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THEN

14 years ago, January 2003

Art Fund grants mark start of centenary year

THE National Arts Collection Fund have announced a raft of new grants to celebrate the start of their centenary year.

First up is a grant of £33,000 towards £132,000 needed by the Glasgow Museums to acquire Harry Clarke’s stained glass window depicting the Coronation of the Virgin.

The Art Fund have also announced a grant of £10,000 towards the price of £21,000 to enable the National Museums of Scotland to purchase a sword made c.1822 for MacGregor of MacGregor.

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Fourteen years on from its centenary, The Art Fund is no less important now as a financial source to secure elements of Britain’s cultural history for posterity.

THEN

8 years ago, January 2009

Roger Warner collection dispersed at auction

THE death last year aged 98 of Roger Warner brought to a close the long career of one of the last old school eclectic but knowledgeable country dealers.

For 50 of those years, from 1936-85, he lived and traded from an imposing stone-fronted house in Burford, Oxfordshire.

The more expensive material will be offered at Christie’s South Kensington next week with 640 lots that reflect his many collecting enthusiasms.

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The Roger Warner auction was the kind of old-school sale that is increasingly hard to find in the salerooms these days and it was duly appreciated eight years ago. Christie’s catalogue sold out before the auction, 5000 people came to view and the sale total doubled the predictions at £1.62m.