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Pom Harrington is the new ABA president.

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Harrington takes ABA president role

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association has appointed a new president and council following its AGM on March 25.

Pom Harrington of Peter Harrington Rare Books takes over from Roger Treglown who will now act as the association’s immediate past president. Deborah Coltham of Deborah Coltham Rare Books will serve as vice-president and Daniel Crouch of Daniel Crouch Rare Books will continue as treasurer.

The 2021-22 council includes: Jenny Allsworth, Simon Beattie, Michael Graves-Johnston, James Hallgate, Thomas Heneage, Ed Maggs, Tom Lintern-Mole, Sophie Schneideman and Bernard Shapero.

Three new faces at Roseberys London

Roseberys in south London has appointed Mark Holdaway as maternity cover for current joint managing director Vicki Wonfor. Holdaway has previously worked for Auction Technology Group, parent company of Antiques Trade Gazette and thesaleroom.com.

Lara L’vov-Basirov also joins Roseberys as an associate specialist in the Old Master, 18th and 19th Century picture department to help grow its triannual auctions.

She worked at Christie’s for three years in the topographical pictures, China Trade paintings and Australian art department. Before then, she spent three years in the Old Master paintings department at dealership Simon Dickinson.

William Summerfield has joined Roseberys as head of sale and specialist of the Modern and Contemporary British art department.

He previously worked at The Fleming Collection in London before becoming gallery manager at Connaught Brown for nearly eight years.

New numismatics auctions launched

A new online auction house for numismatics is being established by dealers and auction houses from Switzerland and Germany.

The businesses behind the launch of Muenzen Gut-Lynt are Sincona, in Zurich, Switzerland and Weil am Rhein, Germany; Frankfurt am Main auction house Dr Busso Peus Nachf; Münzen Frank OHG from Nuremberg and Frankfurter Münzhandlung.

The online firm is based in the manor house of an old Lower Rhine estate, located just outside Düsseldorf.

Muenzen Gut-Lynt managing director Arne Kirsch is a former president of the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN).

Chicago saleroom moves a few miles

Potter & Potter Auctions has relocated five miles west in Chicago to a one-storey, 15,000 sq ft brick premises, originally built in 1961.

The building was previously the home of a caramel apple company and also provides 18 parking spaces. The new address is 5001 W Belmont Avenue.

The company specialises in paper Americana, vintage advertising, rare books, playing cards, gambling memorabilia, posters, fine prints, vintage toys and magicana. Its next sale, a Spring Magic Auction featuring the collection of Bill Trotter, is on April 24.

Ballet teacher portrait donated

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A portrait of Tamara Karsavina, ballet dancer of the Ballets Russes, by Jacques Émile Blanche – £48,000 at Christie’s.

A portrait of the ‘mother of modern British ballet’ will go on public display this autumn after dance enthusiasts rallied round to bid at auction.

The wealthy donors have given the picture of Russian ballerina and teacher Tamara Karsavina (1885-1978) to the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in London.

Estimated at £20,000- 30,000, Tamara Karsavina, ballet dancer of the Ballets Russes (1928) by French painter Jacques Émile Blanche was purchased for £48,000 (£60,000 including buyer’s premium) at Christie’s online sale from November 26-December 10, 2020.

The group that clubbed together to purchase the gift comprises The Linbury Trust; Lord and Lady Sainsbury of Preston Candover; Sir Simon and Lady Robertson; Mr Roger Harrison and Mr Kerry and Mrs Dimity Rubie.

Karsavina was a founding member of RAD. The syllabus was first constructed by her in 1954 and is still taught to students on ballet teacher education programmes.

The painting was given by Lady Mary Stewart Evans to English dance teacher Roger Tully in 1977 and it was then owned in the family by descent until it was offered at auction.

The RAD will open a new headquarters in Battersea this autumn and the picture will then be unveiled to the public.

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In Numbers

€12.5m

The amount for which three fake works supposedly by Modigliani, El Greco and Goya were being offered by a collector in Spain accompanied by allegedly false documents. The items were seized last week by the Historical Heritage Group of the Valencia Police.