Museums and Institutions

Portrait of Algernon Moses Marsden

Tissot’s iconic portrait saved for the nation with funding from sitter’s descendants

08 December 2022

A portrait of art dealer Algernon Moses Marsden (1847–1920) by Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836–1902) has been purchased for the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery with funding from descendants of Marsden.

Lalique vase

Plea for help to find stolen Lalique glass vase

23 November 2022

Police are appealing for help to track down a stolen Lalique glass vase.

Paul Follot tea set

Rare Wedgwood Art Deco tea set and drawings by French designer Paul Follot bought by V&A

10 November 2022

A Wedgwood Art Deco tea and coffee set and the original design drawings by Paul Follot (1877-1941) have been bought by the Victoria and Albert Museum and put on display at the World of Wedgwood museum in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Portrait miniatures collecting can start small

07 November 2022

How can an enthusiast create a museum-quality collection without vast sums of money?

Chinese jardiniere

Walpole’s cat-killing fish bowl returns to Strawberry Hill

24 October 2022

A Chinese jardiniere once used as a fish bowl by Horace Walpole (1717-97) is to return to his Strawberry Hill home.

Arent DePeyster

Pick of the week: American who fought against independence

17 October 2022

While many US museums display portraits of famous Patriots from the War of Independence, especially the likes of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Nathanael Greene, pictures of Loyalists are less common in their collections.

Houses of Parliament

New Charities Act will allow UK museums to deaccession parts of their collections

29 September 2022

An update to the Charities Act coming into force over the next year will allow museums in the UK to deaccession some items.

Goldsmiths' Hall

Goldsmiths' Fair celebrates 40 years with exhibition of 40 pieces of silver and jewellery

15 September 2022

As part of the next Goldsmiths' Fair this month 40 pieces from the Goldsmiths’ Company’s collection will be on display.

Marble head

Met museum hands back looted artefacts

12 September 2022

Twenty-seven looted artefacts seized from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art have been returned to Italy and Egypt as part of longrunning investigations by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit.

Omai

National Portrait Gallery leads call to raise £50m to keep Reynolds’ Omai portrait in the UK

03 September 2022

Sir Joshua Reynolds’ portrait of Omai has been blocked from export to give institutions time to raise the funds to keep it in the UK and the National Portrait Gallery is leading the efforts.

Ellerby coin hoard

Gold coin hoard discovered in a cup under a North Yorkshire kitchen floor comes to auction

01 September 2022

A family re-laying their kitchen floor in their home in Ellerby, North Yorkshire, discovered 264 gold coins stored in a small cup.

Christ carrying the Cross

National Gallery acquires two paintings via government tax scheme

09 August 2022

Two Italian pictures have joined the National Gallery’s collection via the government’s inheritance tax scheme.

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Collector interview: Toys are there to share, after all

08 August 2022

US collector tells us why he’s so keen to open a museum displaying his purchases

Constable's Colliers unloading on Hove Beach

John Constable painting from Danny Katz's collection goes on show at Brighton's Royal Pavilion

25 July 2022

London art dealer Danny Katz is loaning a John Constable (1776-1837) painting which he bought at Sotheby’s last year to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion.

Curwen Print Study Centre

Auction house calls for funding help for art centre’s archive

05 July 2022

Auction house Sworders is supporting and promoting a fundraising effort for a local arts centre.

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Museums make 300 new purchases thanks to Art Fund

27 June 2022

Close to 300 objects and works of art found permanent homes in UK museums and galleries thanks to contributions from the Art Fund charity, a new report reveals.

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A Bright idea for a new museum

27 June 2022

After 50 years of buying at markets and shops, Oscar winner opens new venue to the public.

Nicholas Sprimont picture

Ceramics dealer E&H Manners buys Nicholas Sprimont portrait again – this time for the V&A

13 June 2022

A historically significant portrait of Nicholas Sprimont (1716-71) is set to stay in the UK after dealer Errol Manners sold it for the second time in his career – this time to the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Nicolas Poussin's Confirmation

UK buyer sought for £19m Nicolas Poussin picture

11 June 2022

A temporary export bar has been placed on a Nicolas Poussin picture in the hope a UK buyer can be found to pay £19m and keep it in the country.

Bust of Robert Browning

Browning museum archive comes to auction in Essex

30 May 2022

Museum contents devoted to the celebrated Victorian poets Robert Browning (1812-89) and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61) will be offered this month.

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