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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Lalique vase features among glass offered at Cooper Events' Pavilions of Harrogate fair

14 January 2019

Janice Kehoe of Solo Antiques offers a French Art Deco vase signed 'R Lalique' at this month’s Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair.

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Keeping up to date with CITES: An update from expert Kim McDonald of The Taxidermy Law Company

14 January 2019

The laws surrounding antiques made with the parts of endangered species are subject to frequent change. Kim McDonald of The Taxidermy Law Company provides a refresher guide...

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On the Devon antiques trail in Ashburton

14 January 2019

Edinburgh offers an antiques trail as does Carmarthenshire in Wales. Now it’s the turn of Ashburton, a small town in south Devon on the edge of Dartmoor with a population of 4000.

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Arts hub in King’s Cross is venue for Piano Nobile’s latest exhibition

14 January 2019

'Cave Painting I' by British artist Jean Cooke (1927- 2008) is among the works on offer at Piano Nobile’s exhibition 'A Modern Venus'.

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Greeting card see-saw puppies on a high

14 January 2019

Produced by Raphael Tuck & Sons c.1900, ‘Puppies Playtime’ is one of a pair of greeting card see-saws that sold for £140 in the book and ephemera section of a December 15 sale held by Lacy Scott & Knight (20% buyer’s premium).

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B2B hopes for fine conditions in 2019

14 January 2019

Speaking before Parliament’s vote on Brexit scheduled for the week beginning January 14, Helen Yourston, director of B2B Events, said: “Obviously that is a real concern for dealers at our fairs, but so far bookings for 2019 are looking buoyant.”

5 Questions: Kathryn Bell of Fine Art Consultancy

14 January 2019

Kathryn Bell runs Fine Art Consultancy, which offers British and Japanese contemporary art as well as Modern British prints. The gallery next stands at 'Connect', the art fair in London that runs from January 29-February 2.

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Mod Brit art for under £1000 at Sworders' Barbara Holliday collection sale

11 January 2019

As the Barbara Holliday collection of Mod Brit art goes under the hammer on January 15 at Sworders, ATG talks to the sale's curator to discover lots that prove owning work by a blue-chip Mod Brit artist doesn’t have to cost the earth.

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Chelsea Art Fair cancelled as future remains “doubtful”

11 January 2019

The Chelsea Art Fair, which was due to return in April, has been cancelled indefinitely.

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James Bond memorabilia auctions include shocking letter from the saintly Roger Moore

11 January 2019

Suave and sophisticated are the terms that come to mind when referring to the late, great and saintly James Bond actor Roger Moore. A raised eyebrow perhaps. But certainly not the word ‘bollocks’.

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Painting of 19th century ship that encountered sea monsters and pirates sells in the Cotswolds after 40 years off the market

10 January 2019

A huge painting of HMS Daedalus by Bristol artist Arthur Wilde Parsons (1854-1931) was a highlight at last week’s Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair where is sold for £12,500.

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And they're off! Who was selling what at this week's Kempton Park fair

09 January 2019

It's only the second week of the new year and temperatures outside have plummeted. Try telling this to the trade – sellers and buyers – as well as privates who came to the year’s first Sunbury Antiques Market fair at Kempton Park to find a few diamonds in the rough.

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Antique dealer's son to auction extensive collection of oak furniture and delftware at Bonhams

09 January 2019

A fine collection of antique oak furniture, treen and delftware owned by Pelham Olive, the son of dealer and co-founder of the Regional Furniture Society Gabriel Olive, is to be sold at Bonhams.

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Bookseller boost as number of independent shops grow in the UK

08 January 2019

The decline in independent bookshops in the UK appears to have been halted with growth recorded for the second year in a row.

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Two-decade labour of love now over as book is published by Antiques Roadshow glass specialist

08 January 2019

Glass dealer and Antiques Roadshow specialist Andy McConnell has launched a book to document the history of glass, from ancient to modern.

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We need clarity on customs, say art shippers

07 January 2019

UK art shippers are urging the government to speed up Brexit ‘deal or no deal’ preparations at the country’s major ferry ports as the UK prepares to leave the European Union on March 29.

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More of ‘America’s first porcelain’ surfaces in UK

07 January 2019

A previously unrecorded teabowl and saucer attributed to a pioneering American porcelain factory is expected to bring a six-figure sum when offered for sale in Salisbury next month.

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‘A good way of getting it out there’: quartet of dealers take auction route in early 2019

07 January 2019

Four well-known dealerships have teamed up with auction houses for major sales of stock in the early months of the year.

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Former Thomas Watson director launches new auction house

07 January 2019

Former Thomas Watson Auctioneers director David Elstob is to launch his own auction house with wife Beth Elstob.

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Waterhouse name boosts oil sketch

07 January 2019

This unfinished oil sketch of a tree was kept by pre-Raphaelite painter John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) until his death and sold in his last major studio sale, held in 1926 at Christie’s.

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