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Tennants posts £13.3m sales for 2018

18 February 2019

In 2018 Tennants of Leyburn recorded a hammer turnover of £13.3m – an increase of roughly £1m from the previous year.

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A Victorian who’s who: Dealer offers 'last of Frith's panoramas in private hands'

18 February 2019

A 19th century masterpiece by William Powell Frith (1819- 1909) that serves as a who’s who of influential Victorians is on offer from a new St James’s gallery for £10m.

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Eye for rare Royal Worcester at Paul Reeves auction

18 February 2019

Among the most eagerly-contested lots in the Paul Reeves: An Eye For Design sale at Lyon & Turnbull was this set of Royal Worcester porcelain wall brackets, c.1865, allegorical of the four seasons.

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Two Meiji cloisonné masters emerge in the regions

18 February 2019

Two fine examples of Meiji period cloisonné brought similar multi-estimate sums at regional auctions earlier this month.

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Former Wace director Brown to go it alone

18 February 2019

Claire Brown, formerly director of Rupert Wace Ancient Art, has launched a new independent venture after 30 years in the art and antiques trade.

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No, it isn’t a huge carrot…

18 February 2019

It’s not every day you see an auctioneer holding a 5ft 6in (1.67m) long sperm whale penis. Then again, it’s not every day that you see the sort of lots that are offered in Sworders’ Out of the Ordinary auction.

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UK contemporary market shows most growth according to latest report

18 February 2019

Despite economic concerns such as Brexit – and the imposition of the Artist’s Resale Right in 2014 – UK sales of modern and contemporary art grew last year at a faster rate than in other selling centres.

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Green gallery to defend claim over €5m deal

18 February 2019

London gallery Richard Green has said it will defend a claim made in the High Court by a client who purchased two Old Masters for €5m at TEFAF Maastricht last year.

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Richard Green gallery to defend High Court claim over €5m paintings sale

14 February 2019

London gallery Richard Green has said it will defend a claim made in the High Court by a client who purchased two Old Masters for €5m at TEFAF Maastricht last year.

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UK’s modern and contemporary art auction market records highest growth in 2018

13 February 2019

Despite economic concerns such as Brexit and the possibility of global trade wars, the UK’s top contemporary art auction houses posted the highest growth for Modern and contemporary art sales in 2018.

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Christie’s calm on Brexit as UK chairman says "we will react when we have clarity"

11 February 2019

Christie’s says its London spring sales programme is the “strongest it has ever had” despite concerns of a no-deal Brexit.

French say Brexit will give UK art market an advantage

11 February 2019

Members of the trade federation Conseil National du Marché de l’Art (CNMA) have published an open letter to the French government calling for changes to stop France’s art market losing out to the UK after Brexit.

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Rare manuscripts stolen from London auction house recovered in Italy

11 February 2019

A group of illuminated manuscripts valued at £100,000 that were stolen from a London auction house in 2016 have been recovered in Italy.

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Shakespeare’s Globe and ABA partner for June fair

11 February 2019

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) has joined forces with Shakespeare’s Globe as its charity partner for the next edition of its June flagship fair.

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Spoilum portrait sells at 19-times estimate in Nottingham

11 February 2019

An oval oil portrait painted by the Chinese artist Spoilum (fl.1785-1805) depicting Captain George Delanoe, a 1st Lieutenant and Commander of HMS Repulse, drew fervent interest at Mellors & Kirk's latest sale in Nottingham.

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Mysterious master of foliage covered in New York

11 February 2019

A New York institution has consigned an intriguing Netherlandish devotional painting to Freeman’s sale in Philadelphia on February 27. The small oil on cradled oak panel is one of only a dozen pictures by a workshop known only by the moniker Master of the Embroidered Foliage.

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New Sculpture shines at The Fine Art Society sale at Sotheby’s

11 February 2019

Casts of two key works from the New Sculpture movement topped Sotheby’s sale titled The Fine Art Society: 142 years on New Bond Street.

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French trade bodies call on President Macron to stop UK art market gaining an advantage from Brexit

08 February 2019

Members of the trade federation Conseil National du Marché de l’Art (CNMA) have published an open letter to President Emmanuel Macron and the French government calling for changes to stop France’s art market losing out to the UK after Brexit.

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Ebay’s new tracking policy could lead to higher postage fees

08 February 2019

EBay has announced a change to its postal tracking policy as a caution against buyers who fraudulently claim they never received items that were sent.

Master of the Embroidered Foliage painting

Rare Old Master draws admirers ahead of Philadelphia auction

08 February 2019

A New York institution has consigned an intriguing Netherlandish devotional painting to Freeman’s sale in Philadelphia on February 27.

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