Museums and Institutions

Victoria and Albert Museum wall hanging

V&A Museum buys large embroidery made for Louis XIV’s mistress at Brussels fair

03 April 2018

The Victoria & Albert Museum has purchased a rare 17th century wall hanging from the Belgian restorer and weaver De Wit Fine Tapestries.

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Saleroom selection: five lots from former V&A director’s collection offered at auction

27 March 2018

Works from the collection of Dr Alan Borg, former director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, will be offered at auction tomorrow at London saleroom 25 Blythe Road with estimates ranging from £100 up to £1000.

Gosvenor Museum

Charitable trust buys French rococo chairs for Chester museum collection

27 March 2018

A charitable trust has bought two pairs of 18th century French chairs from National Galleries of Scotland for a museum in Chester.

Ivory debate

Expert panel discusses controversial ivory trade ban at The Courtauld Institute

26 March 2018

How an ivory ban proposed by government will actually work is the focus for the art market, according to a panel of experts at The Courtauld Institute.

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National Portrait Gallery seeks help from trade to grow collection

26 March 2018

The UK's National Portrait Gallery (NPG) has funding in place for vernacular portraits ‘owned by ordinary people’. It is calling on the trade to help it acquire works for a new exhibition centred on identity before the era of painted portraiture.

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‘Bigger and better’ Liotard portrait sold to German museum

26 March 2018

A private museum in south-west Germany has bought a portrait by Swiss artist Jean- Etienne Liotard (1702-89) from London Old Master dealer Derek Johns.

Hornsey Town Hall memorabilia

Contents of Hornsey Town Hall to be auctioned ahead of redevelopment

07 March 2018

Ever wanted to own a Hornsey Town Hall jerry can, street sign or some ARP memorabilia? Or perhaps some old computers, scientific equipment and vintage school lockers?

Beattie

Basil Beattie stars at latest instalment of Royal Academy’s Art Sales programme

03 March 2018

The Royal Academy opened a selling show this week show featuring to work of RA artist Basil Beattie.

Photograph

First quarterly London Photograph Fair of 2018 held this weekend

02 March 2018

The next quarterly London Photograph Fair, which takes place this weekend, is a source for thousands of rare and unusual photos.

Fonteyn

From fifties fashion to Churchill: photographs by Elsbeth Juda go up for sale in London

28 February 2018

The Jewish Museum has opened a retrospective of the late British photographer Elsbeth Juda, a Jewish émigré who brought a new modernist artistic vision to Britain from Germany.

Degas

Stolen Degas painting found on a bus near Paris eight years after art theft

26 February 2018

Edgar Degas’ impressionist picture ‘Les Choristes’ (The Chorus Singers) was stolen while it was on loan to The Musée Cantini in Marseille in 2009 from Musee d'Orsay in Paris.

Teapot

The story behind the Met’s epic £460,000 auction battle for ‘America’s first china teapot’

26 February 2018

A hitherto unrecorded teapot attributed to a pioneering North American porcelain factory sold last week for a remarkable £460,000 (plus premium) at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury.

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New York’s Met Museum wins bidding for early American teapot at Salisbury auction – video

21 February 2018

An early American porcelain teapot sold for £460,000 at a Woolley & Wallis auction in Salisbury this week is now on its way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Book of Hours

Louvre secures funding from 8500 donors to buy £8m Book of Hours once owned by Francis I of France

20 February 2018

The Louvre Museum in Paris has raised more than £8m to buy a jewel-encrusted Book of Hours.

Coin cabinet

Spink-sponsored British Museum exhibition aims to bring numismatics to the public

20 February 2018

The British Museum is to hold an exhibition on money and medals in a tie-up with specialist London coin and stamp auction Spink.

V&A

Museum acquisitions under threat from lack of funding report warns

16 February 2018

Museums in the UK have been selling off their collections and have been unable to buy new works of art due to funding issues, a “deeply depressing” report has revealed.

Chippendale secretaire

Spectacular Leeds show kicks off Thomas Chippendale anniversary events – video tour

14 February 2018

Furniture maker Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) is 300 years old and across this year a series of events is taking place to mark the tercentenary. Here ATG takes a video tour around Leeds City Museum as the first exhibition was being set up to kick off the celebrations.

Beads

Appeal to help find stolen Anglo-Saxon beads and coins following Canterbury theft

13 February 2018

The Canterbury Archaeology Trust is appealing for help to find the 850 Anglo-Saxon glass beads, multiple coins, metal artefacts and bone objects that have been stolen in a series of thefts from a storeroom in Kent.

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Chippendale under 300-year spotlight

12 February 2018

The first of a series of events to mark the tercentenary of Thomas Chippendale’s birth has opened at Leeds City Museum.

Suffragettes

Demand surges for suffragette memorabilia as 100th anniversary of women getting the vote is celebrated

06 February 2018

On the 100th anniversary of The Representation of the People Act 1918, where women over the age of 30 were first given the vote, ATG selects some of the most significant items that have emerged for sale.

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