Art and antiques news from 2003

In 2003 the Antique Collectors' Club annual index showed house price gains outstripping antique furniture for the first time in 34 years - a sign of things to come as prices brown furniture began to fall.

In the same year Leslie Hindman reopened her eponymous auction house in Chicago - six years after selling her business to Sotheby’s - and Antiques Trade Gazette was voted Special Interest Newspaper of the Year at the Newspaper Awards.


Scottish glass comes south for sale

04 October 2003

Ian Turner’s 142-lot collection of Monart sold by Christie’s South Kensington was the largest auction dispersal of this colourful Scottish art glass to date.

Ceramics high fliers target buyers with Bow and sparrow

02 October 2003

AS has been their custom now for many years, two of Kensington’s top ceramics dealers hold simultaneous selling exhibitions from October 7 to 18. For the 24th year Liane Richards holds her annual exhibition of recent acquisitions at her shop Mercury Antiques at I Ladbroke Road, London W11, just off Notting Hill Gate.

Keeping the thin red line steady in the buff

02 October 2003

REGIONAL dealers’ associations have become an integral part of the British trade over the past couple of decades and the first of them, the one that set the mould for all the others, the Cotswolds Antique Dealers Association this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.

A timely coincidence

02 October 2003

BEFORE I am inundated with complaints that Cotswolds clock specialists Jeffrey Formby Antiques are not members of CADA (although they are members of BADA) I know they are not, but their selling exhibitions held over two weekends in October do neatly complement the CADA shows which do not include a clocks dealer.

Entering the last Lap at the Institute?

02 October 2003

FROM a record 110 exhibitors just two years ago, when business was not exactly booming, expect no more than 50 at this autumn’s LAPADA Fine Art and Antiques Fair, to be held from October 8 to 12 at the Commonwealth Institute Galleries, Kensington High Street, London W8.

Wold-wide web of intriguing exhibitions

02 October 2003

THREE other Stow-on-the-Wold members are also holding selling exhibitions from October 11 to 25 and a contrasting trio they are. Baggott Church Street hosts A Sense of Proportion which displays some specially chosen pieces of period furniture commissioned by the middle classes to furnish their townhouses and country manors.

Builth on experience

02 October 2003

NOW operating as Continuity Fairs, veteran organiser Donald Bayliss has been putting fairs together for at least three decades, but seldom has he been as excited as he is about his second International Antiques and Collectors Fair of Wales, which will be held in Builth Wells on October 11 and 12.

Scott’s stereographic Antarctica

02 October 2003

A series of 73 stereoscopic photocards of Captain Scott’s first expedition to the Antarctic in Discovery, the National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-04, was sold at £1250 in a book, card and ephemera sale held by Acorn Auctions of Salford on September 9, where a collection of 19th century stereoscopic photographs of Sussex scenes, 51 in all, reached £200.

Punch up at Chelsea

02 October 2003

AS usual, hot on the heels of Caroline Penman’s Chelsea Ant-iques Fair at the Old Town Hall in the King’s Road, London SW3, comes The Little Chelsea Antiques Fair on October 6 and 7.

Furnishing Liffey-style

02 October 2003

FOLLOWING an evening charity opening this Wednesday the 38th Irish Antique Dealers Fair runs in the main hall of the Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 from October 2 to 5.

Your guide to the guides by our guide

30 September 2003

Miller’s Price Guide 2004: 25th Anniversary Edition, published by Miller’s. ISBN 1840008318 £24.99hb Antiques Price Guide 2004 by Judith Miller, published by Dorling Kindersley ISBN 1405300051 £22.99hb

Inspired printing in print at last

30 September 2003

Originality and Initiative: The Arts and Crafts Archives at Cheltenham, edited by Mary Greensted and Sophia Wilson, published by Lund Humphries in association with Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum. ISBN 0853318735 £25sb

Varnishing takes the gleam off ten works for fans of Fidler

30 September 2003

THE pleasingly freely painted, if sometimes rather dark, evocations of the English countryside by Wiltshire artist Harry Fidler ((1856-1935) regularly fetch respectable prices in the £1000-5000 range when they come up for auction.

Contents sale puts Scottish painters onto eager market

30 September 2003

THE Edinburgh firm of Shapes’ (15% buyer’s premium) September 6 sale of the contents of Glencruitten House, Argyll, the former country home of the Dundee venture capitalist, Alexander Mackay, was one of those rare opportunities for dealers and private individuals to buy paintings and prints by sought-after artists that, in a number of cases, were bought directly from the artists and had never been offered for sale before.

Bread-and-butter tea sets find their place at the table once more

30 September 2003

Greater levels of trade and private interest in what were fairly routine silver outings at Christie’s South Kensington and Bonhams Knightsbridge on September 9 gave specialists at both houses cause for optimism.

Cracking the Victorian glass system

30 September 2003

Victorian Decorative Glass: British Designs 1850-1914 by Mervyn Gulliver, published by Schiffer Books, distributed by Bushwood Books. ISBN 0764315988 £59.95

Emerald brooch reaches above estimate of £1.05m

30 September 2003

Two historic, finely carved Mughal emeralds were the highlights of Christie’s Arts of India sale in London on September 24. Topping the bill was a 17th century wine cup made from a 408.5ct carved emerald mounted in gold and enamel that sold to a Middle Eastern buyer on the phone for £1.6m (plus 19.5/12% buyer’s premium).

Cliff sale pulls in two new collections as pioneers build on their reputation

30 September 2003

AS WELL as their specialist musical instruments and clock specialist sales, the Bath auctioneers Gardiner Houlgate have been holding pioneering bi-annual sales devoted to Clarice Cliff and decorative arts sales for the past eight years.

Lenkiewicz’s public love affair burns on

30 September 2003

The Establishment remains unconvinced but eccentric’s studio sale is a sell-out: HAVING claimed to have slept with 3000 women, and certainly having fathered at least 15 children and kept open studio for the entire community of local vagrants, one of whom he kept embalmed in a drawer for 15 years, the Plymouth painter Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) was undoubtedly one of the great larger-than-life characters of British post-War art.

SOFAA fete industry stalwarts

29 September 2003

THE Society of Fine Art Auctioneers have awarded a number of Honorary Associate memberships to leading industry figures. The awards were announced by SOFAA chairman Chris Ewbank at the society’s dinner, held last week at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge.