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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More reopenings in UK and Ireland as lockdown eases

29 June 2020

The easing of lockdown rules across the UK and Ireland will help the art and antiques sector return to some normality during the summer months.

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Ex-Nicholson’s pair launch auction house in Surrey with £10 vendor fee

29 June 2020

Art specialist Buffy Parker has launched Parker Fine Art Auctions in Surrey and will hold his first sale in September.

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Christie’s merges Impressionist and Modern and Contemporary Art departments in coronavirus cost cutting programme

29 June 2020

Auction house Christie’s has created a new department called 20th & 21st Century Art group by merging the existing Impressionist and Modern Art and Contemporary Art teams.

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Online marketplace seeks The Bruno Effect

29 June 2020

The former boss of Online Galleries and 1stdibs International plans a ‘private members club’ marketplace for antiques dealers.

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Pick of the week: Harry Becker's farmhands shine in Mid-Summer

29 June 2020

This 8 x 10in (21 x 25cm) oil on canvas board sketch of two farmhands cutting grasses with a scythe is unsigned but it carries a label on the back from an Ipswich Borough Council exhibition which identifies the artist as Harry Becker (1865-1928) and the picture’s title as Fieldworkers in Mid-Summer.

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Jewellery: Designs evoking the new expression of the early 20th century

29 June 2020

Jewellery provided one of the great expressions of the Art Nouveau style. Here ATG reports on four exceptional items made in four different countries in the early years of the 20th century

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Sarah Bernhardt: jewels from the first global celebrity, quand même

29 June 2020

Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) – the first actress to achieve worldwide celebrity – continues to command attention as her work on stage and screen fades into the distant past.

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A Constable sketch, a Hornby locomotive and The Wind in the Willows first-edition are among the five lots to watch at auction this week

29 June 2020

With estimates from £700-20,000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Mayfair Italian art specialist reopens with help from ‘the fictional collector’

29 June 2020

A 1913 still life painted by Italian modernist Alberto Magnelli (1888- 1971) early in his career and a magazine holder of stitched leather and brass, c.1955, by French designer Jacques Adnet (1900-84) are among the works offered at M&L Fine Art’s post-lockdown show 'Close Quarters'.

British and Irish book auctions: June 30-July 17, 2020

29 June 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book sales.

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Pair of leaf paintings come from former Bluetts director

29 June 2020

These two 21in (52cm) fan leaf paintings, one with a panel of calligraphy, the other with an ink and colour landscape, are by Zhang Daquian (1899-1983).

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5 Questions: Rebecca Eames

29 June 2020

Rebecca Eames runs Eames Fine Art, which currently hosts an exhibition on Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore in its south London premises.

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Partridge adds weight in lockdown

29 June 2020

‘Freshness and sensible estimates’ contribute to record 5016 registrants for Macclesfield sale.

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Winter auction goes supersize

29 June 2020

South Cerney sale of nearly 900 lots mirrors the huge offerings held in Germany

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Intaglios cutting a deeper impression and making higher prices

29 June 2020

Interest in glyphic art, that reached its collecting apogee during Grand Tour collecting, is resurgent once more.

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ATG letter: Portobello landlord - grants are to help dealers pay their rent

29 June 2020

MADAM – Following on from ATG news articles (issues 2447 and 2448), it seems clear to me there is a group of Portobello Road traders who simply do not want to pay their rent during lockdown despite being in receipt of government grants.

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Paoletti’s postcards from Venice shine in Maidenhead

29 June 2020

A trio of oils by Venetian artist Antonio Ermolao Paoletti (1834-1912) were consigned to Dawsons (23% buyer’s premium) of Maidenhead from a private London collection.

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Mourning ring remembering William who drowned in Blackpool brings strong bidding

29 June 2020

This George III mourning ring is engraved 'W’m Tipping, aged 17, died 23 Aug, 1792'. He drowned while bathing in the sea at Blackpool.

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An upbeat market during lockdown

29 June 2020

The hunger among buyers to acquire good quality jewellery stayed strong during lockdown, writes John Benjamin.

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Petworth gallery returns to business

29 June 2020

Kevis House Gallery in Petworth hailed the return to business as sales followed the reopening of its premises.

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