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).


Not big money but it’s still a model market

22 October 2005

THE 20th century fashion and accessories sales at Christie’s South Kensington (20/12% buyer’s premium) are not the firm’s biggest money-spinners.

Now there’s another delay in collusion payments Red tape means a further two or three months’ wait

18 October 2005

Red tape continues to delay compensation payments in the Sotheby’s/Christie’s collusion case, despite assurances that they would be made by the end of September.

Spink warrant

18 October 2005

London coin and stamp specialists Spink have been awarded an additional Royal Warrant for their services in philately.

Artcurial win ‘Tajan’

18 October 2005

A French court has upheld the right of Paris auction firm Artcurial to use the name F. Tajan in their full title Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.

Potter the pioneer

18 October 2005

With perfect timing in advance of the forthcoming biopic starring Renee Zellweger as Beatrix Potter, the lecture at this year’s AGM of the British Antique Furniture Restorer’s Association was entitled Beatrix Potter – A Pioneer in Regional Furniture Discovery.

LAPADA tackle trade legal issues

18 October 2005

LAPADA have organised a free legal seminar for members in conjunction with the City law firm Withers to take place at 5.30pm on Wednesday, November 30 at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1.

DMG bring back trade entry discount

18 October 2005

DMG Antiques Fairs have announced the return of discounted trade entry for both the Newark and the Ardingly International Antiques and Collectors Fairs.

Bonhams buy out LVMH stake

18 October 2005

LVMH have sold their 49.9 per cent shareholding in auction house Bonhams 1793 back to Bonhams.

Gold hits a 17-year high as precious metals rise

18 October 2005

GOLD hit a 17-year high of £268.81 per 24 carat troy ounce as ATG went to press, Michael Bloomstein of Brighton reported.


Strange tale of a nude awakening

18 October 2005

When Alex Butcher’s eye was drawn to this painting, right, he did not realise that part of the attraction might have been its familiarity.


Thieves target antiques centres

05 October 2005

POLICE are warning antiques dealers to look out for the two men, pictured left, who they believe are professional thieves targeting antiques centres and shops.


Cranes fly to £72,000 in Derby

05 October 2005

Pictured right is a Yongzheng period (1723-1735) egg-yolk yellow ground ‘cranes’ bowl that was offered on the second day of a three-day sale conducted by Bamfords in Derby from September 13-15.

New ceramics test will help defeat the fakers Clay make-up will identify quarry and even kiln

05 October 2005

SCIENTISTS in Australia have developed a new method of identifying of ancient Chinese ceramics which could play a major role in the battle against fakes.

Sotheby’s back Web learning at new online marketplace

05 October 2005

SOTHEBY’S Institute are backing a new web initiative to improve interest and knowledge in art and antiques.

Wallace Collection MA places

05 October 2005

Places are still available for this October on the MA course in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors, based at the Wallace Collection.

Bermondsey development underway

28 September 2005

HOARDINGS will shortly go up at London’s largest antiques market as Southwark Council announced that construction work for redeveloping Bermondsey market will begin before the end of the year.

Youthful face for French auctioneers SYMEV launch auction weekend

28 September 2005

France’s Auctioneers’ Association SYMEV is to stage the first-ever Journées Nationales des Ventes aux Enchères (National Auction Weekend) on November 19-20.


Cocking a snook through a window

23 August 2005

Stained glass windows are not common fare in sales of English literature but the 2ft 8in (81cm) wide panel seen at Sotheby’s on July 12 merited inclusion on account of both its designer and its subject matter.

Andrew Grant closes in Worcester…

23 August 2005

The well-known Worcestershire firm Andrew Grant are expected to close their fine art auction department.

Expanding coins firm makes two new signings

23 August 2005

Antique coins trading company Noble Investments have appointed Stephen and Paul Hill as associate directors.