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).

Mallett to expand further in New York

23 August 2005

MALLETT, one of Bond Street’s most famous names, are to expand their New York branch, with work hopefully starting in November.

Hanson opens in Derbyshire hall

23 August 2005

Charles Hanson, formerly of Wintertons, launches his own auction business next month.

Sales at Drouot up 15 per cent Christie’s post global sales of £879m

23 August 2005

Sales at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris rose by 15 per cent to €230m (£153m) in the first half of 2005.

Partridge devalue by £10m in bid period

23 August 2005

A much-publicised decision to devalue their stock by £10m, is the headline figure of the six-monthly accounts published by Partridge Fine Arts.


Thief returns to Colchester viewing

23 August 2005

Auctioneers in Essex are being asked to exercise extra vigilence after Colchester auctioneers Reeman Dansie had an unwelcome visitor return to their salerooms on August 9.


Hope (or Smith) for the furniture market

16 August 2005

Lincolnshire auctioneers Golding Young established a new house record on August 10 when they sold this superb mahogany breakfront side cabinet right for £135,000 (plus 15 per cent buyer’s premium).


Ten-day German castle sale

16 August 2005

A DECADE after the Thurn und Taxis and Baden Baden sales in the 1990s, Sotheby’s are once again decamping to a German castle to stage another mammoth aristocratic auction.

Encouragement on droit de suite. Government holds fire on key points

16 August 2005

INITIAL Government responses to recommendations made during the consultation on droit de suite are encouraging for the art market.

Third floor at The Showplace

16 August 2005

One of Manhattan’s best-known antique centres, The Showplace, is expanding its 30,000 square ft premises with the addition of a new floor that will open in early October.


Gosnell’s giant among pot lids

16 August 2005

At first glance there’s nothing very exciting at all about this Prattware pot lid.

Improved commission margins help Sotheby’s prosper as sales fall

16 August 2005

Despite a substantial fall in total sales, increases in buyer’s premium and vendor’s commission margins helped Sotheby’s post record revenues for the second quarter of 2005.

Wintertons Fine Arts to leave Lichfield

10 August 2005

Wintertons are moving out of the Lichfield Auction Centre as part of a plan to join their property and livestock divisions under one roof in a new auction centre.

Scots look at knives legislation

10 August 2005

The Scottish Executive is considering introducing a licensing scheme for the trade in non-domestic knives and banning the sale of swords. Both measures could impact heavily on the antique arms market.

Changing the silver linings

10 August 2005

Personnel changes are afoot in the silver departments of two of London’s major auction houses.

Bloomsbury ‘turnover up 60 per cent’

10 August 2005

Bloomsbury Auctions report that their new departments have helped them achieve a 60 per cent rise in turnover year on year for the first half of 2005.

HOK leave Dublin market to Adam’s

09 August 2005

Strengthening their position as Ireland’s largest auction house, James Adam & Sons have been assigned the fine art business of major Dublin rival and property giant Hamilton Osborne King.


Where are the new big hitters?

30 July 2005

The latest round of golf sales held up in Scotland threw up a now-familiar pattern of mixed results.


Museums consortium buy Cassel silver

27 July 2005

A TRAVELLING exhibition is to be organised for the unique Cassel silver collection thanks to major grants from the Lottery and the National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund).

Portobello strike deal with water board to prevent disruption

27 July 2005

THE Saturday Portobello antiques market will not be disrupted by water board works as feared.


He went on to inspire the Shire

27 July 2005

Long before J.R.R. Tolkien settled down to write The Hobbit, he had acquired a postcard reproduction of the ink, watercolour and gouache painting Der Berggeist (The Mountain Spirit).