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News In Brief

22 May 2017

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days.


Dutch show the way Down Under

22 May 2017

Early Dutch discoveries in Australia and those made in Tasmania and New Zealand on Abel Tasman’s first voyage are outlined in a 1659 wall-map by the Amsterdam cartographer Joan Blaeu (1596-1673).


Hubert Dingwall: Quixotic fancies and English fairies

22 May 2017

The late Hubert Dingwall began a lifetime of book collecting in 1935 with the purchase of a vellum bound copy of the second part only of a 1697 Antwerp edition of Don Quixote for one shilling and sixpence.


Previews: £5001 - £30,000

22 May 2017

ATG’s weekly selection of items on sale at auctions and dealerships.


Shop talk: Martlesham Antiques

22 May 2017

In the continuing series looking through the keyhole of ‘bricks and mortar’ shops in 2017, ATG talks to Robert Frost, who runs Martlesham Antiques from a thatched cottage in Suffolk. It specialises in 18th and 19th century furniture.


George II, Napoleon and a perfect gentleman

22 May 2017

MADAM – In a recent Fairs & Markets (ATG No 2291) I was very interested to read about Bill Neal’s Queen Charlotte mother of pearl gaming counter.

Editor’s comment: The Conservative manifesto

22 May 2017

While businesses and consumers absorbed the devil in the detail of last week’s Conservative manifesto, art and antiques business leaders were more occupied by what wasn’t in the 86-page document.


Auction trio reflects an overall buoyancy to the antiques market

22 May 2017

Three substantial sales from Edinburgh to Exeter via Doncaster last month confirmed the promise of early spring with the staple areas of furniture, silver and ceramics holding up and, for named or specialist-interest material, doing well. The figures underline the overall buoyancy.


Illuminating Brussels result at 18 times the top estimate

22 May 2017

An unexpected highlight of an April 28-29 sale held by Brussels saleroom The Romantic Agony (24% buyer’s premium), was a leaf from an illuminated manuscript.


Previews: £30,000 plus

22 May 2017

ATG’s weekly selection of items on sale at auctions and dealerships.

5 Questions: David Bownes

22 May 2017

David Bownes is the former head of collections at the London Transport Museum and director of collections at the National Army Museum. After a few years of building a collection mainly of British posters, he made the move from curating to selling with the launch of his Twentieth Century Posters website in January 2016.


God Bless America (and the US)

22 May 2017

DEAR EDITOR – Without wishing to appear nit-picking (really, I don’t) the article in your militaria special that references the Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund Sword (ATG No 2290) describes Captain Rutherford as US-born, in 1764.


Crucifix link to now demolished Swiss covered bridge

22 May 2017

The big surprise at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood'’s April 11-12 sale at Exeter was this 17th-18th century Tyrolean wood and gilt crucifix.


New chapter in the life of a bookcase back in Harrogate

22 May 2017

Cooper Events’ next outing is The Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques & Fine Art Fair in North Yorkshire, from June 2-4.


No mention of ivory in Tory manifesto

22 May 2017

The Conservative Party has omitted any mention of ivory in its 2017 manifesto published last week, giving hope an uncompromising ban on the trade will not be introduced.


Storr inkstand makes its mark

22 May 2017

Made by Paul Storr, highly decorative and from the family collection of the late Sir Nicholas Harington, this 1836 piece of silver had the name, the look and the provenance to overcome the somewhat unfashionable nature of inkstands.


Tide powers Scottish show

22 May 2017

Coming up next at The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh is the exhibition Between Tides: Scotland’s Working Culture of the Sea.


Osborne Samuel exhibition makes a romantic gesture

22 May 2017

John Minton’s 1940 painting 'Landscape with Figures' is among the pieces included in Osborne Samuel’s exhibition 'The Romantic Impulse: British Neo-Romantic Artists at Home & Abroad 1935-1959'.


Basquiat and Brancusi dominate NY art week

22 May 2017

The flagship auctions of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art in New York last week showed a recovery after a difficult 2016.


Monthly picture sales reap rewards

22 May 2017

“I think the secret to our success is that we now hold an art sale every four weeks.” A 90% sell-through rate from 400 lots was the latest bullish stat to come out of John Nicholson’s (24% buyer’s premium) monthly picture auctions, started this year by specialist Buffy Parker.