Coronavirus

The outbreak of coronavirus that began in China and seriously impacted many countries around the world in early 2020 led to challenging times the art and antiques industry, with numerous fairs and auctions being rescheduled and cancelled.


Octagon Hall

French and Irish events to reopen as indoor fairs in England resume next week

10 May 2021

The restrictions operating during the latest lockdowns are continuing to ease in countries including France and the Republic of Ireland.

Chelsea's Saatchi Gallery

London fairs return as lockdown eases

26 April 2021

London indoor fair organisers have begun to announce dates for later this year.

Portobello Road Market

Art and antiques return to Portobello Road as restrictions lift

19 April 2021

Up and down the country antiques markets, shops and centres were able to reopen last week.

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Kempton back with a bang – and entrance fees

19 April 2021

Sunbury Antiques Market, better known simply as Kempton due to its Surrey racecourse location, last week became the first open-air fair to return after the most recent lockdown.

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Events held outside are relaunching after the latest easing of lockdown restrictions

19 April 2021

The start of May is likely to be a busy period with outside fairs and markets opening up around England and Wales after a protracted lockdown hibernation. Here is a snapshot of a few of them.

TEFAF New York

TEFAF rethinks New York event

13 April 2021

The organiser of art and antiques fairs 'TEFAF Maastricht' and 'TEFAF New York' has changed the frequency and focus of the American event.

Sunbury Antiques fair at Kempton Park Racecourse

Shops and antiques centres open doors again this week

12 April 2021

Antiques shops and centres, auction houses and outdoor markets will welcome customers back to their premises in England and Wales this week.

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Dorking dealers prepare to reopen premises as lockdown eases

12 April 2021

Dorking Antiques was launched last August by three dealers: Mark Holden, Eddie Hawkins and David Whalley.

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Antiques centre in revitalised former granary battles through to April reopening

05 April 2021

After three lockdowns but also a successful auction launch last August in between closures, Graham Hessell will be throwing open the doors once again to his Melford Antiques, Interiors & Lifestyle Centre on April 12.

Masterpiece London

Masterpiece London postponed but the Petworth fair will take place this summer

25 March 2021

Masterpiece London has postponed the physical edition of its fair this year but The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair is to go ahead this summer.

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Hemswell Antique Centres boss shares “crazy" experience of lockdown

22 March 2021

“Due to our digital presence with our website, social media and the live virtual shopping tours I have been conducting all over the world my skeleton team of 10 staff have been kept extremely busy.”

Sunbury Antiques fair at Kempton Park Racecourse.

Fairs make welcome return to calendar

08 March 2021

Fair organisers are now planning for the spring and summer as the roadmap to ease coronavirus restrictions in England allows outdoor events to be held from April.

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On your marks, get set to go for fairs reopening

08 March 2021

Roadmap means reopening time is getting closer at last but some hurdles remain.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Budget for recovery: culture and arts sector and shops among those to get new grants

03 March 2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a series of measures to try to return the economy to stronger growth during and after the coronavirus pandemic in the UK.

Prime minister Boris Johnson

Art and antiques sector cheered by easing of lockdown

01 March 2021

Plans for shop reopenings, new fair dates and rescheduled auctions are under way as the art and antiques sector welcomed the news of the government ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown in England.

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ATG letter: ‘Business meeting’ is one thing, travel is another

01 March 2021

MADAM – I am intrigued by the ongoing debate surrounding Christie’s interpretation of the current Covid-19 restrictions in relation to the viewing of auction lots – in particular the Apter- Fredericks sale of January 26 (front page, ATG No 2481).

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Top stories this week – including news of what the government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown means for the art and antiques trade

26 February 2021

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of Boris Johnson revealing the ‘roadmap’ to easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England.

Prime minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons

Art and antiques trade in England to reopen on April 12

23 February 2021

A ‘roadmap’ to how coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England will be eased has been revealed.

Christie's King Street

Trade views ahead of auctions ‘are business meetings’

22 February 2021

Christie’s has explained its policy of holding trade-only viewings of its sales, saying they comprise ‘business meetings’ rather than public viewings.

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Fair organisers and dealers wait for green light

22 February 2021

It’s fingers crossed again as new provisional fair and market dates are chalked in

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