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

George Soper

Fundraising plea to build Suffolk gallery for archive of artworks by Enid Blyton illustrator and her family

23 October 2018

A charitable trust formed to promote the art of The Soper Family is seeking funding to build a home for the archive.

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Rediscovered Iznik masterwork headlines Islamic Week auction series

22 October 2018

A newly discovered Ottoman charger, described as one of the most important pieces of Iznik pottery in private hands, will be offered at Sotheby’s Arts of the Islamic World sale this week.

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Two become one: Fair organisers react as Arthur Swallow Fairs shift to single-day events

22 October 2018

Schedule change for Lincolnshire Showground marks a shift in strategy but other organisers are more cautious.

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Asian Art in London Awards: the shortlist

22 October 2018

We present candidates for the 2018 AAL Awards, co-sponsored by ATG. From this list judges will pick two outstanding works of art, one from a dealer and the other from an auction house

Romsey fair faces delay

22 October 2018

Grandma’s Attic Fairs has had to postpone its fair at the Potters Heron Hotel in Romsey, Hampshire, due to take place on Sunday, October 28.

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Hop to it for a gallery showcase

22 October 2018

Asian Art in London is a chance to find outstanding examples of eastern art at galleries across the capital. Here, Frances Allitt spotlights some of what’s on offer

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Chairs sit pretty in salerooms among furniture auction selections

22 October 2018

At a time when catering for niche interests is a profitable path for auctioneers, recent sales in Scotland, Ireland and England have shown that the furniture market can still come to life – provided it meets three criteria.

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Advertising Standards Authority continues strict scrutiny of the display of fees in the auction market

22 October 2018

Auction house told it must improve the way it advertises extra sale charges and taxes

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Pleasant Georgian surprises in regional auctions

22 October 2018

Modestly estimated staples of the once-booming Georgian furniture market can still bring pleasant surprises.

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Sale with lots of characters

22 October 2018

Rude Rowlandson print is among the highlights of Gloucestershire auction.

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‘Conservatory’ Coalbrookdale table sells at Summers Place

22 October 2018

Coalbrookdale cast-iron furniture, subject to ebbs and flows of fashion, has dipped a little in recent years, but this c.1850 occasional table is a rarity. It was surely made for the conservatory rather than the garden.

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Get the measure of the market with a metric pioneer

22 October 2018

They may not have been the most photogenic lots in the catalogue of a recent London sale, but a couple of lots were highly attractive for their significance in the maths and measurements field.

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Transit instruments measure up in Newbury sale

22 October 2018

Probably a puzzle to all but experts in the field, the item shown below is a transit instrument – one of three which all went well above estimates at a cameras and scientific instruments sale held by Special Auctions Services (17.5% buyer’s premium).

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Tompion strikes a £200,000 note in Staffordshire

22 October 2018

A portable table clock by Thomas Tompion sold for a top-estimate £200,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) as part of a mixed-owner sale conducted by Hansons at Bishton Hall, Staffordshire.

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Terrific tazza at Gloucestershire auction

22 October 2018

Nine centuries after it first became a thriving art form, Limoges enamel ware remains a popular choice as evidenced by a tazza offered by Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium).

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Franklin crackles in saleroom

22 October 2018

Private Collections, an October 3 sale at Bonhams (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium), offered works of art from a number of sources and among lots from the estate of the late Victor, 3rd Viscount Churchill – a cousin of Winston – there were a few books.

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Export of piano keys ‘distort ivory statistics’

22 October 2018

New figures obtained by the BADA reveal that piano keys represent the vast majority of ivory items exported from the UK in the past three calendar years.

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News In Brief - including a promotion at Roseberys and a new Sotheby's retail website

22 October 2018

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including a promotion at Roseberys and a new Sotheby's retail website.

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Where to be: Five auctions and fairs in the Midlands next week

19 October 2018

Next week's Midlands events include the next edition of IACF's Bingley Hall Antiques and Collectors fair and a technology auction.

Patrick van der Vorst, owner of Value My Stuff

Barnebys buys online valuation firm ValueMyStuff

18 October 2018

Online valuation firm ValueMyStuff, founded in 2010 by former Sotheby’s director Patrick van der Vorst, has been sold to Swedish group Barnebys.

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