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

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Chinese Republican dish, Vincennes porcelain cup, Lord Byron card case – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

06 December 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a Vincennes porcelain cup and saucer that made over 25-times estimate and a rare Chinese Republican period dish by a celebrated decorator that made 90-times estimate.

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Election winners: Ashley Gray and Howard Walwyn voted onto BADA’s council

06 December 2019

Ashley Gray of modern textile and fashion illustration dealer Gray MCA, along with horology dealer Howard Walwyn, have joined BADA’s ruling council, with Gray urging members to look beyond traditional antiques for the association’s future growth.

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Manifesto watch: a raft of pledges have been revealed ahead of the general election

06 December 2019

This week ATG is summarising some of the key promises from the main three parties that could affect the art and antiques trade. The third in the series published here is the Liberal Democrats' manifesto.

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IACF switches to compostable bags at fairs in green push

05 December 2019

The UK’s largest antiques fair organiser, International Antiques & Collectors Fairs (IACF), is switching from plastic to recyclable bags handed out at its 40 fairs around the country, starting this week at Newark.

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Manifesto watch: political parties reveal a raft of pledges ahead of the general election next week

05 December 2019

This week ATG is summarising some of the key promises from the main three parties that could affect the art and antiques trade. The second in the series published here is the Labour Party's manifesto.

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Manifesto watch: Ahead of the general election next week, political parties have revealed a raft of pledges in their manifestos

04 December 2019

This week ATG is summarising some of the key promises from the main three parties that could affect the art and antiques trade. The first in the series published here is the Conservative Party's manifesto.

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East London foundry first to sign up to new digital ‘hallmark’ for bronze sculptures

03 December 2019

Bronze Age Foundry in Limehouse, London, is the first foundry in the UK to adopt a new bronze hallmarking scheme.

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Adam Partridge opens a third saleroom in Preston

02 December 2019

Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers has opened its third saleroom in the north-west and hired new staff to target consignments from the Lancashire and Lake District areas.

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Six lots to watch at auction this week including a Fabergé brooch, a Gustavsberg pottery tabby cat and a Scottish colourist picture

02 December 2019

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

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British Art Fair returns to its September slot for 2020 edition

02 December 2019

The British Art Fair (BAF) is to return to its previous dates in late September.

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Classic coach scene by James Pollard

02 December 2019

This classic mail coach scene by the 19th century painter James Pollard (1792-1867) doubled pre-sale hopes in a picture auction at Surrey saleroom John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium).

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Suprematism tops solid ‘Londongrad’ sales

02 December 2019

London’s Russian week of auctions put in a consistent performance last week with the sales at four salerooms generating a combined £37.5m with fees. This compared to £39.2m for the equivalent series last year and the £35.8m raised at the June series.

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Twentieth century portraits of notable sitters are all the rage among eager buyers

02 December 2019

A spate of early to mid-20th century portraits of society figures and important personalities generated stiff competition at UK sales in London and the regions.

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Eleven early Christmas Carols stored in a garage

02 December 2019

Although Charles Dickens is often credited with creating the ‘modern’ Christmas, some of the recognition should go to John Leech.

Prints ‘fair’ within Firsts London in 2020

02 December 2019

A print fair is being launched within next year’s Firsts London rare book fair.

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18th century shipbuilding manual emerges at Charles Miller

02 December 2019

Containing numerous diagrams, a manuscript manual on 18th century shipbuilding techniques and practices sold for £3600 in a recent sale.

Bath Racecourse to host biannual fair

02 December 2019

Nick Bayliss of Continuity Fairs is launching a new biannual antiques, home and vintage fair at Bath Racecourse, the UK’s highest flat racecourse.

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Treasures of the natural world (but in skeletal or stuffed form…)

02 December 2019

Extinct for 65 million years, dinosaurs continue to rule the world of children visiting the National History Museum, of multi-million dollar movie makers – and of bidders at the Evolution Sales at Summers Place Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).

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A second chance to travel with a rare Louis Vuitton trunk

02 December 2019

Collectors who missed out on a rare late 19th century cabin trunk at auction last week have the chance to buy another in West Sussex this coming Friday.

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Whiskey ‘can cure your ailments’

02 December 2019

“Try a glass of Old Bushmills whiskey, your majesty, it is the whiskey all connoisseurs drink”. Not only that, but it seems this royally promoted tipple was “… recommended by Doctors in cases of Gout and Rheumatism as the most helpful drink”.

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