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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Rolex Milsub brings house record in Birmingham

31 August 2020

A rare Rolex ‘Milsub’ – an enhanced version of the brand’s classic diving watch the Submariner – set a new record for a watch at Fellows last week with a hammer price of £140,000 (£165,200 including premium).

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Obituary: European ceramics dealer Kate Davson (1938-2020)

31 August 2020

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Kate Davson (Kate Foster), who died peacefully at home last month of cancer at the age of 82.

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Lega mask makes appearance in Edinburgh

31 August 2020

Included in the African section of the African and Oceanic Art and Antiquities auction to be held by Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on September 16, this 10in (25cm) high Lega mask is from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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5 Questions: Book dealer Bernard Shapero

31 August 2020

Bernard Shapero of Shapero Rare Books is among the newcomers to the Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair (September 11-13) this year.

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Collection offered at auction highlights an engineer’s fascination in native history

31 August 2020

A number of single-owner collections feature in Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury’s September 22 Tribal Art and Antiquities auction. These include the Michael G Johnson collection which makes up over 100 lots in the North American section.

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The web shop window: Antique blackboard with a revolving lesson

31 August 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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Belgrave St Ives goes to online

31 August 2020

Belgrave St Ives is moving from its premises of 22 years to operate as an online gallery from September 1. Formerly using a space on Fore Street, it will now run out of its studio and art store in nearby Towednack, where individual viewings may be arranged.

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Norwich lion spoon takes pride of place at Salisbury auction

31 August 2020

Once the second city in the kingdom, Norwich had its own silver assay office during three periods between 1565 and 1702.

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Liverpool auction looks to Asia

31 August 2020

This 7in (18cm) Satsuma 'koro' is modelled in the form of a 'yoroi bitsu' (Samurai armour storage box) with the 'kabuto' (traditional Japanese helmet) forming the lid.

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17th century cabinet blending East and West style attracts interest in Henley auction

31 August 2020

This 17th century teak, ebony and ivory standing cabinet or contador is a type associated with the Indo-Portuguese settlement in Goa.

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Minton majolica bear drums up interest at Farnham sale

31 August 2020

This Minton majolica figure of a 12in (30cm) dancing bear playing a drum kit carries a patent lozenge for May 1876.

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Rich variety of printed material sold in Cornwall auction

31 August 2020

Extensively interleaved with scholarly notes and running to over 700pp, a Japanese and English Dictionary compiled by JC Hepburn was a notable rarity in a Cornish summer sale.

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Chinese export cabinets at Bellmans come market-fresh from family

31 August 2020

A pair of Chinese export black lacquer chinoiserie decorated cabinets on stands came for sale at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in Wisborough Green, West Sussex on August 11 with a blue-chip provenance.

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Jeremy Vine, Clare Balding and Chiswick Auctions among supporters of charity auction to help Chiswick House

29 August 2020

Chiswick House & Gardens in west London is an 18th century villa and gardens planned by Lord Burlington.

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Carved ‘Black Forest’ hound stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

28 August 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a carved hound stick stand that sold for more than four-times estimate in Hampshire.

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Vintage fair So Last Century returns with Bank Holiday weekend event

27 August 2020

So Last Century, the vintage event focused on homeware, furniture, lighting and posters, is to hold its first fair after lockdown on August 31 in Beckenham.

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New office for Catherine Southon and appointments at Bonhams and Heritage – the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques world

27 August 2020

A new consignment office for auction house Catherine Southon is among the latest updates from across the sector.

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The Magic Circle reunited with lost copy of the earliest known English book on performing magic

26 August 2020

The 16th century book 'The Discoverie of Witchcraft' by Reginald Scot is the earliest known book in English explaining how to perform magic.

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Government loans and grants available for commercial arts organisations

25 August 2020

The UK government has made up to £1.57bn available for commercial arts businesses which includes art and antiques galleries and fairs.

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Gustav Klimt sketch for the Beethoven Frieze emerges at Chiswick Auctions

25 August 2020

A drawing by Gustav Klimt is being offered at Chiswick Auctions this week.

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