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Yahoo case sets legal precedent over Internet

21 November 2001

YAHOO have succeeded in their court bid to deny French government jurisdiction over the firm’s activities outside France.

The Arts and Crafts of Christmas-stocking

21 November 2001

Although there has been talk of the furniture trade holding back at auction, dealers may now be looking to buy stock in the run-up to Christmas and the trade secured almost all of the top furniture entries in Michael J. Bowman’s 489-lot sale on 13 October.

From Naked Ape to auctioneer…

21 November 2001

DESMOND Morris is perhaps best known for his books and TV series exploring the behavioural patterns of humans and other animals. Not so well known is his fondness for collecting Ancient Cypriot Art, objects that reach back in time to an age when the society he so avidly studies was in its infancy.

Spotlight falls on Circus range

21 November 2001

WILKINSON’S/ CLARICE CLIFF: One might have expected Clarice Cliff pottery, with its very large UK collecting base, to be one of the areas of the market more resistant to economic concerns or the lack of confidence triggered by America’s low buying profile. But the jittery mood seems to have rubbed on the two most recent auctions to feature large quantities of Clarice material: that held by Christie’s South Kensington on November 2 and the Applied Arts sale at Sotheby’s Olympia.

Spink director relaunches restoration department as new company

20 November 2001

With the purchase of Spink’s furniture restoration department on November 5 by its director Peter Holmes, all eyes are now looking to see what the future holds for the remaining departments at London’s oldest antique dealer.

Davidge points finger at Taubman

20 November 2001

FORMER Christie’s managing director Christopher Davidge has told the jury in the Alfred Taubman trial that Sotheby’s ex-chairman was involved in the illegal price-fixing between the two auction houses.

Putting culture into permaculture

16 November 2001

KAARU is a design-led developmental initiative from India which has already achieved much in sustaining the sub-continent’s rich but threatened traditional arts and crafts.

Irish reattribution boosts military portrait

16 November 2001

PORTRAIT miniatures are one field that has been performing strongly in recent seasons, an area of the market where the private buyer is very much in evidence.

Temporary export bar on important Barocci study

16 November 2001

ARTS Minister Tessa Blackstone has placed a temporary bar on the export of an important drawing, Study for the Institution of the Eucharist, by Federico Barocci (1528-1612).

Mickey makes the money

16 November 2001

Mickey Mouse fans from New York to Tokyo joined the bidding for this tinplate money box, right, offered in the October 16 sale at the Leigh-on-Sea rooms of John Stacey (15% buyer’s premium).

Adam’s rib – his interior strength

16 November 2001

The Genius of Robert Adam: His Interiors by Eileen Harris, published by Yale University Press. ISBN 0300081294 £65 hb

Habitat of a lifetime…

16 November 2001

Q&A: A Sort of Autobiography by Terence Conran, published by Harper Collins, ISBN 0007115296 £20 hb.

Spoon market needs stirring

16 November 2001

Owners of silver spoons are generally believed to have a head start in life, and the continuing bouyancy of this market might keep a few heads above water in the coming months.

Clarion try to clear the air over Borwick

16 November 2001

Olympia and Earls Court chief executive Andrew Morris has faced some 200 exhibitors, angry at the dismissal of show director Victoria Borwick, to reassure them about the Olympia fairs’ future.

Old format, new success

16 November 2001

Trade show strength in surprise bids on fresh-to-market pieces. If September 11 was a watershed in modern history, the way forward, as far as Hampshire auctioneers Dreweatt Neate were concerned, seems to be a retreat to how things used to be – good quality material from local private sources, the trade ready to buy it and one or two old-time sleepers.

Worlds apart, and seeing a drop in global values

16 November 2001

VETERAN auctioneer Robert Finan is mainly a consultant these days but he holds two sales a year at the Old Ship Hotel at Mere and prides himself on coming up with a few pieces to interest various specialist interests.

…and thoroughly modern Miller’s

16 November 2001

Collecting Modern Design by Sally Hoban, published by Miller’s. ISBN 1840004053. £25 hb

Pest is a blessing in disguise

16 November 2001

Of greater general interest was Baldwin’s sale of Ancient and Modern coins that occupied October 9. There were 1403 lots looking for a new owner. This included the 322 lots devoted to the working library of the late Patrick Finn.

Burgundy is still booming

16 November 2001

To prove the point, Christie’s have held their first ever ‘Transatlantic’ wine auction. Dubbed the International Burgundy Sale, this 973-lot auction of the region’s most prestigious wines was offered in two legs, the first 303 lots in an afternoon session at Zachy’s/Christie’s (10% buyer’s premium) in New York on October 30, the remaining 670 the following evening at Christie’s (10% buyer’s premium) King Street on November 1.

Mixed fortunes in New York art sales

16 November 2001

USA: Mixed signals emerged from New York’s crucial November round of Part I Impressionist and Modern sales, the most significant test of the international art market since September 11.

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