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

Lalique vase

Plea for help to find stolen Lalique glass vase

23 November 2022

Police are appealing for help to track down a stolen Lalique glass vase.

Gemma Sudlow

Expansion and hires including Hindman to open a New York saleroom

22 November 2022

Hindman launching in New York and Sotheby’s expanding in Asia are among the latest updates across the world of art and antiques.

Madonna and Child drawing

Bidders battle to take tondo to 208-times top estimate

21 November 2022

A small round drawing of the Madonna and Child created a stir at Ryedale Auctioneers in North Yorkshire.

LAPADA Fair

LAPADA fair to make 2023 comeback

21 November 2022

The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square, London, will return next year.

Portrait by Robert Peake

To be or not to be a portrait of the Bard, that is the question surrounding this £10m work

21 November 2022

A 1608 portrait by Robert Peake (c.1551-1619) long believed to depict William Shakespeare (1564-1616) has gone on the market for £10m.

Beswick horse

Beswick shire horse gallops to an £11,300 top price

21 November 2022

A record for Beswick pottery was set in Stoke-on-Trent this month when a rare variant of one of the factory’s best-known models sold for a five-figure sum.

Wedgwood Sydney Cove medallion

Rare survivor: Sydney Cove medallion sells at Scottish sale

21 November 2022

Wedgwood design was made from clay found when the First Fleet landed in Australia.

Coffre-fort

Pick of the week: Buyer secures a strongbox at last

21 November 2022

An elaborate 17th century burr walnut coffre-fort (or strongbox) has been sold by Alexander George Antiques.

Second-hand items

Why a second-hand buy is a first-class acquisition

21 November 2022

Is buying second-hand set for an unprecedented period of growth?

Julian Radcliffe

Plea for professional body to boost standard of condition reports

21 November 2022

Forensic and scientific expertise recommended when it comes to condition reports and verification of attribution.

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Reused, sustainable – but needs packaging

21 November 2022

How is the art and antiques trade to respond to the gloomy predictions discussed at the recent Cop27 in Egypt November 6-18)?

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Magic posters from the estate of Paul Daniels are among five lots to watch

21 November 2022

With estimates from £700, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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British wartime pictures: Tragic times brought inspiration

21 November 2022

Ahead of home front exhibition dealer says the war transformed often mundane art styles

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Changing environment: how to reduce the carbon impact of shipping

21 November 2022

The art and antiques sector is already regarded as ‘green’ due to the items in question having been ‘reused’ and ‘recycled’ rather than created new each time.

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Ship or not to ship? An insurer’s point of view on one of the biggest dealer costs

21 November 2022

Shipping is one of the largest annual costs for art and antique dealers so it’s no surprise that many look for the most cost-effective method of shipping to get orders to excited clients.

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Super sampler selection in Oxfordshire

21 November 2022

Oxfordshire dealership Witney Antiques’ latest exhibition features early example of band samplers.

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Mirror reflects Hope design

21 November 2022

Estimated at £800-1200, this Regency giltwood and ebonised convex wall mirror sold at £12,500 at Toovey’s (24.5% buyer’s premium) on November 3.

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‘For Emperor John’ Lennon

21 November 2022

This German brown leather and plated metal hip flask has the inscription 'Fur Kaiser John Zu Seinem Geburtstag 9. Okt 1960 Von Stu'.

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The web shop window: 1920s 'barber’s shop' oak chair

21 November 2022

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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Picture specialist hails ‘very encouraging’ multi-estimate prices for old-school landscapes

21 November 2022

A clutch of good-quality traditional landscapes exceeded hopes at Exeter saleroom Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (25% buyer’s premium).

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