Latest News Articles by Frances Allitt

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Captain Scarlet doll, Napoleon’s signature, and other art and antiques to buy in the East of England next week

18 February 2019

A 1967 doll from the classic show 'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions' is among the art and antiques going under the hammer in the East of England next week.

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They said what!? The week in quotes from the art and antiques market including a dissatisfied buyer and a dealer with flair

17 February 2019

From dissatisfied clients, to Valentine’s Day purchases and new logos, read what members of the art and antiques trade had to say this week.

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New York gallery offers wide selection of Japanese prints in moving out sale

15 February 2019

A wide selection of Japanese prints from the 17th-21st centuries are on offer in New York next month as a leading Japanese art gallery prepares to enter its new premises.

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Furniture takes centre stage at annual Cotswolds event

14 February 2019

A William and Mary period oyster veneered laburnum and chest of drawers is among the huge selection of furniture on offer in the Cotswolds next week.

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TEFAF Maastricht hosts virtual reality tour of 470-year-old Amsterdam map and four other fair highlights

14 February 2019

TEFAF Maastricht returns this year with a virtual reality exhibition set to transform the way a 16th century map of Amsterdam is experienced.

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Olympia London to be transformed in £1bn project as planning permission is granted

13 February 2019

A £1bn plan to revamp Olympia London, including the home of the venerable Art & Antiques Fair Olympia, has been approved by planners.

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William Powell Frith’s painting of Oscar Wilde at the Royal Academy goes on offer for the first time in over a century at St James’s gallery

12 February 2019

'The Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881', a scene of influential Victorians at an exhibition painted by William Powell Frith (1819-1909), is on offer from St James’s dealer Martin Beisly for a price in the region of £10m.

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Shakespeare’s Globe and ABA partner for June fair

11 February 2019

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) has joined forces with Shakespeare’s Globe as its charity partner for the next edition of its June flagship fair.

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Seven fabulous fans going under the hammer this month

11 February 2019

With many fans going under the hammer in the coming weeks it is an ideal time to get more familiar with this market where examples can range in price from a few pounds to the high five figures.

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5 Questions: Jim Dickinson

11 February 2019

Map dealer Jim Dickinson next stands at Art Antiques Cheshire (February 22-24)

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Cheshire fair smooths the way to romantic buys

11 February 2019

An ancient Greek lekythos, which would have been used to smear perfumed oil on a woman’s skin before marriage, is one of the highlights at Art Antiques Cheshire.

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US buyers fly into Battersea fair

11 February 2019

A 1976 secretaire by Bernt Rosen was one of the highlight sales at last month’s Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea where US buyers jostled with locals to bag the best objects.

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Chinese Year of the Pig provides theme for Cotswolds trade association fair

11 February 2019

English pottery specialist John Howard is among the many dealers featuring pig-related pieces at the next Cotswolds Art and Antiques Dealers’ Association (CADA) Fair.

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The CADA face of the fair

11 February 2019

Every year, a female portrait is chosen as the ‘Face of the Fair’ at CADA (see main story for fair details).

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‘Lost’ large Victor Pasmore mural looms back into view

11 February 2019

A huge linen mural by Victor Pasmore (1908-88) which until recently was believed to be lost serves as the centrepiece of Marlborough Fine Art’s next exhibition.

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They said what!? The week in quotes from the art and antiques market including the reaction to a mysterious Old Master

10 February 2019

This week Christie's chief executive officer talked about being "confident" despite "challenging" conditions. Read the whole quote and more of what was said around the art and antiques trade with our quotes of the week.

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Petition launches for antique bows to be exempt from Ivory Act registration requirement

09 February 2019

A London auctioneer of stringed instruments has launched an online petition to exempt bows from the Ivory Act registration requirement.

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Jorge Welsh hosts Chinese export porcelain conference as new book launches

07 February 2019

Jorge Welsh Research and Publishing’s conference ‘Fired to Last: The Global Reach of Chinese Export Porcelain’ coincides with its launch of a new book about a Chinese ceramic collection.

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Julian Trevelyan’s final work provides lift to new Connect fair

04 February 2019

Julian Trevelyan’s (1910-88) final oil painting, depicting Strawberry Hill against a pink sky, sold in the first hours of Connect – The Independent Art Fair’s inaugural staging on January 29.

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Cambodian bell brings a high note to Peter Petrou auction at Christie's

04 February 2019

A large bronze Cambodian ceremonial bell from the south-east Asian Bronze Age was the top-seller at the Peter Petrou: Tales of the Unexpected auction at Christie’s last week.