Museums and Institutions

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Celebrating Japanese woodblock artists and the Brits they inspired at galleries and auction

18 January 2017

The beautiful Japanese woodblock prints created by artists such as Hokusai and Hiroshige inspired similar works across the world and most famously the paintings of Van Gogh.

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Bronze Age jug returned to Turkey

17 January 2017

A Bronze Age artefact from Anatolia has been returned to Turkey after a ceremony at the Turkish Embassy in London.

TEFAF 2016

Three projects awarded TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund for 2017

16 January 2017

The Musée Rodin and the Detroit Institute of Arts have been awarded the TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund for conservation.

16th century large-scale portrait of Queen Elizabeth I

Review of the Year 2016 - Saved for the Nation

27 December 2016

Important works of art sold to overseas buyers are typically subject to temporary export bans in the hope that a buyer can be found to keep them in the UK - here we offer our top five 2016 purchases

William Orpen drawing

Whyte’s broker sale of William Orpen archive to National Gallery of Ireland

21 December 2016

An archive of over 400 letters and drawings by Sir William Orpen (1878-1931) has been acquired by the National Gallery of Ireland in a deal brokered by Dublin auctioneers Whyte’s.

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Dealer Roger Keverne donates pirate painting to Hong Kong museum

15 December 2016

Asian art dealers Roger and Miranda Keverne donated a Chinese export painting, depicting pirates on the China coast, to the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.

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Watercolour of Henry VIII’s famed lost Palace of Nonsuch saved for the nation

09 December 2016

The earliest and most detailed depiction of Henry VIII’s famed lost Palace of Nonsuch will soon be on public display after The Victoria & Albert Museum saved it for the nation.

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Museum slams ‘Van Gogh sketchbook’

09 December 2016

The Van Gogh Museum has issued an extraordinary public rebuttal to the release of ‘Vincent van Gogh: The Lost Arles Sketchbook’, criticising the authors for their “excessively easy going attitude… towards questions of authenticity”.

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Restoration firm Plowden & Smith wins project for Scotland’s oldest concert hall as it celebrates 50 years in business

06 December 2016

Conservation and restoration firm Plowden & Smith has won a new contract to help the University of Edinburgh renovate Scotland’s oldest concert hall.

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Design Museum moves west to Kensington

01 December 2016

The Design Museum has relocated to Kensington in west London and reopened after a £83m redevelopment of the 1960s Grade II* listed modernist building. Its new home is in the former Commonwealth Institute, originally a ground breaking mid-century design which opened in 1962.

V&A

The Victoria & Albert Museum unveils 500 objects from its Gilbert Collection

22 November 2016

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries in the Victoria & Albert Museum has re-opened with more than 500 objects on display, free to the public.

Monarch of the Glen

Monarch of the Glen withdrawn from Christie’s auction as museum and owner make deal

17 November 2016

Edwin Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen has been withdrawn from auction at Christie’s following an agreement between the consignor and the National Galleries of Scotland to help the museum retain the iconic painting.

Prince of Wales

Mason museum buys rare glass painting of Grand Master

09 November 2016

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry in London has revealed the latest addition to its collection.

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Ashmolean Museum aims to save Anglo-Saxon hoard before it gets "broken up"

07 November 2016

The Ashmolean Museum has made a significant stride towards the retention of a Viking hoard with the receipt of a grant of more than £1.1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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National Portrait Gallery launches appeal to secure Lawrence portrait of Duke of Wellington

03 November 2016

The National Portrait Gallery today launched an appeal to finish raising the £1.3m necessary to secure Thomas Lawrence’s portrait of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington for its collection.

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Nelson portrait with Emma Hamilton connection at Charles Miller auction

01 November 2016

An antique’s appearance in an exhibition in a gallery or museum can help boost auction value in several ways. One factor after the show is adding to the provenance: this item was so important it was selected for a landmark display on the artist or designer.

Fangzun wine vessel from the late Shang dynasty

Five Chinese rarities from Japan’s Fujita Museum being sold at Christie’s New York

27 October 2016

Christie’s New York have announced the sale of more than 30 pieces of Chinese art from Osaka’s Fujita Museum which will be offered at auction next year.

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The Irish 20p coin from 1985 which could be worth £7000-8000

25 October 2016

It is not always the most obviously valuable coins that make the most at auction. Or even the ones with the highest original value. A humble Irish 20p dating from the relatively recent year of 1985 is a good case in point.

Musée d’Orsay receives pledge of private collection estimated at €350m

24 October 2016

A 600-work collection of late 19th and early 20th century French paintings worth an estimated €350m has been pledged to the Musee d’Orsay.

St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child is attributed to the workshop of Dieric Bouts the Elder

Recently rescued national treasure to go on public display

17 October 2016

An Old Master painting recently saved for the nation by the Bowes Museum is set to be showcased at a new exhibition held in the painting’s new home.

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