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Arms fair now in 52nd year

12 August 2019

The 102nd staging of the London Antique Arms Fair is on Saturday, August 24.

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Munich auction house makes move

12 August 2019

After more than 20 years in the heart of Munich arms and armour specialist auction house Hermann Historica has moved to bigger premises in the suburbs.

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Scottish swords in battle and play

12 August 2019

A Battle of Culloden period Clan MacTavish silver inlaid basket-hilted back sword sold for £4800, just below top estimate, at the Antony Cribb (22% buyer’s premium) auction on July 30.

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Russian shashka sword emerges in Amersham

12 August 2019

A 19th century Russian shashka sword with fine niello-worked ornament sold for £6700 against an estimate of £250-450 at Amersham Auction Rooms (17.5% buyer’s premium) on August 1.

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Al Thani dispersal at Christie's was unparalleled in recent memory

22 July 2019

The marathon 12-hour 'Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence' auction of jewellery and works of art from the Al Thani family held in New York last month was a once-in-a-generation event.

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Ivory cufflinks with Pre-Raphaelite design bring demand at Dreweatts

22 July 2019

This pair of green stained ivory cufflinks offered by Dreweatts (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) of Donnington Priory was made by Child & Child after a design by the eminent Pre-Raphaelite painter and jewellery designer Edward Burne-Jones.

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Cameo role for Victorian jewels at Dix Noonan Webb

22 July 2019

A recent sale at Dix Noonan Webb (20% buyer’s premium) included a private collection of antique jewels, gold and enamelled boxes and pocket watches.

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A diamond house call in Taunton

22 July 2019

A collection of diamond jewellery attracted international competition at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s (19.5% buyer’s premium) June sale in Taunton. The cache of pre-war jewels was consigned following a house call by gemmologist and valuer Richard Slater. “It was a wonderful selection of jewellery. The owner had great taste,” he said.

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Farnham’s orchid blooms in Belgium

22 July 2019

This gold, enamel and diamond tiger orchid brooch offered by Belgian auction house Haynault of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre last month was made by Tiffany c.1890.

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Hidden depths to the market for military diving watches

22 July 2019

A cache of military diving watches sold in Hampshire and a £125,000 Daytona spotlight the thriving market for vintage mechanical ‘tool’ watches.

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‘Synchronise your watches’ for a £3200 Weems

22 July 2019

On January 4, 1940, the London subsidiary of the Omega Watch Co received an urgent order from the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company for 2000 watches intended for Royal Air Force crews. Delivery was to be made by March 10, 1940.

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Interview: Casting light on bicycle lamps

15 July 2019

Peter Card’s fascination with this niche area stretches to the joy of extensive research

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Time for a shipshape gathering for members of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers

24 June 2019

Auctioneers from across the UK attend trade association SOFAA's biennial yacht club dinner.

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Timed to perfection

24 June 2019

The success of timed online auctions for London’s big auction houses is putting the format on the map for other salerooms too.

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Moving stories

24 June 2019

Whether it’s delivering a 12ft long model ship or taking a dining table from Paris to London, getting a prized item from A to B safely is vital. We also report on latest developments in art insurance.

Timed online: your questions answered

24 June 2019

ATG asked practitioners to explain the ins and outs of this increasingly popular auction format.

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Format gives access to a new audience

24 June 2019

Sotheby’s is showing a growing commitment to the timed-online format.

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Policy aims at non-traditional gallery dealers

24 June 2019

A new insurance policy targeting dealers who do not work in traditional galleries has been launched by London and Lymington brokers Hallett Independent,.

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COMMENT: The art market challenges

24 June 2019

The principle of insurance is to put you back into the position that you were in before the loss occurred. This can be challenging when navigating the art market, writes Dr Abigail Price.

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COMMENT: How we can step in to help

24 June 2019

We have recently acted for a number of clients who either have had the misfortune of having to call on their insurance when a piece of artwork has been damaged or where we have been instructed by insurers to bring a swift resolution to a spurious claim, writes Rudy Capildeo.

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