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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Range of highlights spotted in the Cotswolds

01 April 2024

A pair of Second World War Japanese binoculars are among the highlights at the Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Art Fair where the dealer offering them, Jeroen Markies Art Deco, is part of a group of newcomers.

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Medals & militaria: String of six-figure successes in Mayfair

01 April 2024

Mayfair auction house builds on an excellent performance last year with stand-out results at the start of 2024

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‘It felt like the old heyday of Clarice’

01 April 2024

Three-hundred lot sale of the Art Deco classic shows signs of the market returning to 1990s boom time

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Hennell’s wartime agricultural scenes in focus at dealer’s first online sale

01 April 2024

In his first online sale, dealer Andrew Sim of Sim Fine Art features a series of Second World War pictures of the ‘Food War’ on the home front.

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Victoria Cross awarded eventually ‘by vote of his brother officers’

01 April 2024

Among six-figure successes in the medals market, last year Spink sold the ‘Operation Chastise’ Distinguished Flying Cross group of five given to Dambuster Flt Lt Edward ‘Johnnie’ Johnson for £105,000.

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Pick of the week: Dutch Golden Age relic blossoms

01 April 2024

The gift of the private collection of the late George Withers keeps on giving.

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Cheltenham market to host 50 dealers this month

01 April 2024

Visitors to Cooper Events’ three-day decorative, antiques and fine art fair at Westonbirt School in Tetbury from April 12-14 may well take in another antiques shopping delight that beckons nearby.

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Single-owner collections at the double in Newbury

01 April 2024

Two prominent single-owner collections put together into a single Town & Country sale at Dreweatts generated some decent if selective bidding when it came to the pictures on offer.

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Textiles fair weaves an Indian pattern

01 April 2024

Handmade quilts, jackets, shawls, cushions and bags from Rajasthan will be on offer at textiles fair

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Personal touch on board: the ditty box

01 April 2024

With space and privacy at a premium on board ships, sailors used ditty boxes to store their most treasured possessions plus personal necessities and everyday items such as sewing kit.

Stonor Park marks start of car boots

01 April 2024

Probably the first of the 2024 season’s ‘country house antiques and vintage car boots’ will run on Sunday, April 28, at Stonor Park, near Henley in Oxfordshire, with 200 sellers.

New hires

New joiners at Lyon & Turnbull and Chiswick Auctions and an expanding trainee scheme at Woolley & Wallis

28 March 2024

A round up of movers and shakers across the art and antiques sector

Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell still life

Cadell still life sets house record for Great Western Auctions

27 March 2024

A fine example of a Scottish Colourist still life posted a house record for Glasgow saleroom Great Western Auctions (24% buyer’s premium).

The Treasure House Fair

The Treasure House Fair bolsters international expertise with new recruit from New York’s The Winter Show

26 March 2024

The Treasure House Fair has hired US fairs specialist Helen Allen as its development director.

Eucharist

Poussin’s Last Supper painting purchased by The National Gallery via Acceptance in Lieu deal

26 March 2024

The National Gallery has acquired 'Eucharist' (c.1637-40), a depiction of the Last Supper, by Nicolas Poussin (1594–1664).

The Pale Complexion Of True Love (Framed)

UK dealers announce series of sales to overseas museums

25 March 2024

Several pictures and one leatherwork portrait have recently gone to institutions in the US and France.

European Commission

Art and antiques trade unites against EU import rules

25 March 2024

Art and antiques trade associations have stepped up their campaign to “dilute the worst effects” of the incoming EU import licensing regulation which comes into force next summer.

Novelty silhouette hand screens

Pick of the week: Buyer is a big fan of Giroux’s work

25 March 2024

A pair of 19th century Parisian novelty silhouette hand screens, made by François Simon Alphonse Giroux, doubled their estimate at auction.

Silver seal matrix

Christmas wish came true for metal detectorist who found ancient and medieval combo

25 March 2024

“It had”, said the metal detectorist who found it, “been a wonderful Christmas present.”

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Pair of Portland stone sculptures by Charles Sargeant Jagger are among six lots to watch

25 March 2024

With estimates from £120, here are six previews of lots coming up at auction this week.

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