Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

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Focus on online sales for tier 4 art and antiques businesses in England

23 December 2020

Art and antique businesses in tier 4 regions in England have had to close to the public and will focus on online sales.

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Ivory Cleopatra sculpture blocked from export in hope UK buyer found

22 December 2020

An export block on Death of Cleopatra by Henri de Triqueti, an ivory sculpture with British royal connections, has been announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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Export licences will go digital in autumn 2021

21 December 2020

Digital export licences will be introduced towards the end of next year in a boost to the UK’s art and antiques sector.

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Nimrod expedition sledge and flag head to UK institutions

21 December 2020

A sledge and flag from the first expedition to the Antarctic led by Ernest Shackleton have been saved for the nation.

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Record year for Acceptance in Lieu schemes with £65m artworks accepted for the nation

21 December 2020

A record amount of paintings, antiques and historic objects were saved for the nation in lieu of tax in 2020, with £65m of objects accepted.

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Auctions take a hit from Covid but private and online sales rise at Sotheby’s and Christie’s

20 December 2020

Despite the challenges of a tough 2020, private and online sales have boosted the major auction houses

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Plea to help find presidential pocket watch stolen from London dealer

17 December 2020

The trade has been asked to look out for a 14ct gold pocket watch that was stolen on December 12 from a gallery in Camden Passage in Islington, London.

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New salerooms plus appointments at galleries – the latest news across the art and antiques sector

16 December 2020

Movers & Shakers including news of the launch of Minster Auctions and a new home for The Pedestal.

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Book trade on alert after smash and grab thefts in London

14 December 2020

A spate of thefts from central London shops has put the antiquarian book trade on high alert.

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A bright new future as ‘familiar faces’ open fresh firm in Leominster

14 December 2020

A new auction firm has launched in the market town of Leominster in Herefordshire.

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Madagascar purchases archive of its last queen at south London auction

14 December 2020

Clothes, letters and photographs of the last queen of Madagascar are to return home after the Madagascan government bought the collection at a south London auction.

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Shipping & delivery: New world border

14 December 2020

Deal or no-deal, logistics firms are as prepared as they can be for any eventuality for Brexit post-December 31

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Brexit: Imports and Exports from January 1

14 December 2020

A number of changes will affect the import and export of goods from January 1, 2021, when items moving between the UK and the EU will have to undergo customs formalities and border control, like any other country.

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More items found by metal detectorists to be saved for the nation as Treasure definition set to be changed

10 December 2020

More metal detective finds will have a chance to be saved for the nation under new rules set to come in next year.

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The latest hires at The Fine Art Society, Phillips, Ewbank’s and BADA – appointments across the art and antiques sector

08 December 2020

The latest Movers & Shakers news including new faces at Phillips, Ewbank's and The Fine Art Society.

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Plans remain in flux for indoor art and antiques event organisers

07 December 2020

Organisers of indoor art and antiques fairs continue to make alternative plans for the first half of next year.

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Christie’s moves Asia to Paris

07 December 2020

Christie’s is moving its Asian art sales from London to Paris and Hong Kong from next year.

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New faces along King’s Road

07 December 2020

King’s Road in Chelsea is proving popular with new antique and design shops, despite the various lockdowns in England.

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Collection from James and Sophie Perkins' 17th century Grade I country home Aynhoe Park comes to auction at Dreweatts

05 December 2020

A flying giraffe and a triceratops skull may seem unusual inhabitants of a 17th century Grade I Palladian country house but people acquainted with husband and wife James and Sophie Perkins will be familiar with their taste.

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King’s Road attracts new design and antiques shops

04 December 2020

A landlord on the King’s Road in Chelsea has reported a boost in interest for interior design shops including two new antiques and design firms.