Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

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Royal Medical Service hopes to raise £15,500 to secure medicine cabinet linked to Lord Nelson’s surgeon Sir William Beatty

21 January 2021

Members of the Royal Medical Service hope to raise funding to purchase a medicine cabinet that has been linked to Lord Nelson’s surgeon Sir William Beatty.

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Hires and promotions – the latest appointments in the art and antiques industry

20 January 2021

An update across the market including at Christie’s, The Pedestal and book dealership Jarndyce Antiquarian.

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Scotland's coronavirus lockdown extended until next month

19 January 2021

Scotland's current lockdown will be extended until at least the middle of February, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

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Chance to buy Westminster street signs at auction as London council upgrades its portfolio

19 January 2021

Westminster City Council is upgrading its portfolio of enamel street signs and is selling off more than 200 examples at Catherine Southon next month.

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BADA appoints director of strategy and operations to new-look team

18 January 2021

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) has reorganised its team and created a new role of director of strategy and operations.

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Country house auctions on the way this month

18 January 2021

Golding Young & Mawer is to offer the untouched collection of a Warwickshire country house at the end of the month.

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Police alerted to missing collection of porcelain from Wiltshire auction house

16 January 2021

A Wiltshire auction house has alerted the trade to a missing collection of porcelain.

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Holy smoke and blistering barnacles – comics set records at auction

15 January 2021

A Tintin comic cover in France and a Batman number 1 issue in the US have sold for multi-million-pound sums at auction.

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Auctioneer puts his own name above the door after more than three decades in the same Winchester saleroom

14 January 2021

Iain Rushbrook has worked at auction houses for 42 years in total and in the saleroom at The Red House on Hyde Street in Winchester for 35 of them.

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London dealers sell 12th dynasty Egyptian relief to German museum

13 January 2021

An Egyptian polychrome painted limestone relief from the 12th dynasty has been bought by the State Museum of Egyptian Art in Munich, Germany.

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Promotions, appointments and moves – the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques market

12 January 2021

An update of moves and other developments from across the art and antiques industry including at Sotheby’s and Dreweatts.

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Art and antiques fairs and markets closed as auctions continue online

11 January 2021

All fairs and markets and physical art and antiques exhibitions and events are cancelled across England under the new coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

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Books by Jane Austen’s favourite poet return home to Chawton House

11 January 2021

Chawton House has bought a rare first edition of Poems by Jane Austen’s favourite poet, William Cowper, which was once owned by her brother.

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Dorset museum raises funds to secure Thomas Hardy archive from London book dealer

07 January 2021

The Dorset Archives Trust (DAT) has raised the final £5000 needed to purchase a collection of important manuscript and printed material once owned by novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928).

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Plea from London dealer to help find stolen Russian icon

06 January 2021

A Russian icon has been stolen from the shop of a London dealer and the art and antiques trade are asked to look out for the object in case it is offered for sale.

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Online sales remain the focus for art and antiques businesses under new coronavirus lockdown restrictions

05 January 2021

Auctions, shops and centres under the new coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England will be able to continue to trade online.

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Sotheby’s outpaces Christie’s across ‘transformative’ year

04 January 2021

Sotheby’s edged ahead of Christie’s in terms of annual turnover in 2020, with private and online sales helping both firms offset declines in totals from live auctions.

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More independent condition reports requested across 2020

04 January 2021

Demand for independent condition reports soared during lockdown, according to one restoration firm.

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Museum buys stained glass window designs

04 January 2021

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery has bought a presentation watercolour picture for three stained glass windows in a local church, St Peter’s in Cowfold, from London dealer Abbott and Holder.

The Bruno Effect updates on latest dealer signings

04 January 2021

The Bruno Effect, a digital marketplace that will provide a platform for initially 650 dealers to sell their furniture and collectables online, has revealed new dealers ahead of its launch.