Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

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Battersea Dec provides retail therapy

09 January 2023

Special showcase at the winter edition centres on very collectable shop advertising signs and fixtures

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First-timers and stalwarts all welcome at LARTA

09 January 2023

Two new dealers join the latest London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA) this month.

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The web shop window: 1920s micro mosaic panel

09 January 2023

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

Ian Davenport’s Lift 2021

Lyon & Turnbull to hold House of St Barnabas charity auction

07 January 2023

Lyon & Turnbull is hosting a charity sale of Contemporary art to raise funds for The House of St Barnabas.

Bonhams

Bonhams’ annual turnover breaks $1bn for the first time after string of saleroom acqusitions

06 January 2023

For the first time in its history Bonhams has reported an annual turnover of more than $1bn (£840m). The figures released for 2022 follow a raft of acquisitions by the company.

The Nativity

Ulster Museum acquires 16th century Nativity scene

05 January 2023

An Italian Nativity scene has been saved for the nation after it was blocked from export by the government.

Hampstead Antique & Craft Emporium

Protest planned at Hampstead Antique Emporium ahead of closure

04 January 2023

A group of traders at Hampstead Antique & Craft Emporium have organised a protest on the last day before it closes.

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UK dealers star in TEFAF Showcase spot

02 January 2023

UK dealers Elliott Fine Art, Callisto Fine Arts, Ben Hunter and Willoughby Gerrish are among the chosen new galleries to exhibit at TEFAF Maastricht’s Showcase this year.

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Herschel museum buys manuscript memoir

02 January 2023

Two Herschel family-related historic items – a Royal Society King’s medal and a manuscript memoir – have changed hands at auction and in a private sale.

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Coming home: New York Winter Show staged at regular venue for first time since 2020

02 January 2023

The 69th edition of the venerable fair takes place at its traditional venue of the Park Lane Armory

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Dealer Hawkins to sell townhouses tempters

02 January 2023

Antiques dealer and taxidermy specialist Emma Hawkins is selling a collection from her townhouses in Edinburgh and London at Sotheby’s this month.

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Single-owner sales boost as Christie’s hits art market high

02 January 2023

Christie’s reported the highest annual sales total in art market history, boosted by single-owner collections and a rise in younger buyers.

Jingle Bells

Christmas museum in Korea buys Jingle Bells sheet music at Wiltshire auction

22 December 2022

A 19th century printing of the sheet music to the famous Christmas song 'Jingle Bells' sold at a Devizes auction for £15,000.

Paul Allen Christie's sale

Christie’s trumps Sotheby’s in art and luxury sales in 2022

20 December 2022

The top auction houses announced their full year sales results revealing that Christie’s is back on top.

Murals

Piper and Bawden murals to the manor borne: Rothschild Foundation buys artworks for National Trust's Waddesdon

19 December 2022

Two large-scale murals by leading Modern British artists have been purchased by The Rothschild Foundation from dealer Liss Llewellyn.

Led Zeppelin album cover

Vectis Auctions launches new departments

19 December 2022

Vectis Auctions is expanding into new categories and has added three new departments.

Nativity scene

An artist’s Christmas card and an advent calendar by Andy Warhol are among five Christmassy items this season

19 December 2022

Christmas is coming and here are some art, antiques and collectables to bring on that festive feeling.

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Washington letters sell but constitution on hold

19 December 2022

“Yesterday put an end to the business of the Federal Convention. Enclosed is a copy of the Constitution it agreed to recommend.”

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Appreciation that’s long overdue

19 December 2022

Collectors are responding positively as dealers put overlooked female artists in the spotlight

Bart Drenth

A new TEFAF boss and recent auction house hires – the latest Movers & Shakers

15 December 2022

A round up of recent appointments across the world of art and antiques.