Museums and Institutions

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Hairy portrait bought by institution

02 January 2018

A 17th century portrait of a woman who suffered from a rare congenital condition resulting in excessive hair growth on the body has been acquired by the Wellcome Collection.

Barbara van Beck

Dealers sell rare portrait of bearded woman to Wellcome Collection

31 December 2017

London dealers Agnews and Rafael Valls have jointly sold a 17th century portrait of a woman who suffered from a rare congenital condition to the Wellcome Collection.

Cannons

Cannons from a 17th century English warship return to UK for Southend museum

15 December 2017

Recovered from a US buyer, three historic cannons are returning to Southend for a new exhibition.

 Adriaen Coorte still life

Works from ex-TEFAF President’s collection head to the National Gallery

15 December 2017

Four Old Master paintings from the collection of the late president of TEFAF, Willem Baron van Dedem, have been donated to the National Gallery.

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Miner turned vet then art historian comes to Winchester exhibition

13 December 2017

In covering art and antiques, it is easy to overlook the role of the collector in among the people who created objects in the first place, and of course the dealers and auctioneers who sell them. But one collector, the late David Brown, is the subject of a show coming up in Winchester.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Saudi prince identified as buyer of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi as $450m painting heads to The Louvre Abu Dhabi

09 December 2017

A member of the Saudi royal family has been identified as the winning bidder of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi.

Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi

Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi heads to The Louvre Abu Dhabi

06 December 2017

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has announced on Twitter that Leonardo's Salvator Mundi is heading to the newly opened museum in the Middle East.

Winfarthing treasure

Boom in metal-detecting helps ‘treasure’ numbers hit a record

05 December 2017

A record amount of ‘treasure’ has been found in Britain’s fields and ditches by members of the public in the past year.

'The Oyster Meal'

Painting looted by Nazis and found on Lord Mayor of London’s wall returned to heir

06 November 2017

A 17th-century Dutch painting looted during the Second World War, which has been in the collection of the Lord Mayor of the City of London since the 1980s, is finally being returned to its rightful heir.

Design Centre

Seven snaps from the opening party of the ‘East Meets West’ exhibition at Chelsea Harbour's Design Centre

03 November 2017

The art and antiques trade, collectors, designers and art-lovers descended on the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour on November 1 for the opening of the 'East Meets West' exhibition.

Wilton

V&A preserves a piece of music hall history with Wilton's archives

31 October 2017

The oldest surviving music hall in the world, Wilton's, has given its complete archive to the V&A, saving the history of its eclectic performing arts at the venue for posterity.

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Louvre aims to buy £8m Book of Hours

30 October 2017

The Louvre museum in Paris is hoping to raise more than £8m to buy a jewel-encrusted Book of Hours.

Bennett

Charity art auction raises more than £100,000 for a national centre for Thomas Gainsborough

26 October 2017

Works by artists Antony Gormley and Maggi Hambling were among 130 lots sold at auction to raise more than £100,000 to create a national centre for the artist Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) in Sudbury.

West Dean

West Dean College bolsters conservation expertise with new appointments

10 October 2017

West Dean College, a centre for conservation and creative arts, has appointed two new subject leaders in clocks and metalwork.

Tumbler

Chester’s Grosvenor Museum unveils 17th century silver tumbler after purchase by charitable trust

06 October 2017

A silver tumbler made by 17th century Chester silversmith Peter Pemberton has been bought by a trust to ensure it will stay on public display in its home town.

Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, Suffolk

Works by Maggi Hambling and Antony Gormley to feature in auction to help ‘transform’ Gainsborough’s House into national centre

04 October 2017

An auction of contemporary and post-war British art will be held in Sudbury this month to raise funds to establish a national centre for the artist Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88).

Tate Britain

Anthony Caro sculptures allocated to the Tate after settling £2.7m tax bill

02 October 2017

Two abstract sculptures by Sir Anthony Caro have been acquired for the nation as part of the ‘Acceptance in Lieu’ scheme. Together they have settled £2.7m of inheritance tax due from the estate of Caro’s wife, the artist Sheila Girling, who died in 2015.

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Trade gears up for Chippendale anniversary

02 October 2017

Dealers in English furniture are putting their weight behind events in 2018 marking the life of Britain’s most famous furniture maker, designer and entrepreneur, Thomas Chippendale (1718-79).

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Philip Mould and National Gallery of Ireland among buyers at Yeats collection sale at Sotheby’s

28 September 2017

Dealer Philip Mould was among the bidders at Sotheby’s sale of the Yeats collection this week.

Rivera

Sotheby’s new exhibition prize awards $280,000 to museum shows

28 September 2017

Auction house Sotheby’s has awarded two US museums a prize of $125,000 each as part of its new exhibition competition.

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