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New deal struck on droit de suite

29 May 2001

– 10 year delay on full implementation – £7600 cap on maximum levy. The final conditions under which droit de suite is likely to be introduced to Britain were revealed last week when hard-won concessions, rejected by the European Parliament last December, were substantially re-instated at a meeting of the permanent representatives in Brussels.

Furniture buy of the Day

24 May 2001

Robin Day shot to fame as the winner of MoMA’s international low-cost furniture competition in 1948, but the bidding for a pair of Forum Lounge chairs, one shown, in the Post-War section of the sale at Phillips Edinburgh (15% buyer’s premium) on April 27 was anything but subdued.

It's pot black for Fenton

23 May 2001

UK: This month has been a vintage one for photographic images in the UK, with over £4.5m netted between the four sales held in London and Exeter at Sotheby’s, CSK and Bearnes between May 10 and 12.

Decorative values upgrade the priceson silver

21 May 2001

UK: TRADITIONAL silver may be a dull market, but make the metal decorative, like the pair of London, 1860 candelabra offered at Peter Wilson auctioneers in Nantwich, Cheshire, and it will shine.

Jewellery in demand in move to the city

21 May 2001

UK: Chillingham Castle, Northumberland, is the usual venue for Jim Railton's, Gosforth, spring sale, but the predations of Foot and Mouth meant that it had to be relocated to one of the smarter districts of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

PenDelfin sale proves the cat’s whiskers

21 May 2001

Not to all tastes, Bunnykins and PenDelfin figures are strong enough collectors’ items to justify launching a “Bunny Weekend” in Cobridge, Staffordshire by Potteries Specialist Auctions</b. (10% buyer’s premium) on April 28-29.

Contemporary Bubbles yet to burst in New York

21 May 2001

USA: The gloom created by disappointing results at this month’s Impressionist and Modern sales in New York was swept away last week by the strong performance of contemporary art at the three main auction houses and reports of good business being done by a number of dealers at The International Fine Art Fair.

Duke’s secure Makepeace sale

21 May 2001

HY. Duke & Son of Dorchester have been brought in at very short notice to sell major pieces by John Makepeace on the premises at Parnham House in Dorset on May 26.

Cribbage board pegs up £1100

21 May 2001

UK: Two Victorian mahogany bookcases topped this Ambrose , Essex sale – a library model with four glazed doors and four panel doors, 5ft 8in (1.73m) wide and a straightforward double door bookcase with two frieze drawers, 4ft 6in (1.38m) wide, each attracting bids of £1250.

Trade stock up on chairs at budget prices

21 May 2001

UK: Nineteenth century brown furniture under £2500 was the trade staple of this monthly sale at Phillips' Sevenoaks in Kent, where the fiercest bidding contest was joined for a 20th century set of 22 mahogany balloon back dining chairs.

Silver standards up to mark

21 May 2001

UK: A number of auctioneers have remarked on a rather flat silver market of late but the Surrey auctioneers Crow's saw no such reluctance among buyers with a number of offerings going well above estimate.

Acting the goat… and getting it

21 May 2001

IS it a toy? Is it a joke? For the uninitiated the world of Masonic-style fraternities and lodges remains an enigma, but it is full of weird and wonderful opportunities for collectors who understand what they are looking at.

Kent Bill goes live from December 1

21 May 2001

The trade will have to abide by the provisions of the Kent and Medway Bills as from December 1 this year. The announcement came from Kent Trading Standards on May 16, after the county council passed the resolution to introduce the Bill.

Sotheby’s announce three big Paris sales

21 May 2001

FRANCE: Sotheby’s and Paris auctioneers Maîtres Hervé Poulain and Rémy Le Fur have announced today an association to conduct three important sales in Paris on June 27, 28-29 and July 5, 2001.

From crisp bags to cook books, and horse brasses to Harry Potter

16 May 2001

Miller’s Collectables Price Guide 2001/2, edited by Madeleine Marsh

George II giltwood and marble topped console table

14 May 2001

UK: Salvaged from the potting shed of a local farmhouse, this George II giltwood and marble topped console table attracted fierce bidding at Philip Serrell’s Malvern salerooms on May 10.

An 8th/9th century Syrian alabaster column capital

14 May 2001

An 8th/9th century Syrian alabaster column capital provided the highest price for an object in London's spring Islamic series of sales.

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14 May 2001

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Hard going in NY as Phillips join race

14 May 2001

USA: Fears that the recent slowdown in the US economy would drastically affect the top end of the art market were to some extent realised at New York’s Impressionist and Modern sales last week.

Reclaiming architectural heritage

14 May 2001

Salvo Guide 2000, by Thornton Kay

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