Museums and Institutions

Dickens

Charles Dickens 'lost portrait' purchase for the nation fundraising hits £60,000

21 January 2019

A public fund-raising effort to purchase the ‘lost’ portrait of Charles Dickens for the nation from dealership Philip Mould & Company has reached £60,000, a third of the asking price.

Vilhelm Hammershoi painting

Getty Museum buys classic Danish interior scene by Vilhelm Hammershøi

19 December 2018

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has bought a painting by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) barely months after it fetched a major sum at a Christie’s auction.

Pendant

Anglo-Saxon pendant found in Norfolk field voted Britain’s favourite work of art

18 December 2018

A rare Anglo-Saxon pendant found in Norfolk by a metal detectorist has been voted Britain’s favourite work of art bought by a museum.

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Bowes Museum celebrates 200 years of the antiques trade

17 December 2018

The antiques trade is to be celebrated in the New Year at a museum exhibition in County Durham.

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They said what!? Philip Mould on the ivory ban and other quotes from the arts and antiques market this week

16 December 2018

This week members of the market reacted to the coming ivory ban, the sale of a Star Wars sketchbook and the rise in finding treasure.

Bulla

Metal-detecting trend boosts ‘treasure’ discoveries as numbers hit a record for second year running

13 December 2018

Bronze Age golden jewellery and a Roman goddess kept in a margarine tub are among the discoveries dug up across the UK.

Bronze

Rare Summer Palace bronze found in British seaside bungalow returns to China

11 December 2018

An exceptionally rare Western Zhou bronze, taken when the Summer Palace was sacked by British troops in 1860, has been returned to China.

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Museum's tribute to Manxman Archibald Knox

10 December 2018

A c.1900 gold and enamel Archibald Knox (1864-1933) necklace is among the items lent by Anthony Bernbaum of The Peartree Collection for an exhibition at the Manx Museum.

Dickens

Art dealer and Fake or Fortune? presenter Philip Mould rediscovers Charles Dickens miniature

22 November 2018

Dealer and Fake or Fortune? presenter Philip Mould has rediscovered a portrait miniature of Charles Dickens which will now go on public display.

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Pre-emptions in Paris: Four of the latest museum purchases at the Drouot auction centre

05 November 2018

The right of French museums to claim a lot offered at auction as soon as the final price is determined by the fall of the hammer always adds an extra dimension to any auction in France.

Titanic

Museums hit out at Titanic artefacts auction process

12 October 2018

The National Maritime Museum and National Museums Northern Ireland claim the bidding process in the sale of more than 5500 artefacts from the wreck of the doomed Titanic prevented them from submitting a formal offer.

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Palace of Versailles buys Chinese silver ewer in private deal

24 September 2018

A rare 17th century Chinese silver ewer has been acquired by the Palace of Versailles in a private treaty sale conducted by the auction firm Beaussant Lefèvre. It is the only known surviving piece of silverware from a lavish diplomatic gift presented to Louis XIV by the King of Siam (Thailand) in 1686.

Teapot

British descendant donates silver teapot to Colonial Williamsburg museum

19 September 2018

A silver teapot that belonged to the last colonial governor of Virginia has been donated by a British descendant to the Colonial Williamsburg collection.

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Unveiling of Salvator Mundi at Louvre Abu Dhabi delayed

04 September 2018

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism is postponing the unveiling of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ at The Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Dylan Thomas by Augustus John

Welsh connections: Christie’s brokers sale of Augustus John portrait of Dylan Thomas to National Portrait Gallery

22 August 2018

Christie’s has helped broker the sale of portrait of a young Dylan Thomas by Augustus John (1878-1961) to the National Portrait Gallery.

Pierre Prevost’s panorama

London as the Duke of Wellington knew it: Museum of London acquires huge panorama from Sotheby’s

14 August 2018

A large 19th century panorama of London, completed towards the end of the Napoleonic Wars, has entered the Museum of London’s permanent collection after the institution acquired it at a recent Sotheby’s auction.

 Sumerian antiquities

Ancient antiquities seized from dealer returned to Iraq after British Museum research

10 August 2018

Eight Sumerian antiquities seized by the Metropolitan Police from a London dealer in 2003 are to be returned to Iraq after identification by the British Museum.

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London events celebrate British love of art and the garden

10 August 2018

Along with national characteristics such as moaning about the weather, constantly saying sorry and an eagerness to join a queue, the British love of gardening is very well known.

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Movers and Shakers: the latest arts and antiques appointments

06 August 2018

Our latest look at new roles in the art and antiques trade.

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ATG letter: Got an early Grayson Perry?

06 August 2018

MADAM – Have ATG readers got a Grayson Perry pot or plate from the 1980s lurking in their living rooms? If they have, then the Holburne Museum in Bath wants to hear from them.

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