruck Experience

06 January 2020

South African dealer Vivien Hilton of Moonstruck Experience is among the exhibitors at the upcoming Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair.

Artcurial to start holding auctions in Morocco

24 October 2019

Paris auction house Artcurial is opening an office in Morocco. Launching a permanent subsidiary in Marrakesh, the firm will now start holding regular sales at the famous La Mamounia hotel in the city from December this year.


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Two previously unpublished watercolours painted by Lady Anne Barnard (1750-1825) during her momentous visit to the Cape of Good Hope emerged for sale at Stephan Welz & Co in South Africa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.

‘Meditation, Zanzibar’ by Irma Stern

Irma Stern portrait leads South African politician’s collection of works being offered at Cape Town auction

13 March 2019

Two private collections of South African art have yielded works by some of the leading names in the market to Strauss’ sale in Cape Town on March 18.


Irma Stern portraits from two collections headline Strauss sale in Cape Town

11 March 2019

Strauss is holding its latest auction in Cape Town on March 18. Running to more than 600 lots, it offers a wide mix of material: 19th century, post-war and contemporary art, antiques and decorative arts, Asian works and jewellery.


World Book Day focus: Five classic and collectable rare books going under the hammer this month

07 March 2019

Today marks World Book Day, and while the occasion is aimed at young people, it could also be a chance for rare book collectors to take stock of their libraries and investigate some top lots in store at future auctions.


5 Questions: Jeremy Astfalck of The Old Corkscrew

03 September 2018

Jeremy Astfalck of The Old Corkscrew is a specialist silver dealer with a business encompassing all areas of the 19th and 20th century decorative arts genre. He is among the dealers at this month’s LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair.

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Rubens portrait emerges at South African auction house

16 June 2018

A portrait of an old man attributed to Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) has emerged at South African saleroom Stephan Welz & Co.

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Sotheby's to 'vigorously defend' sale of famous Egyptian bronze in court case

01 May 2018

Sotheby’s is involved in a court case surrounding the dating of a bronze sold at auction two years ago.

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The Likkle People’s copy of Jock of the Bushveld offered on online auction

30 May 2017

A signed copy of the South African classic, ‘Jock of the Bushveld’ by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, with an inscription describing it as “the first copy” of the book is being offered in an online sale ending this week.


South African art specialists launch new auction firm in Johannesburg

11 August 2016

A new auction house has been set up in South Africa. Aspire Art Auctions will hold their inaugural sale in Johannesburg on October 31.

Board changes and new appointments at Strauss & Co following death of Stephan Welz

05 July 2016

South African auction house Strauss & Co have made a number of appointments to its board in the wake of the death of founding managing director, Stephan Welz at the end of last year.

NAVA link up with Nigeria

07 April 2014

Auction reports from Nigeria don’t tend to feature too much in ATG, but maybe that could change thanks to the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA).



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