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Chinese bronze vessel

Stolen ancient bronze recovered 40 years later and returned to China

07 February 2024

A 2900-year-old Chinese bronze vessel that was stolen 40 years ago has been returned to China following a repatriation ceremony.

New recruits

New faces at auction houses in the UK and overseas

25 January 2024

A new director at a West Sussex firm and expansion in Sheffield are among the latest Movers & Shakers across the world of art and antiques.

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Seoul mates: British dealers stand at second Frieze in Korean capital

04 September 2023

Les Enluminures offers a European emerald and enamel solitaire ring, c.1680-1720, at the second edition of Frieze Seoul.

Stone idol

Looted 8th century stone goddesses found in English garden to return to India

12 July 2023

Two stone idols taken from a temple in India more than 40 years ago are to be returned after being recovered in the UK.

Directors of Adrian Alan

Hires, promotions and relocations – the latest art and antiques news

31 May 2023

From a new boss of Christie’s Asia to a Brighton antiques gallery move, here is a round up of auction house and dealer updates from around the world.

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Navigate your way round Breitling Navitimer dial styles

27 February 2023

Over the years, the Navitimer has undergone a variety of cosmetic and mechanical changes. Pictured here are three iterations of the watch as it evolved across two decades.

Guangxu kamcheng

Straits Settlement new high set at Singapore auction

23 January 2023

A record for Peranakan or Straits Settlement porcelain was set at an auction in Singapore when a Guangxu kamcheng took Sin$74,000 (£46,000).

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Sixteen lots from renowned Transitional porcelain collection reunited after Hong Kong sale

19 December 2022

Sir Michael Butler (1927-2013) was part of that post-war generation of ‘gentlemen in the professions’ who chose collecting as their primary leisure activity.

Gemma Sudlow

Expansion and hires including Hindman to open a New York saleroom

22 November 2022

Hindman launching in New York and Sotheby’s expanding in Asia are among the latest updates across the world of art and antiques.

Roy Raftery

A new collectables department in Surrey and hires in London – the latest moves across the world of art and antiques

08 November 2022

The launch of a new sale of Retro Video Games at Ewbank’s is among a round-up of recruitment and expansion news for auction houses.

Armchair

Qing vase and Ming armchair make eight figure sums as bidders compete in Hong Kong

17 October 2022

One boasted an illustrious ‘Fonthill heirloom’ provenance, the other a Hotung collection background

A Phillips auction in Hong Kong

Phillips expands into China

22 September 2022

Phillips has agreed a tie-up with Chinese auction house Yongle.

Ree Bong Sang painting

Frieze shows it has Seoul

12 September 2022

'Sky, Mountain, Forest,' a 1963 painting by Korean artist Ree Bong Sang (1916-70) was among the sales at the Frieze Masters section of the inaugural Frieze Seoul.

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Chippendale chairs feature at Sotheby’s sale of the Joseph Hotung collection

30 August 2022

Sotheby’s will sell around 400 works from the collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung (1930-2021) across a series of dedicated auctions in Hong Kong in October and London in December.

Frieze Masters to make Korean debut

07 July 2022

Frieze is launching a Korean art fair and has signed up 110 galleries for the event scheduled for September 2-5.

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Cartier’s clock mystery solved

04 July 2022

On June 23 Bonhams Hong Kong sold a version of Cartier’s first-ever mystery clock: the Model A.

Soapstone seal

Winning the seal of approval: Emperor’s stamp from Wou Kiuan collection brings £13m

09 May 2022

A soapstone seal used by the emperor Qianlong to express his approval of paintings and calligraphy in the imperial collection sold at auction in Hong Kong for HK$131m (£13m) on April 29.

Ewbank's

New hires and promotions across auction houses and dealerships in the UK and overseas

16 March 2022

The latest jobs news in the art and antiques sector.

Bodhisattva

Looted bodhisattva sculpture returned to India via Italy

15 February 2022

With help from Christopher Marinello’s Art Recovery International, an 8th-9th century bodhisattva sculpture, looted from a temple in India has been recovered.

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Latest appointments at Sotheby's, Phillips and Freeman's

24 January 2022

Phillips has appointed Jean-Paul Engelen to the newly created role of president, Americas. In addition, he will continue as worldwide co-head of 20th century and Contemporary art.

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