Latest News Articles by Frances Allitt

Louis XV commode

Battersea Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair’s busy opening day heralds strong sales

30 January 2023

A Louis XV commode decorated c.1975 with shells by the designer Anthony Redmile was among the standout sales at the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair’s opening day.

Giulio Asistide Sartorio pictures

Frieze master: dealer sells Sartorios to the D’Orsay

30 January 2023

The Musée d’Orsay in Paris has acquired two large paintings by Giulio Aristide Sartorio (1860-1932) from Rome dealership Antonacci Lapiccirella.

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London gallery takes wide-ranging look at landscapes across the centuries

30 January 2023

Traditional and contemporary connections examined through London exhibition showing mix of styles

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Chester fair provides selling showcase for the north-west

30 January 2023

The Chester Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair is an important moment in the calendar for collectors in north Wales and the north-west of England where there are few major collector events to choose from.

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The web shop window: Victorian reclining armchair

30 January 2023

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

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5 Questions: Book dealer Thomas J Symonds

30 January 2023

Thomas J Symonds of Symonds Rare Books has been trading online since 2017 and previously had a shop in Dusseldorf (until 2002).

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What a great work: it’s Brill

30 January 2023

'Lovers', a pastel on paper by Rosalie Brill (1903-92) features in the latest online exhibition by Modern British Art Gallery.

London Art Week

Summer fair turmoil: London Art Week steps up to fill the void

23 January 2023

London Art Week (LAW), which has announced dates for its summer edition, is welcoming dealers from cancelled summer events and plans to expand.

Toussaint Louverture

Pick of the week: Haitian hero rides into the New York Met

23 January 2023

A drawing of Toussaint Louverture (c.1743-1803), a leader of the Haitian Revolution, has sold from London’s Nonesuch Gallery to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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A 275-year-old London gallery celebrates its history

23 January 2023

Last week ice descended once again on London where Gladwell & Patterson, celebrating its 275th anniversary, is offerings an appropriately wintry scene.

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Albany Gallery stages exhibition of works from artist Josef Herman's estate

23 January 2023

The pen and wash drawing of three men and a barrel by Josef Herman (1911-2000) shown above is on offer at Albany Gallery’s upcoming exhibition for £500.

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The web shop window: Photographic portraits archive

23 January 2023

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

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5 Questions: carpets and textiles dealer James Cohen

23 January 2023

James Cohen is one of the dealers standing at LARTA which opens this week in Battersea Evolution on the mezzanine of the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair.

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Dealer news in brief including a sell-out collection of African and Oceanic art

23 January 2023

A summary of news and events from around the trade

Summer fairs cancelled

Shock closure of Olympia and Masterpiece summer fairs leaves dealer plans in disarray

16 January 2023

The 2023 edition of Masterpiece London and the summer Art & Antiques Fair Olympia have both been cancelled, leaving a crater in the capital’s summer season.

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London fairs scene under threat amid rising cost of staging events

16 January 2023

Brexit and decline in international exhibitors also blamed as Masterpiece is among the latest to close

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Harrogate Pavilions forms a Yorkshire triangle of events

16 January 2023

At this month’s 'Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair', Elaine Phillips Antiques, a returning exhibitor, offers a pair of 17th century high-back oak chairs featuring finely carved details.

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The web shop window: 'The funniest car mascot on the market’

16 January 2023

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

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5 Questions: Clare Wabe of Molly and Harlequin

16 January 2023

Clare Wabe of Molly and Harlequin specialises in antique maps and prints with a focus on natural history, though the stock ranges wider.

Art & Antiques Fair Olympia

Art & Antiques Fair Olympia cancelled for summer 2023

12 January 2023

The summer edition of Art & Antiques Fair Olympia has been cancelled by its organiser Clarion Events.