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Scott’s tipple: glass jugs with a polar connection

23 March 2020

Among the Antarctic lots in the Travel & Exploration sale at Bonhams, the outstanding result came for a group of three glass jugs with silver lids, rims and, in two cases, hanging labels marked 'Whiskey'.

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How Adams Antiques Fairs' London event went ahead before future dates were postponed

23 March 2020

The round of applause that broke out for fair organiser Matthew Adams at the Royal Horticultural Halls on Sunday, March 15 was loud and, exhibitors said, very well-earned.

‘Reclining Man’ by Nina Hamnett

Sotheby’s reports ‘surge’ in online buying as clients forced to bid from home

18 March 2020

In one of the first tests of the art market since the UK government announced tougher ‘social distancing’ guidance due to the coronavirus outbreak, Sotheby’s latest ‘Made in Britain’ auction recorded a dramatic increase in online bidding.

Christie’s auction

Coronavirus: Christie’s postpones many forthcoming international sales and shuts down offices

16 March 2020

Christie’s has chosen to postpone many of its forthcoming international sales and close most of its offices in response to the coronavirus. The firm's March and April calendar is being restructured with sales in New York and Paris put on hold for at least two months, although its London office remains open.

Ludica coin

Silver penny from brief reign of forgotten Anglo-Saxon king now worth £32,000

16 March 2020

A silver penny of Ludica, a virtually unknown Anglo-Saxon king of Mercia, has sold for £32,000.

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Ceramics show provides a more accessible Picasso price

16 March 2020

Representing around 25 years of the artist’s output, the ceramic creations of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) represent a popular collecting field.

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Collection assembled by descendant of circumnavigator Anson anchors travel selection

16 March 2020

Offered very early on in the books section of the Travel & Exploration sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium), a 24-lot collection relating to George Anson amassed by the late Colin Paul, a descendant of the admiral, attracted considerable interest.

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Lancer lots charge into auctions

16 March 2020

The Crimea medal awarded to one of only two officers taken prisoner by the Russians during the calamitous Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854 sold for £14,000 at London saleroom Dix Noonan Webb (25% buyer’s premium).

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Sim Fine Art offers rediscovered works by wartime hospital artist

16 March 2020

Dealer’s London exhibition showcases the ‘exceptional’ but forgotten work of Paul Drury.

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New discovery of coin marking the end of silver offered at Baldwin’s

09 March 2020

As the Standard Catalogue of British Coins points out, this tiny denomination, the George VI silver threepence dated 1945 , essentially marks the end of the silver coinage and the beginning of modern coins made of copper-nickel and brass.

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Growth in second-hand will ‘skyrocket’, conference hears

09 March 2020

The art and antiques trade should be able to tap into the desire by younger people to buy second-hand, delegates of the latest LAPADA Conference were told.

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Toys, trifles and trinkets in St James’s

09 March 2020

A rare Chelsea bodkin case in the form of a cauliflower spear is among the objects on offer at the Albert Amor exhibition 'Toys and Trifles', featuring a single-owner collection built up over 20 years.

Discover royal bedroom secrets with the help of Haughton

09 March 2020

Forget Harry and Meghan: go back in time to explore the private lives of historic royals at The Haughton International Seminar, which returns this summer.

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Interviews: First-time exhibitors and returning dealers at The Open Art Fair 2020

09 March 2020

The first edition of 'The Open Art Fair' opens this month having morphed out of the BADA Fair. Here we speak to three dealers who have previously stood at the BADA event and another who has signed up for the first time.

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Solid interest at Forum Auctions for Anthony Askham leaves

09 March 2020

Very much the surprise of an online sale held by Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) was a lot presenting incomplete fragments of 'An Almanacke and Prognosticatyon'… for the year 1552.

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Plymouth and Bristol porcelain to be talk of the town in Chelsea

09 March 2020

Single-owner collection to form one of the highlights at Penman’s west London event

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Juhl serves up a £6000 salad surprise

09 March 2020

The near dominance of Scandinavians among mid-20th century designers of wood furniture and artefacts was underlined at two sales at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in February.

Hendrik van Minderhout's view of Ostend

Dealer Rafael Valls offers 100 Old Masters in Sotheby’s online sale

05 March 2020

London art dealer Rafael Valls has consigned a group of works to Sotheby’s which will be offered in an online sale next month.

LAPADA conference at RSA House

How to promote the art and antiques trade and win new customers – LAPADA conference 2020

03 March 2020

How to best promote the art and antiques trade, take advantage of the worldwide focus on sustainability and win new customers were the themes for this year’s LAPADA conference.

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Sleepy Canadian oil awakened in Teddington

02 March 2020

A briefly catalogued 20th century painting, spotted by bidders as the work of the Ontario-born painter David Milne (1882-1953), raced to £38,000 at auction in Teddington. It had come for sale from Eaton Cottage in Thames Ditton, Surrey, with an estimate of just £100-200.

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