Latest News Articles by Noelle McElhatton

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Midcentury Modern is ageing well

25 March 2019

Launched in 2003, the one-day fairs remain a big draw for lovers of 20th century design.

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Trade and politicians out in force at BADA fair preview party

22 March 2019

At a swell party in the heart of Chelsea, with the Taittinger Brut Reserve free-flowing, the BADA Fair's 2019 exhibitors could be forgiven for relaxing after days of stand set-up and moving fragile, valuable objects into place.

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Bamfords' James Lewis aims for Guinness Book of Records with marathon charity auction

20 March 2019

James Lewis, founder and director of Bamfords auctioneers in Derbyshire, will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous auction taken by a single auctioneer, in aid of wildlife charities.

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Daphne Du Maurier archive for auction in Ely features unseen photos of young Queen Elizabeth II

19 March 2019

She wrote two of the 20th century’s great masterpieces of fiction. Now on the 30th anniversary of her death, letters and photos relating to ‘Rebecca’ and ‘Jamaica Inn’ author Daphne du Maurier will go under the hammer at an Ely auction house.

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The Midcentury Modern fair in Dulwich is ageing well: a picture special

18 March 2019

If anyone doubted the continuing popularity of Scandinavian mid-century design, a visit to the Midcentury Modern fair at Dulwich College, London would set them straight. ATG went along to take the temperature among dealers and buyers.

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TEFAF and BADA fairs: Final preparations underway as dealers discuss Brexit

13 March 2019

As TEFAF Maastricht and BADA fairs get underway, organisers and exhibitors tell ATG that immersion in art and antiques is the perfect antidote to the political crisis unfolding in Westminster.

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Princess Diana complains about ‘too much media attention’ in letter for sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York

11 March 2019

Letters from Princess Diana written in the late 1980s and early 90s to a leading fashion magazine editor are coming to auction in New York.

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CADA fair 2019: a picture special

11 March 2019

The Cotswold Art & Antique Dealers’ Association fair switched its 2019 slot at Blenheim Palace from April to February and ATG went along on the final day to see the results.

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‘The Clarice Cliff collecting market has grown older with me’

11 March 2019

Familiar striking shapes and bright colours retain a strong following despite a fall in demand from the 1980s-90s heyday.

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CADA fair embraces date change

11 March 2019

Delight as the Cotswolds association’s event successfully switches from April to February.

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International Women's Day: five women who made their mark on art and antiques history

08 March 2019

To celebrate International Women’s Day, ATG brings you its choice of women who centuries ago, were trailblazers for the female artists who flourished amid the greater freedoms of the 20th century.

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Six lots of Clarice Cliff for sale at Woolley & Wallis later this month

07 March 2019

Two collections of Clarice Cliff pottery are coming up for sale in Salisbury, from typical wares to the very rare. ATG talks to Woolley & Wallis specialist Michael Jeffery about six lots that reflect the evolution of the pioneering designer’s output

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How the art and antiques trade is preparing for Brexit

04 March 2019

As we approach a crunch vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, a no-deal result is still a possibility – so too the prospect of an extension to the Article 50 process beyond the March 29 deadline. As the selection of comments and advice from across the trade suggests, the art and antiques sector, like businesses up and down the country, is preparing for every eventuality.

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Promotional feature: Picture perfect for Maastricht – exhibitor interview with Mark Weiss

04 March 2019

Old Master art dealer Mark Weiss began exhibiting at TEFAF Maastricht in 1988. But for all the important 16th and 17th century portraits Weiss has sold at the Dutch fair since then, few are likely to have made a local connection quite like his gallery’s star object for 2019.

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Promotional feature: Keeper of the flame – exhibitor interview with Oliver Moss of Sydney L. Moss

04 March 2019

It’s 12 months since Oliver Moss took the helm of fourth-generation Chinese and Japanese art dealership Sydney L. Moss. A busy year culminated in Moss making Japanese sculpture discoveries that will form the centrepiece of the dealership’s 2019 TEFAF Maastricht stand.

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VIEWPOINT: Sworders’ Guy Schooling: 'Why I filled in the trade bodies’ ivory survey’

26 February 2019

There is one week left to take part in an industry survey aimed at measuring the financial impact of the Ivory Act (2018), due to come into force later this year. We hear from one of those who has already responded.

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Vases dominate at Bonhams' single owner sale of Lalique glass

25 February 2019

A jade green Alicante vase took the highest price of the extensive René Lalique collection offered at Bonhams Knightsbridge (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) on February 21 – previewed in ATG No 2379.

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Vases dominate at Bonhams' single owner sale of Lalique glass

22 February 2019

An Alicante jade green vase was the top lot at a single-owner sale of René Lalique glass at Bonhams Knightsbridge. It sold for £35,000 (£43,750 inc 25% buyer’s premium).

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Cambridgeshire auction house Cheffins invests in new website and corporate branding

15 February 2019

Cheffins, the 200 year-old Cambridge-based auctioneer embracing real estate sales and agriculture as well as fine art, has rebranded with a new logo and website.

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Prof David Starkey: ‘Flair more important than great art scholarship to be a highly successful art dealer’

12 February 2019

Prof David Starkey has said the most successful art dealers, such as his friend Philip Mould, do not necessarily have the greatest knowledge of art history but rather possess 'a flair for discoveries'.