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


Cistern used for wine doubles up as racing trophy

22 April 2024

A substantial piece of Edwardian silver which has served both as a wine cistern and a racing trophy was the most expensive piece of silver in Tennants’ (24/20% buyer’s premium) dedicated auction of jewellery, watches and silver.


Tortoise novelty silver could be a sound purchase

22 April 2024

A table bell was among the more sought-after lots in a dedicated 200-plus lot silver sale held by Roseberys (26/25/20% buyer’s premium) on March 20.


Bowls both with links to influential designer Dresser

22 April 2024

These two pieces share a common Aesthetic-movement style and a link to the influential and avant-garde designer Christopher Dresser


Barehead spoon boasts early date

22 April 2024

A highlight of Anderson & Garland’s (25% buyer’s premium) recent silver sale was a particularly early and rare North Country seal top spoon.


Eye on an Object: dominoes made by Napoleonic prisoners-of-war

22 April 2024

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.


Rich pickings in the Cotswolds

22 April 2024

It was a piece of modern design that led Kinghams’ (25/18/15% buyer’s premium) latest dedicated sale of silver and objects of vertu.


Show celebrates five decades of sumptuous costume jewellery

22 April 2024

An Oscar de la Renta orange flower vintage necklace offered for £385 is one of the highlights of an exhibition celebrating five decades of costume jewellery held at The Design Gallery.


Dealer Florence Evans takes the pick of Pillitz

22 April 2024

Until late last year, few people involved in the Modern British art market, even veteran dealers, had ever heard of Hedwig Pillitz (1896-1987).


Five questions with tribal art specialist Ian Shaw

22 April 2024

Ian Shaw is a specialist in tribal art and his recent projects include enhancing the gallery room of his Glasgow premises.


Dressed to kilt: a super sporran

22 April 2024

This early 20th century 10in (25cm) long sporran impressed in Edinburgh at Franklin Browns (18% buyer’s premium).


Heroes and crooks, stolen bronzes… it must be tales of the antiques trade

22 April 2024

Specialists now become prolific writers as Michael Baggott and James Braxton bring out their latest books


A feather in the cap of Eliot Hodgkin

22 April 2024

Artist’s record broken by trademark highly detailed study of natural objects painted in tempera


Wonders produced worldwide in a west London silver sale focus

22 April 2024

London auction shows the collecting appeal and opportunities for silver produced beyond Europe


Lakes picture book comes with links to Liverpool worthies

22 April 2024

Daniel Daulby of Liverpool, a brewer and collector of prints and drawings, was also a compiler of a catalogue of Rembrandt etchings.


Probably best not to use this bowl to enjoy drinking wine

22 April 2024

Among the clutch of new exhibitors at the spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea is Mary Cooke Antiques, specialist in silver, whose key items include a George IV silver gilt table bowl.

Life study by Kathleen Scale

‘Jazz age’ paintings removed from barn emerge at Duke’s

19 April 2024

A cache of works by the ‘forgotten’ artist Kathleen Muriel Scale (1913-2006) will appear at a Dorset auction next week.

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Sotheby’s to offer Sutherland study for ‘loathed’ Churchill portrait

18 April 2024

Sotheby’s will offer one of the most complete surviving studies of Sir Winston Churchill by Graham Sutherland (1903-80). It was painted in preparation for the famous final portrait – a work which the sitter violently loathed and was later destroyed.

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Pop up vintage shop disguised as supermarket comes to Soho

18 April 2024

Online retailer Merchant & Found spent five years planning a new 'pop up' shop called The Vintage Supermarket.

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Plea to raise final £40,000 for Kelmscott Manor’s Samson tapestries

17 April 2024

The Society of Antiquaries and the Kelmscott Campaign Group, led by antiques dealer Martin Levy, are hoping to raise the final £40,000 needed to conserve Kelmscott Manor’s Samson tapestries.

‘Past Event’ by Prunella Clough

Artist Prunella Clough’s gifts to dealer Christopher Bangs emerge at Essex auction

17 April 2024

A cache of original works by Prunella Clough (1919-99) came for sale at Sworders’ latest Modern and Contemporary Art sale.