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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Three contrasting ways to be big in Japan

29 June 2020

Two very different Japanese works on paper performed with equal gusto at Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) recent Asian art sale, both making 10-times-estimate sums for a vendor from Hertfordshire.

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Jewels of the Egyptian 12th Dynasty emerge in Cambridge sale

29 June 2020

Archaeological discoveries were a continuous source of inspiration for jewellery in the 19th century. Ancient goldsmithing techniques were studied and relearned. Jewels found during excavations of Roman, Egyptian, Hellenistic and particularly Etruscan sites were copied or reinterpreted.

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Fringe benefits for Bromley diamonds

29 June 2020

Among the many successful online-only jewellery auctions that took place during the lockdown was that held by Bromley-based saleroom Catherine Southon (18% buyer’s premium), writes John Benjamin.

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Peach of a scroll bears fruit in an Asian selection

29 June 2020

A Qing dynasty (1644-1911) embroidered silk hanging scroll topped Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) Asian art sale on May 28, selling online for £21,000.

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Lenfant roars as retro brooch sells in Notting Hill auction

29 June 2020

Georges Lenfant is one of the many unsung titans of the jewellery trade – a Paris workshop pioneering jewellery craftsmanship in the 20th century that produced jewels for the big brand names of the Place Vendôme, including Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and Mellerio dits Meller.

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The enduring appeal of the 19th century revivalism

29 June 2020

The Etruscan revival, that followed in the wake of the discovery of ancient gold jewellery in the 1830s, was the first and most popular of all the historical styles embraced by jewellers of the Victorian period.

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Studio ceramics as a way of life

29 June 2020

Collector’s philosophy for his compulsive pottery buying chimed with Buddhist beliefs

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The web shop window: Scottish lantern clock

29 June 2020

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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Life after lockdown in the art and antiques world - in pictures

27 June 2020

Auction houses, dealers and antiques centres have begun to reopen their premises to the public. All have taken steps to ensure buildings are ‘Covid-secure’ with new layouts, hygiene regimes and occupancy restrictions.

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Top-selling Titanic poster stars in our pick of six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

26 June 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a rare White Star Line poster publicising the Olympic and Titanic ships – ‘the largest steamers in the world’.

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Stanley Gibbons unveils refurbished Strand showroom

26 June 2020

Stanley Gibbons Group, which runs philately auctioneer-dealer Stanley Gibbons, numismatic dealership Baldwin’s and auction joint venture Baldwin’s of St James’s, will shortly reopen its newly refurbished shop and head office at 399 Strand in central London.

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Connect Art Fair launches exhibition portal and announces charitable donation

24 June 2020

Although the inaugural summer edition of Connect Art Fair has been postponed, the organisation has been busy supporting dealers and the wider industry.

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New appointments across the art trade at associations and fairs

23 June 2020

An update on art dealer Movers and Shakers.

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Kempton antiques market heads return of keynote fairs

22 June 2020

Sunbury Antiques Market is coming back with force next month, reopening with three, rather than the usual two, monthly events at Kempton Park Racecourse.

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Dod Procter's high brow oil takes £26,500 in Cornwall art auction

22 June 2020

The stand-out lot at David Lay’s latest Cornish art sale was an oil by Dod Procter (1891-1972), a leading member of the colony of avant garde artists working in Cornwall in the 1920s-30s.

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Inscribed first edition of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone makes £100,000

22 June 2020

One of the few first-edition copies of 'Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone' inscribed and signed by JK Rowling has sold at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh for £100,000 (plus 25% premium).

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How trading life looks after lockdown

22 June 2020

Auction houses, dealers and antiques centres in England began to reopen their premises to the public on June 15. All have taken steps to ensure buildings are ‘Covid-secure’ with new layouts, hygiene regimes and occupancy restrictions.

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Portobello Road Market dealer in dispute over access to stock

22 June 2020

A Chinese silver dealer is searching for a new home on Portobello Road after a dispute with his landlord, Portobello Group.

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Dealer Katz defined and refined

22 June 2020

London auction of dealer's works follows similar 2013 sale and Rafael Valls offering held this April

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Pick of the week: Meet the fakir who likes his sheep raw

22 June 2020

The highlight of Bonhams’ rescheduled sale of Indian and Islamic art held on June 11 was a group of a nine Company School watercolours with an unbroken provenance back to 1812.

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