Museums and Institutions

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ATG letter: Why no Martin Brothers shows at museums?

12 June 2023

I would like to thank George Kingham of Kinghams Auctioneers and Michael Jefferies at Woolley & Wallis for organising two exhibitions to commemorate 150 years since the Martin Brothers Pottery was founded and 100 years since Robert Wallace Martin died (see ATG Nos 2587 and 2594).

Constable drawing

Constable drawing returns to Colchester

08 June 2023

A John Constable drawing of St Botolph’s Priory is to return ‘home’ after Friends of Colchester Museums purchased it from a client of auction house Roseberys.

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Collector Interview: Donation to the Met on the cards as prescribed by doctor’s order

15 May 2023

Dr Cyril Mazansky, a retired radiologist in the US, is a historian and author with a focus on UK history.

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Charles at age five failed to be popular

01 May 2023

Numismatic dealer Daniel Fearon has sold a group of bronzed galvano medals depicting Charles (then nearly five years old), The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Margaret to the British Museum’s department of coins and medals just ahead of this year’s coronation.

Roan bust

Roman bust found in Texas charity shop to return to Ludwig I’s collection in Germany after more than 70 years away

27 April 2023

A Roman bust discovered in a US charity shop and bought for just $34.99 will be repatriated to Germany.

Millicent Garrett Fawcett

Swynnerton’s Suffragette portrait of Millicent Fawcett enters Parliament

17 April 2023

A rediscovered portrait of a leading figure in the fight for women’s suffrage has been purchased for the UK Parliament.

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Omai (Mai) saga ends with a joint purchase

10 April 2023

Sir Joshua Reynolds’ Portrait of Omai, now to be known as Mai, will be bought jointly by The National Portrait Gallery and the Getty Museum after long-running discussions.

Omai

The National Portrait Gallery and Getty Museum to jointly buy Reynolds’ Omai portrait

31 March 2023

Sir Joshua Reynolds’ Portrait of Mai (Omai) has been bought jointly by The National Portrait Gallery and the Getty Museum after long-running discussions.

Jane Austen print

Jane Austen letter goes to her former house in deal brokered by Cheffins

23 March 2023

Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Hampshire has acquired a rare early example of a handwritten letter by the novelist after its sale was negotiated by Cambridge auction house Cheffins.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's anti-slavery poem

Search for UK institution to buy Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s anti-slavery manuscript

21 March 2023

An anti-slavery poem written in ancient Greek by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) has been temporarily barred from being exported from the UK.

Kellett sledge flag

Cash call from Navy museum to help buy Kellett sledge flag

14 March 2023

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is launching a fundraising plan to buy a flag from polar explorer Captain Henry Kellett (1806-75).

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Dealers land major sales as museums return to TEFAF

13 March 2023

Museum buyers were out in force for the early days of TEFAF Maastricht.

Ryedale Hoard

Treasure Act strengthened so more antiquities finds can be bought by museums

22 February 2023

The government is updating the Treasure Act so that important finds that are not part of the current legal definition can be more easily bought by museums.

Bindo Altoviti

Marble marvel: 16th century portrait on stone acquired by the Met

20 February 2023

A remarkable 16th century oil painting on marble that previously sold at Sotheby’s has been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Bust of Antoninus Pius

Getty Museum applies for export licence for Roman bust bought at London auction

14 February 2023

The Getty Museum has agreed to acquire an ancient Roman marble bust which was sold at auction in London.

Cameo collection

Dutch museum buys huge Content collection of cameos put together over four decades

13 February 2023

A huge collection of cameos bought by the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities) will now go on display at the museum in Leiden.

ATG letter: Send us your memories of Jimi Hendrix for our exhibition

13 February 2023

Handel & Hendrix in London cares for and presents to the public the homes of two of the greatest musicians ever to have lived in London.

Bronze figure

‘Medici’ brings bronze awards for museums at auction

06 February 2023

Two important Mannerist bronzes were bought by museums when a New York private collection was sold in Manhattan last month.

Tudor pendant

Metal detecting trend boosts Treasure finds in the UK

31 January 2023

Enthusiastic metal detectorists discovered 96% of archaeological and Treasure finds, according to the latest report.

Toussaint Louverture

Pick of the week: Haitian hero rides into the New York Met

23 January 2023

A drawing of Toussaint Louverture (c.1743-1803), a leader of the Haitian Revolution, has sold from London’s Nonesuch Gallery to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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