Industry data

Data used for analysing the art and antiques market includes surveys, prices indices, government figures and market reports.

These range from sector-specific studies such as the Antique Furniture Price Index to more general reports such as the annual TEFAF Report and the Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report compiled by economist Clare McAndrew.


Professor Rachel Pownall

Professor Rachel Pownall: TEFAF report’s new author

25 March 2017

Since its launch in 2002 the TEFAF Art Market Report has established itself as the art and antiques trade’s key annual barometer of size and trends.

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Dr Clare McAndrew: ‘It is very challenging to measure the art market’

25 March 2017

It is not often that market economists agree, and so it goes with the TEFAF Art Market Report’s current and previous authors. Economics is, after all, not an exact science and analysing a market as opaque as art and antiques is certainly problematic.

Ivory report

25 March 2017

An academic report based on a small sample of dealers and auctioneers has called for “significant structural changes” to the laws governing the sale of ivory.

Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Basel Art Market Report 2017: Auction market weakness boosted dealer sales

22 March 2017

The auction market weakened in 2016, as sales of art and antiques via dealers grew, according to the latest art market report.

TEFAF

Quest for anonymity drives increase in private art sales, says TEFAF Report

06 March 2017

The latest TEFAF Art Market Report which was unveiled today showed private sales of art and antiques rose over 2016 while auction sales declined.

Auction gavel

Bowie and Ames collections help boost Sotheby’s profits in final months of 2016 but total year’s sales were down

28 February 2017

Sotheby’s returned to profit in the fourth quarter of 2016, attributing this to improved commissions and growing market confidence, though sales for 2016 overall were down.

The Antique Furniture Index ends after 48 years

25 February 2017

Having produced the Antique Furniture Index since 1968, expert and author John Andrews has, at the age of 80, decided to end his annual audit of the trade.

Christie's

Challenging 2016 as auction sales suffer at Christie’s

09 February 2017

Christie’s posted total sales of £4bn in 2016, a decrease of 16% compared to the previous year and well down from the art market’s high watermark of £5.1bn in 2014.

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Review of the Year 2016 - ATG’s Top Ten web stories

31 December 2016

What stories commanded clicks this year? Here is ATG’s list of the most viewed articles on antiquestradegazette.com in 2016, highlighting key industry moments and trends.

Sotheby’s losses increase in third quarter

07 November 2016

The difficulties in securing high-value works for sale lay behind a $54.5m loss posted in Sotheby’s latest set of results.

Sotheby’s buys art analytics firm

28 October 2016

Sotheby’s has acquired the The Mei Moses Art Indices, a database and analytics tool for tracking the art market and comparing its performance against other assets.

First edition infographic

Ditch the FTSE for first editions: financial comparison site finds prize-winning books are better investments than tech companies

30 September 2016

A new study suggests that buying a first edition book, such as Hilary Matel’s Wolf Hall, is a better investment than buying stocks in tech companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo and eBay.

Pablo Picasso's Femme assise

Sotheby’s make higher profits despite drop in auction market

08 August 2016

Sotheby’s latest results showed the firm has increased profits despite a significant fall in auction sales. Their share price jumped by over 15% after the figures were released earlier today.

Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure Festival

Christie’s sales down 27% – is this an art market slump?

20 July 2016

Christie’s has experienced a sharp fall in overall sales. In figures released earlier today the company reported sales of £2.1bn for the first half of 2016, which compared to £2.9bn for the same period in 2015.

Dr Clare McAndrew

TEFAF to maintain annual art market report as Clare McAndrew joins Contemporary fair

21 June 2016

TEFAF have said they still will maintain an annual art market report despite losing the services of Dr Clare McAndrew who is joining up with Art Basel.

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New survey shows antiques steep for young buyers but always in style

20 June 2016

A new survey shows that 25 to 34-year-olds form the group most likely in the UK to go to fairs or auctions – but the least likely to invest in antique furniture.

Clare McAndrew leaves TEFAF to sign with Art Basel

14 June 2016

Economist and author of the annual TEFAF Art Market Report Clare McAndrew has left TEFAF to join with Art Basel, it has been announced.

New interest in Sotheby’s despite first quarter loss

18 May 2016

Following the release of Sotheby’s disappointing 2016 first-quarter earnings, the financial press was awash with speculation of a new investor.

Dr Clare McAndrew TEFAF Report

TEFAF 2016: “The bubble has not burst in art market values,” delegates told

11 March 2016

The global market for art and antiques may have dropped by seven per cent in sales by value last year, but this is “not a signal that the bubble has burst”, the art market’s leading economist told TEFAF 2016 delegates this morning.

TEFAF Report shows 7% fall in global art sales as Chinese market takes hit

09 March 2016

Global art sales fell during 2015 with the most significant a decline coming in the Chinese market.

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