Art and antiques news from 2005

In 2005 after 10 years in the role, Lord Brooke stepped down as president of BADA. He was succeeded by Baroness Rawlings.

Arms and armour specialist Thomas del Mar became the latest Sotheby's expert to set up an independent business. He followed Kerry Taylor (fashion and couture), Graham Budd (sporting memorabilia) and Morton & Eden (coins and medals).

SOFAA awards

08 November 2005

Second year student Claire Playle and third year student Sharon Hall were the recipients of the Christopher Weston/SOFAA bursaries at the AGM of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers at Wilton House, near Salisbury on October 31.


First Fleet folio sails to record treaty sale

08 November 2005

Dreweatt Neate Fine Art have arranged a major private treaty sale to the National Library of Australia, on behalf of a prominent UK family, of a historically important folio of watercolours.


The pinnacle of Chinese taste

08 November 2005

The emerging class of wealthy Chinese buyers continues to boost the top-end of the art and antiques market in the Far East. So it wasn’t a huge surprise that Sotheby’s set a house record in this autumn’s Hong Kong series, taking HK$850.9m (£61.7m) from seven sales.

Arts Council extends loans to London Trade fears unfair interest-free advantage

02 November 2005

BY ALEX CAPON THE Arts Council is to extend its policy of offering interest-free loans to encourage Contemporary art sales by allowing London galleries to apply for the scheme.

Help sought in Hants thefts

02 November 2005

Police in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, are investigating a series of thefts from antiques shops and galleries in the area over the last month, which officers believe are linked.

Education, education, education,

02 November 2005

Nicholas Somers, recently re-elected as chairman of the RICS Fine Art and Antiques Faculty, will make education the focus of his third and final term.

Baltimore show goes South

02 November 2005

Less than a month after celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show has been acquired by the managing partners of the Palm Beach Jewelry & Antique Show from Frank Farbenbloom.

Art donations may soon attract income tax relief

02 November 2005

ART donations to public collections could soon be used to partially offset income tax.

Barry Davies remembered

02 November 2005

A memorial service for Barry Davies, the well-known dealer in Japanese works of art who died in September, will be held on Monday, December 12.


Winning the Richmond Cup again

02 November 2005

The Richmond Gold Cup was one of the great Georgian flat races. Four miles, eight of the finest thoroughbreds of the day, and an ancient course set in the rolling Capability Brown parklands of Aske Hall.

Whitehall to delay Droit de Suite, Minister still mulling over details

25 October 2005

BY IVAN MACQUISTEN Droit de Suite, the much-feared extra levy on art sales, cannot now be introduced in the UK on January 1 next year.


Bonhams fly the flag to launch a new era

25 October 2005

BY IVAN MACQUISTENROBERT Brooks has been nailing his colours to the mast in more ways than one in the past week.


£1.3m atlas in pole position

25 October 2005

BY IAN MCKAYWRITING about some of the more important items in his peerless private collection of atlases and geographies, the late Lord Wardington said of the Doria Atlas: “I just hope that it... will prove to be as good an investment in the future as I might have made in stocks and shares.”

Olympia feast

25 October 2005

For anybody wanting to combine fine art with fine food, the Winter Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair are offering a two-course meal and glass of wine at the Leith’s restaurant for £18.75.

The Forbidden City unveiled

25 October 2005

There will be a rare chance to glimpse some of the long unseen areas of Beijing’s Forbidden City on November 28, when Henry Tzu Ng of the World Monuments Fund will deliver a lecture at the Royal Academy in conjunction with their forthcoming exhibition – China: The Three Emperors, 1662-1795.

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Chance to break the mould

25 October 2005

When the Troika pottery in Newlyn closed its doors in 1983 its moulds were secured for posterity, not in a local museum or the collection of a Troika devotee but in a garden shed in Northumberland.

Non-invasive laser ID – another step forward in ceramic fingerprinting

25 October 2005

BY ALEX CAPON NEW techniques for the scientific ‘fingerprinting’ of ceramics may soon become more practical for the trade to use.

Christie’s in China Forever

25 October 2005

Christie’s, the first Western auction house to establish a representative office in China in 1994, have joined forces with Forever, a newly-established Beijing-based auction house, to hold their first sale in mainland China next month.

Neal move to Mississippi for December sale

25 October 2005

Neal Auction Co., temporarily displaced from their New Orleans headquarters, will hold their annual Louisiana Purchase sale on December 3-4 in Jackson, Mississippi.


Helping with the church funds...

25 October 2005

Setting a new house record for Holloways of Banbury, this enigmatic alabaster urn shot to £170,000 (plus 15% buyer’s premium) on October 18.