Latest News Articles by Laura Chesters

Sofa designs

University of Leeds to hold conference on the history of furniture

19 March 2024

Organisers behind the planned 'What is Furniture History?’ conference are calling on the antiques sector to contribute papers or presentations on this theme.

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The George Withers auction: ‘I knew this wouldn’t come round again’

18 March 2024

An auction house has existed in the Dore & Rees premises, a Victorian gothic building on Vicarage Street, Frome, since 1868.

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Marathon Withers collection sale brings £1.28m rewards

18 March 2024

“He stored everything like Russian dolls, everything packed away into something else."

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Burr wood furniture is back in the groove

18 March 2024

According to a recent Financial Times article, “burr wood furniture has its groove back”. Burr wood furniture has hardly been out of fashion – used in 16th century onwards in fine furniture it had a resurgence at least twice in the 20th century. But dealers note it is having its time in the sun again.

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Smaller lamps making a bigger impact

18 March 2024

Are you a ‘big light’ fan or foe? According to various social media posts and newspaper articles last year, there is a move away from the ‘big light’ (in part due to Tik Tok influencers decreeing so) to lamps.

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Decorative textiles to brighten the home

18 March 2024

There have been various trends around decorative textiles recently, including a move to curtains from blinds, as well as a desire for wall hangings, rugs and bed covers – any soft furnishing fabric to brighten up the home.

Copper jelly moulds

Kitchenalia: Demand increases for Victorian jelly moulds

18 March 2024

In the world of kitchenalia, jelly moulds are in demand.

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Trend setters: Are interior design influencers all hype or helping the market?

18 March 2024

Are influencers driving this market or is it just hype? We talk to dealers to find out what is really in demand and why.

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Seminar returns after ‘surge in de Lamerie fakes’

11 March 2024

A fakes and forgeries seminar at Goldsmiths’ Hall is returning after a five-year hiatus as concerns emerge of a rise in Paul de Lamerie forgeries.

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Early sales at TEFAF Maastricht as US buyers make their presence felt

08 March 2024

US museums were back buying at TEFAF Maastricht this year, with a flurry of sales taking place in the opening hours of the 37th staging of the international event.

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Wall mural from a Surrey cottage featured on BBC’s Fake or Fortune? comes to auction in Cornwall

06 March 2024

A mural painted on a wall inside a Surrey cottage which starred in an episode of BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' is to be offered with a £40,000-80,000 estimate.

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All the fun of the fair: John Barker collection comes to Essex auction

05 March 2024

A collector of late 19th and early 20th century fairground art is offering 47 examples at Sworders.

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Big expansion for Lots Road auction house

04 March 2024

Lots Road Auctions in Chelsea is moving to a large new saleroom in Fulham as the firm becomes an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) following the retirement of founder Roger Ross.

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TEFAF shakes up vetting committees

04 March 2024

Ahead of the 37th edition of TEFAF Maastricht the organisation has streamlined its Old Masters vetting committees.

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A Regency table from the collection of TV star Drew Pritchard is among five lots to watch

04 March 2024

With estimates from £100, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Shield withdrawn from auction amid Magdala looting claim

04 March 2024

The owner of a 19th century Ethiopian shield has decided to withdraw it from auction at Anderson & Garland.

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Ethiopian shield taken from battle of Maqdala withdrawn from auction

01 March 2024

The owner of an 19th century Ethiopian shield has decided to withdraw it from auction at Anderson & Garland.

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Early 16th century Flemish triptych emerges at Guernsey auction

28 February 2024

A religious painting believed to date from the first half of the 16th century will be offered at Guernsey saleroom Martel Maides Auctions next month.

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Entertainment memorabilia expansion for Sotheby’s plus other hires across the world of art and antiques

28 February 2024

The latest round up of Movers and Shakers at auction houses, dealers and dealer associations.

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Cotswold’s dealer fair relocates to London for 2025

27 February 2024

The organisers of the Cotswold Art & Antiques Dealers’ Association (CADA) are moving its annual fair to London next year.