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

Happy New Year

A Happy New Year 2019 to all our readers

01 January 2019

Antiques Trade Gazette wishes all our readers a very Happy New Year.

UK hallmark for 2019 released

01 January 2019

The UK’s hallmark for 2019 is a lowercase ‘u’.

View of the Seine by Jacques-Albert Senav

Five predictions for the art and antiques market in 2019

31 December 2018

What will happen to the art and antiques market in 2019 and what are the key factors at play affecting collectors, dealers and auctioneers? ATG looks ahead and makes five predictions for the next 12 months.

Summer Landscape by John Minton

Six highlights from the Modern British art market in 2018

27 December 2018

ATG selects six stand-out lots of Modern British art that sold in London and across the UK in 2018.

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Banksy shredding stunt continues to inspire the art world around the globe

24 December 2018

Street artist Banksy stunned the art world when his picture 'Girl with Balloon' automatically shredded itself in its frame moments after it sold for £1.04m at Sotheby's.

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Hampshire auction house George Kidner to close

21 December 2018

George Kidner Auctioneers and Valuers is to close following the retirement of its founder.

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Beyond Brexit: The new reality and changing landscape for the art and antiques market in 2019

21 December 2018

Brexit uncertainty. Tick. A weak pound. Tick. The ivory ban. Tick. Some of the themes that will permeate 2019 are already clear. But what else might the next 12 months bring for the art and antiques trade and its buying audience? ATG does a little crystal-ball gazing...

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Pick of the week: Rare Louis Vuitton travel trunk full of interest

21 December 2018

“Every specialist has an object that they dream of having in their sales,” says Matthew Rubinger, Christie’s head of handbags and accessories. “For me, it’s the aluminium Explorer trunk by Louis Vuitton. The market is full of silver-coloured metal trunks, but this piece is their inspiration.”

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Chinese peach at auction shows longevity in the market

21 December 2018

Estimated at £40-60, this unusual Chinese scholar’s object took £32,000 (plus buyer’s premium) at a recent auction at Rogers Jones in Cardiff.

Slipware jug

What lots caught bidders’ eyes this week? Five auction highlights including a dated slipware jug from the time of Charles I and a Beswick huntsman figure

21 December 2018

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include a portrait of a red bonnet-wearing lady, a Beswick huntsman figure and slipware jug from the time of Charles I.

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Early Pink Floyd poster group beats estimate at auction

21 December 2018

Posters covering band or artist appearances during the embryonic days of their development are proving very popular at auction – a trend underlined by a group of 1966 Pink Floyd designs.

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Croydon event ready for lift-off

21 December 2018

Organised for more than 20 years by aviation enthusiasts Dave Sutton and Alistair White in conjunction with the Croydon Airport Society, the annual Croydon Aviation and Military Fair is run on a charity basis aiming to keep the history of Croydon aerodrome alive.

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‘The first female Cubist painter’

21 December 2018

Early works from artist known as Marevna is key feature of family collection sold in London.

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Specialist textile fair running alongside popular south London event hosts 17 dealers

21 December 2018

The 'London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair' (LARTA) is held alongside the 'Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair' at the beginning of the year.

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Gold: A safe haven for 2019?

21 December 2018

"In 2018 we have not seen a great deal of movement in the price of gold and silver, but things could change considerably as we move into 2019," says precious metals dealer Michael Bloomstein of Brighton.

Cocktail theme mixes it up for first Battersea Dec of 2019

21 December 2018

The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair takes place at Battersea Evolution in the new year, offering a wealth of objects from early oak furniture to fine art to 20th century design.

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Hartigan's art is on the rise

21 December 2018

More female talent emerged at Roseberys in the form of this fiery piece of Abstract Expressionism below by American painter Grace Hartigan (1922-2008).

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Buyer hunts down Charles Lutyens hounds

21 December 2018

The Victorian Conservative politician Lord Coventry is believed to have commissioned this portrait of favourite hounds Rambler and Marksman.

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No sign of Mouseman demand tailing off

21 December 2018

Never out of fashion, the best furniture by Robert Thompson is going through one of its periodic surges – as evident at Wilkinson’s Doncaster rooms last month (ATG No 2369) and at Sworders of Stansted Mountfichet (ATG No 2363) in October.

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Local Cumbrian scene skates to £3600

21 December 2018

This seasonal watercolour of figures ice skating in the Lake District (below) sold for a mid-estimate £3600 at local Cumbria saleroom Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) on November 28.

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