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Europe ‘not a haven’ for ancient loot says global trade body

26 June 2017

The global trade body for antiquities dealers has insisted that Europe does not provide a ready market for looted artefacts from conflict zones.

Saved by a tweet: Antiques on High finds new owner

26 June 2017

An Oxford antiques centre facing closure has been rescued after a white knight was made aware of its plight via ATG and Twitter.


Mark Law to revive general sales at Dreweatts

26 June 2017

The new owner of Dreweatts in Newbury is to bring back a monthly general sale.

Shop owners warned over car parts scam

26 June 2017

London art and antiques galleries have been alerted to a scam that has seen at least four dealers preyed on by tricksters.


Massive faience charger leads Burmantofts bonanza

26 June 2017

A massive Burmantofts faience charger sold for £13,000 (plus 22% buyer’s premium) at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury on June 22 – the highlight of a remarkable collection of more than 700 pieces by the Leeds factory.


Safety first as miners’ lamp shines at Cirencester auction

26 June 2017

A miners‘ lamp lit up bidding at a Cotswold saleroom to set a record for a George Stephenson model.


Stellar Sèvres vases at Bonhams

19 June 2017

A pair of 12in (30cm) high Sèvres hard paste vases painted with elaborate chinoiserie sea battles by Jean-Jacques Dieu, proved the highlight of Bonhams’ June 14 sale of European ceramics.


Royal Mint takes share in coin dealers

19 June 2017

As part of a five-year plan to grow its interest in the coin collecting market, The Royal Mint has taken a share in Mayfair numismatic dealership Sovereign Rarities.


Pick of the Week: Sir Peter Lely’s young girl in high demand

19 June 2017

An enticingly estimated drawing by the 17th century English court portraitist Sir Peter Lely offered for sale in a French provincial auction drew a flurry of attention from English trade and private bidders last week. It was propelled to over 20-times its estimate.

Trade bodies to forge new relationships after election

19 June 2017

The art and antiques trade associations are preparing to “forge new relationships” with Michael Gove, who has replaced Andrea Leadsom as environment minister in charge of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

US price comparison site for shipping Arta looks to expand in Europe

19 June 2017

The New York-based art shipping firm Arta is in the process of raising its second round of funding – this time to help it expand in the UK and Europe.

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London says no to hallmarking overseas

19 June 2017

The London Assay Office has spoken out against moves to allow UK hallmarks to be stamped overseas.


William De Morgan tiles fly in Wolverhampton

19 June 2017

A group of five 8in (20cm) William de Morgan (1839-1917) tiles drew lively competitive bids at Cuttlestones in Wolverhampton on June 8.

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NAVA head Colin Young's message to auctioneers: ‘Get qualified and regulated’

12 June 2017

The new president of The National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA) has called for all auctioneers to be qualified and regulated.


'Little Gurie' Fabergé silver cup delivers £19,000 result

12 June 2017

Among the pieces of Fabergé bringing competition at last week’s Russian art sales in London was this c.1909-13 silver vodka cup offered at Sotheby’s.


Lots Road Auctions to relocate

12 June 2017

Lots Road Auctions is to relocate to a purpose-built new saleroom as part of a property development on the Chelsea street.


Arlington Conservation stock sale reflects contraction in market

12 June 2017

Surrey auctioneers Ewbank’s is to sell the stock-in-trade of furniture restorers Arlington Conservation on June 23.


Essex sale benefits from Herculean effort

12 June 2017

A major work by French academy painter Edouard Joseph Dantan (1846-97), unseen for over a century, has emerged at an auction in Colchester.


BADA’s Borwick loses Kensington seat

12 June 2017

Victoria Borwick, president of the British Antiques Dealers’ Association, lost her Kensington seat following two recounts in the constituency at last week's General Election.


Criterion open valuation office in South Kensington

12 June 2017

Criterion Auctioneers has opened a valuation office in South Kensington in the hope of snaring some of the business left by the closure of Christie’s in the area.