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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The web shop window: rare Bergman chess set

07 September 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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Object lesson from Wimbledon fair: glass eyes

07 September 2020

Though the first human in-socket artificial eyes were created by Venetian glassmakers c.16th century, the earliest evidence of ocular prosthesis was found in a female burial plot in Shahr-I Sokhta, Iran – dating back to 2900-2800 BC.

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Accessibility is central to oak dealer's relocation

07 September 2020

Furniture dealership Early Oak has moved from Burford in the Cotswolds to a more central location for all its UK buyers in Harringworth, near Northamptonshire’s border with Rutland.

British and Irish book auctions: September 8-19, 2020

07 September 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 8-19, 2020.

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Walking stick stand sold at Hampshire auction is a Black Forest beauty

07 September 2020

So-called ‘Black Forest’ carvings don’t get much better than this walking stick stand modelled as a seated hound next to a tree stump offered by Hannam’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Selborne, Hampshire.

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Cosmographica print pioneer

07 September 2020

Manuscript was brought to Italy from Constantinople and later printed in Vicenza

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‘You can never have too much folk art’

07 September 2020

Barney and Sam James own a huge warehouse showroom called The Home Bothy near Crawley in Sussex, currently only open by appointment.

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Indian miniatures expand appeal as demand grows on the subcontinent

07 September 2020

Indian miniatures are a common sight at UK auctions. With a keen, dedicated and often very knowledgeable collecting base, they remain a somewhat independent but active sub-set of the art market.

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I know that face… I think

07 September 2020

The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair (September 11-13), is a big step towards getting back to business as usual for many dealers and collectors.

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Fleamarket back on Church Street

07 September 2020

The two-day Hackney Fleamarket is back at Abney Hall on Stoke Newington’s Church Street with all sorts of vintage pieces including lighting (as in this picture below), suitcases, posters, maps, furniture, ceramics, glass, jewellery and records.

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Coffee pot shows rising power of prosperous Liverpool

07 September 2020

This George I provincial silver coffee pot c.1720, offered by Elstob & Elstob (22% buyer’s premium) in Ripon on August 20, is a great rarity.

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Royal Worcester plaque painters in the spotlight at Trevanion & Dean

07 September 2020

In the hierarchy of Royal Worcester fruit painters Frank Roberts (1857-1920) comes close to the top.

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British Museum buys collection of 103 Hokusai drawings rediscovered in Paris

05 September 2020

More than 100 rediscovered works by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) have been acquired by the British Museum.

Qingbai dish

Chinese dish owned by the ‘Jade king of Singapore’ stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

04 September 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Qingbai dish from the collection of Singaporean banker and collector Quek Kiok Lee that made over 35-times estimate at auction.

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Contemporary art duo draw strong interest at Roseberys

03 September 2020

Roseberys’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest sale of Modern & Contemporary British art had a stronger focus than usual on works from the second half of the 20th century.

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African American battalion medal from American Civil War comes to auction in Wiltshire

02 September 2020

This rare award, a Colored Troops Medal or Butler Medal of 1864, comes for sale at the Medals & Coins, Arms & Armour Militaria at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on September 23 with an estimate of £8000-12,000.

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Coronavirus: Photo London moves online as uncertainty continues

01 September 2020

The sixth edition of Photo London is to take place as a digital event.

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Hanson takes over assets of insolvent Charles Ross Auctioneers and Holloway’s

31 August 2020

Derbyshire auctioneer Charles Hanson has purchased the assets of two struggling UK salerooms: Charles Ross Auctioneers in Woburn and Holloway’s in Banbury.

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The £12,000 chance to walk in Charles I’s shoes

31 August 2020

An unexpected but welcome entry to Bonhams’ latest sale of Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts & Historical Photographs was a pair of 17th century linen, leather and black silk shoes.

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Elisabeth Frink's Royal Academy diploma withdrawn from auction and donated to Dorset History Centre

31 August 2020

Among the contents of the home of the late Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-93) and later her son, Lin Jammet (1958-2017), offered at auction last week, was the sculptor’s Royal Academy diploma.

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