UK

The United Kingdom accounts for more than one fifth of the global art market sales and is the second biggest art market after the US.

Through auctioneers, dealers, fairs and markets - and a burgeoning online sector - buyers, collectors and sellers of art and antiques can easily access a vibrant network of intermediaries and events around the country. The UK's museums also house a wealth of impressive collections

Anglo Saxon brooch

Anglo-Saxon brooch recovered but rest of hoard still at large

20 September 2021

A renewed plea for eight Anglo-Saxon brooches still missing following a theft in 1995 has been issued after the recovery of one of the group.

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Pick of the week: Silver vesta case strikes a blow for the motor car

20 September 2021

This rare Victorian silver vesta case with an enamelled scene of an early tiller-driven automobile is hallmarked for Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1896.

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Jewellery: Koopman Rare Art grows its presence with the arrival of two ex-Sotheby’s specialists

20 September 2021

After settling in to its new showroom in the West End, Koopman Rare Art has expanded its jewellery department.

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Reaching the heights of Lawrence of Arabia at auction

20 September 2021

As 1980s rocker Shakin’ Stevens once sang: ‘Green Door, what’s that secret you’re keeping?’

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A William and Mary japanned chest features among five lots to watch

20 September 2021

With estimates from £400-100,000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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‘Subtle and charming’ Dawson enamel

20 September 2021

The career course of Edith Robinson (1862-1929), a London art teacher and painter of chocolate box watercolours was changed in 1893 when she and her new husband, the Stamford artist Nelson Dawson (1859-1941) attended a series of lectures given by the enameller Alexander Fisher.

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Guy Peppiatt offers view of Bristol burning in 1831

20 September 2021

This dramatic scene depicts the burning of a warehouse in Wapping Wharf during the Bristol Riots of 1831.

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Ottoman panel used as tomb cover sells ten times above estimate at Dreweatts

20 September 2021

This large Ottoman metal thread and silk hanging features a dedication to Sultan Ahmed III (1673-1736).

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Dates to remember for mourning jewellery

20 September 2021

Fellows’ Fine Jewellery sale in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter on September 30 includes an extraordinary collection of 63 mourning rings.

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The many faces of Walter Sickert emerge at Piano Nobile exhibition

20 September 2021

Nearly 80 years after Walter Sickert’s (1860-1942) death and ahead of a major retrospective planned at Tate Britain in 2022, London gallery Piano Nobile is bringing together over 40 of the artist’s figure paintings for an autumn show.

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Grima and Roux cook up a unique recipe

20 September 2021

His daring organic sculptural designs re-energised the British jewellery scene in post-war Britain, now Andrew Grima’s (1921-2007) creations are leading the revival of ‘60s and ‘70s designer jewellery on the secondary market.

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Many happy returns for Margaret’s birthday gift

20 September 2021

It is difficult to replicate the occasion of a royal themed auction. Ergo not everything that resurfaces on the market from the fabled ‘Princess Margaret’ sale at Christie’s in June 2006 shows a great appreciation in value.

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Four upcoming jewellery highlights including a necklace with a Duke of Wellington provenance

20 September 2021

A selection of four upcoming jewellery lots including a necklace comprising 21 cameos and intaglios previously owned by the Duke of Wellington.

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The Chesterfield magpie takes flight with new premises

20 September 2021

After dealing ‘under the radar’, showground fair regular opens shop

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The web shop window: Heal’s oak chest of drawers

20 September 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Marketing in St Albans

20 September 2021

Jennifer Titmuss, organiser of the St Albans Antiques and Vintage Market and the Chiswick High Road Antiques and Vintage Market has an upbeat update.

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Six sapphires catching bidders' eyes at auction this summer

20 September 2021

A selection of sapphires that drew interest at auction over the last two months

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Continuity for October

20 September 2021

Next month’s dates for the antiques, home and vintage shows run by Continuity Fairs have been confirmed.

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Pioneering Caxton work leads the way for an impressive diverse selection

20 September 2021

Three very different lots brought six-figure bids at a Christie’s (25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) summer sale – and they were not the only ones to reach such impressive heights.

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The fabric of collecting at Chelsea Town Hall

20 September 2021

Dealers, collectors, and textile enthusiasts including students looking for design inspiration will be gathering at Chelsea Town Hall on Sunday October 10.

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