Latest news about key people in the art and antiques market including top names who work at major auction houses; organisers of significant art and antiques fairs; antiques dealers; collectors; museum curators; heads of trade organisations; market and regulatory experts.


Clive of India flask remains in UK – law change suggested

22 December 2004

A LEADING figure in the world of heritage is calling for a change in the export licence rules – after the decision to keep a valuable work of art in the UK.

LAPADA back Cheltenham

19 November 2004

LAPADA will return to The Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse for their 2005 Autumn Antiques and Fine Art Fair following last month’s inaugural event there. It will again be organised by Ingrid Nilson.

Goodison scoops first €10,000 CINOA Prize

07 October 2004

SIR Nicholas Goodison is the winner of the first CINOA Prize, a new award devised by the international confederation of associations of art and antiques dealers.

Bonham quits

08 September 2004

NICK Bonham has quit the board of Bonhams after working for the firm for 38 years.


Sue Ede finds the ‘perfect historic town’ for new fair

01 September 2004

TIMES may be tough at fairs, but that does not stop organisers launching new ones, nor dealers giving them a go.

Sotheby’s paint a healthier picture for first half of 2004

18 August 2004

PABLO Picasso’s Garçon à la pipe boosted Sotheby’s second quarter sales considerably, alone accounting for about 9.5 per cent of the total.

A decorative flavour for college with higher hopes

03 June 2004

WEST Country-based organiser Sue Ede of Cooper Antiques Fairs is having a busy summer, even if her last couple of fairs, the first Oxford County Antiques Fair and the established North Cotswolds Antiques and Decorative Fair, were quieter than she would have liked.

Oxford merits one more try

20 May 2004

FOLLOWING the supremely successful launch of her West Country Antiques Fair at Powderham Castle, near Exeter, earlier this year, Sue Ede of Cooper Antiques Fairs might have been tempting fate with another launch so soon after. Certainly her first Oxford County Antiques Fair, at beautiful Eynsham Hall, near Woodstock from May 7 to 9, was not an event to remember.

Room for yet another fair? Well, Sue’s been right before

05 May 2004

DESPITE the myriad complaints that there are too many fairs, still they keep coming, and here is another. From May 7 to 9 Sue Ede of Cooper Antiques Fairs launches her Oxford County Antiques Fair at Eynsham Hall, an 18th century Grade 11 listed manor house in 30 acres of parkland near Woodstock.

The discreet charms of the wealthy Cheshire set

09 March 2004

FLUSHED with the successful launch in early February of her West Country Antiques Fair at Powderham Castle, near Exeter, Sue Ede of Cooper Antiques Fairs moves north this weekend to her established Cheshire County Antiques Fair, which will be held at Arley Hall, near Knutsford from March 12 to 14.

Ex-auctioneer to head LAPADA

23 February 2004

LAPADA have named their new chief executive as Sarah Harvey, a former auctioneer at both Phillips and Sotheby’s. She will take up her post on March 29.

Sotheby’s sell off real estate operation

23 February 2004

Choosing to concentrate upon their auction business, Sotheby’s Holdings, Inc., have sold their real estate brokerage operations to Cendant Corporation. The total cash purchase price for the luxury brand and a 100-year licensing agreement was approximately $100m, plus ongoing fees based on future royalties from the development of a franchise business planned under the Sotheby's International Realty name.

Ede proves her point in the West Country

18 February 2004

Local trade fare particularly well at Powderham: TWO weeks ago, when Sue Ede of Cooper Antiques Fairs promised her new West Country Antiques Fair at Powderham Castle, near Exeter, would be “an antiques event of a quality not seen before in the West Country”, I must admit I thought that a very bold claim indeed.

The best in the West? We’ll see...

06 February 2004

ORGANISER Sue Ede of Cooper Antiques Fairs is promising “an antiques event of a quality not seen before in the West Country” with this weekend’s launch of her West Country Antiques Fair at Powderham Castle, near Exeter. It seems a bold claim but, on reflection, there have not been that many successful quality fairs in the West Country so Mrs Ede may well be on safe ground.

Arnault is bought out of Phillips by de Pury & Co

03 February 2003

Luxury goods magnate Bernard Arnault finally abandoned his attempt to compete with Christie’s and Sotheby’s at the top end of the art market last week when he sold his remaining 27.5 per cent stake in troubled auction house Phillips to its joint chief executives Simon de Pury and Daniella Luxembourg.

Making room for the Art Deco boom

28 January 2003

MEDIA star and Deco expert Eric Knowles officially cut the ribbon when popular Oxfordshire antiques centre The Swan at Tetsworth unveiled its new Art Deco Showroom on January 13.

Phillips rumours go on

27 January 2003

UNCERTAINTY over the future of Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg continued this week, with chairman Simon de Pury confirming only that he was conducting negotiations with stakeholder LVMH.

Infuser a heady brew at $230,000

21 January 2003

This icon of 20th century modernist design – Marianne Brandt’s celebrated tea infuser of 1927 was one of the highlights of Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg’s (19.5/10% buyer’s premium) 117-lot sale of 19th and 20th century design on December 11.

Lester scales Florida heights…but hopes not to break through the glass ceiling!

07 November 2002

FLORIDA hosts a new design fair next year when ARTform, the International Fair for Dimensional Fine Art, debuts at the International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches in downtown West Palm Beach from March 6 to 11.

Arley's old faithful find room for a local

23 September 2002

SOME regular exhibitors have been standing at Cooper Antiques Fairs' premier autumn event, the Cheshire County Antiques Fair, for 14 years and not many have been doing it for less than five.