Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

Portrait of Algernon Moses Marsden

Tissot’s iconic portrait saved for the nation with funding from sitter’s descendants

08 December 2022

A portrait of art dealer Algernon Moses Marsden (1847–1920) by Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836–1902) has been purchased for the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery with funding from descendants of Marsden.

Living room

Dealer marketplace reveals design trends survey

07 December 2022

Online dealer portal 1stDibs revealed pastels, green and chintz are in, but grey and white are out for 2023, according to interior designers.

Ivory casket

UK buyer sought for £1.5m French gothic ivory casket

06 December 2022

A 14th century French gothic ivory casket or coffret has been blocked from export by the UK government in the hope a British institution can raise the £1.5m funds needed to keep it in the country.

Harland Miller print

Dreweatts and Forum draw closer together with joint sale and combined departments

05 December 2022

Dreweatts and Forum Auctions are to hold their first joint sale this month.

The Emporium Hungerford

Hungerford's Emporium traders eager for an enthusiastic buyer

05 December 2022

The search is on for a new owner of The Emporium in Hungerford.

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York bookshop starts new chapter

05 December 2022

News of historic premises being revived, a closure – plus a new outlet starting in Skipton

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Items from Hunting Lodge appear in Pimlico Road showroom

05 December 2022

A Christmas selling show of more than 100 antiques will be offered at interior design and decorating firm Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler’s Pimlico Road showroom.

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Yard sale from the Bower Ismay home

05 December 2022

More than 20 yards of Morris & Co fabric and two Howard & Son chairs were among a group of lots consigned to auction in Wiltshire with a provenance to Haselbech Hall, Northampton, and the Bower Ismay family.

New hires

A new dealership and auction house hires – a round-up of recruitment news

01 December 2022

The latest Movers & Shakers update from across the world of art and antiques.

Gas lamp

Plea for art and antiques trade to help save London’s historic gas lamps

30 November 2022

The London Gasketeers, a group trying to preserve London’s historic gas lamps, has called on the art and antiques trade to help list at-risk examples.

Picture of the Hunting Lodge sitting room

Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler host Christmas antiques selling show in Pimlico Road

29 November 2022

A Christmas selling show of more than 100 antiques will be offered at interior design and decorating firm Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler's Pimlico Road showroom.

Johan Zoffany’s Beggar’s Ballad

London Art Week puts on winter show with a Zoffany performance

28 November 2022

London Art Week (LAW) has decided it will go ahead with a winter edition this season, contrary to initial reports.

Gasketeers keep city’s lamps in the spotlight

28 November 2022

The London Gasketeers, a group led by dealers Luke Honey and Tim Bryars trying to preserve central London’s Victorian gas lamps, has given a cautious welcome to a decision by Westminster City Council to retain 174 of them.

Gas lamp

Antiques dealers’ campaign to save Westminster’s gas lamps continues as a third of lanterns remain at risk

24 November 2022

The London Gasketeers, a group trying to preserve central London’s Victorian gas lamps, welcomed a step by Westminster City Council to retain 174 of the lamps but concerns remain for the 94 still earmarked for conversion to LED.

Lalique vase

Plea for help to find stolen Lalique glass vase

23 November 2022

Police are appealing for help to track down a stolen Lalique glass vase.

Gemma Sudlow

Expansion and hires including Hindman to open a New York saleroom

22 November 2022

Hindman launching in New York and Sotheby’s expanding in Asia are among the latest updates across the world of art and antiques.

Julian Radcliffe

Plea for professional body to boost standard of condition reports

21 November 2022

Forensic and scientific expertise recommended when it comes to condition reports and verification of attribution.

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Reused, sustainable – but needs packaging

21 November 2022

How is the art and antiques trade to respond to the gloomy predictions discussed at the recent Cop27 in Egypt November 6-18)?

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Changing environment: how to reduce the carbon impact of shipping

21 November 2022

The art and antiques sector is already regarded as ‘green’ due to the items in question having been ‘reused’ and ‘recycled’ rather than created new each time.

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Ship or not to ship? An insurer’s point of view on one of the biggest dealer costs

21 November 2022

Shipping is one of the largest annual costs for art and antique dealers so it’s no surprise that many look for the most cost-effective method of shipping to get orders to excited clients.