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

Blue and white ‘bird and tree’ bowls

Top-selling Chinese bowls star in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

04 December 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare pair of Chinese porcelain blue and white bowls that doubled estimate in Bath.

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King’s Road attracts new design and antiques shops

04 December 2020

A landlord on the King’s Road in Chelsea has reported a boost in interest for interior design shops including two new antiques and design firms.

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Renewed plea to help find missing Martinware pieces from Ealing council

01 December 2020

A group of Martinware pottery items stolen across two break-ins back in 2005 and 2007 from buildings owned by Ealing Council are still missing but there are hopes some can be recovered.

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Pick of the week: Rev Gilpin champions the Romantic ideal

30 November 2020

The artist, cleric, schoolmaster and author William Gilpin (1724-1804) is best known as a champion of the Romantic idea of the picturesque.

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Trade delight as markets and dealers reopen

30 November 2020

The art and antiques sector breathed a sigh of relief with the news that shops and centres, auction houses, markets and some fairs can reopen in England from December 2.

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Making moves for Anglo-Saxon ‘chess piece’

30 November 2020

Estimated at £6000-8000, an Anglo-Saxon bronze gaming piece – a metal-detecting find for the consignor – sold for £95,000 (plus premium) at the latest auction at TimeLine in Harwich, Essex.

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Odundo vase achieves record for single work by living potter at Maak auction

30 November 2020

London studio pottery specialist Maak achieved a record £200,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) for this vessel by Madgalene Odundo (b.1950).

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Churchill oil proves the toast of Modern British art sales this season

30 November 2020

A total of £9.23m was raised from the latest dedicated sales of Modern British art at Sotheby’s and Bonhams in London.

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A John Knibb clock dial and a bronze portrait of WB Yeats’ muse are among the five lots to watch at auction

30 November 2020

With estimates from £120-3000, here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Wallis cracks it in the saleroom

30 November 2020

Unpublished work by mathematician John Wallis who was also a major influence in code breaking sells at Dominic Winter

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Dragons of the Qing as spectacular dishes sell at Sotheby's

30 November 2020

Sotheby’s (26/21/14.9% buyer’s premium) Important Chinese Art sale on November 4 included two spectacular Qing dragon dishes – both consigned from continental European sources and both in near-perfect condition.

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Guangxu in pastel shades

30 November 2020

The term 'qianjiangcai' refers to a ‘pastel coloured’ palette of enamels used by Tongzhi (1856-75) and Guangxu (1875-1908), porcelain painters in the years after the Taiping rebellion and the destruction of the Jingdezhen kilns.

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Auction previews: issue 2470

30 November 2020

A selection of 13 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.

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5 Questions: art dealer James Mackinnon

30 November 2020

Dealer James Mackinnon is among the participants in this year’s London Art Week. He has been an independent dealer since 1970.

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Lucky lacquer at Surrey sale

30 November 2020

The November 11 Islamic & Oriental sale at John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Fernhurst was topped at £6200 (estimate £400-600) by this 19th century cinnabar lacquer table mirror.

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Beaton’s male dancer attracts attention in Cheltenham

30 November 2020

Back in May, Bonhams sold 22 pen and ink drawings by Cecil Beaton (1904-80).

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Qing gilt-bronze incense burner sells at 17-times estimate to Hong Kong buyer at Sworders

30 November 2020

Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) latest Asian art sale in Stansted Mountfitchet included this ‘splashed’ gilt-bronze incense burner from the Qing (1644-1911) period.

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Monochrome surprise as Chinese bowl brings hefty bidding at Dreweatts

30 November 2020

The unexpected highlight of Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) sale on November 12 was provided by this copper red glazed globular form bowl.

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More than a nod to online

30 November 2020

James Waggott of The Antiques Centre York is a happy chap.

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Wingett goes for upmarket upcycling turning scrap into a super Georgian cistern

30 November 2020

In an act of decidedly upmarket upcycling, dealer Simon Wingett of Burton Antiques and his business partner have commissioned a series of casts of a George II wine cistern to be made from scrap.

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