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).


Cataloguing clocks adds to collectors’ confidence

27 July 2005

Longcases sell well after prices hit plateauTHE 530 lots offered at Dreweatt Neate’s Bristol rooms in June covered most areas of the antiques trade with the exception of ceramics, but the sale was always going to be dominated by the strong 44-lot clocks section.

Trendsetters look to ATG and antiques for their inspiration

27 July 2005

WHETHER you’re in Holland Park, Marylebone or Covent Garden in August, you may spot something unusual in the shop window at Cath Kidston, the popular design company specialising in fabrics, jewellery, china and accessories.

La Locretia helps sell 16th century drug jar

27 July 2005

THE unexpected success of the pair of library chairs discussed above led the way at the Wisborough Green saleroom, but there was keen action, mainly in the three-figure range, across the three days when 1800 lots were offered.

Churchill’s thanks mean a great lot

27 July 2005

TWO lots stood out among the 600 lots offered at Hampshire. One was an 18th century matched pair of brass barrelled flintlock pistols signed Burnford, London, which, because of a missing ramrod and broken trigger mechanism were catalogued a/f but sold to a collector at a quadruple estimate £1600.

Barometers give business climate a boost at Grantham

27 July 2005

Two very good stick barometers, in the popular 1820s form with bowfront and ebony-inlaid mahogany cases, were among the highlights at Grantham.

SLAD – business is better

27 July 2005

THINGS are looking up according to the latest survey from the Society of London Art Dealers.

Sotheby’s strike gem of a partnership

27 July 2005

Sotheby’s are to link up with the Steinmetz Diamond Group to expand their current activities in the retail jewellery market.

Quality finds buyers but lesser pieces are a struggle to get away

27 July 2005

“SELLING more lots but for less overall money” was the verdict of Lawrences valuer Howard Page after more than 2700 lots went under the hammer at the Surrey auctioneers’ marathon June event.


Rarity sets £8000 Mills record

27 July 2005

To collectors of the so-called castle-top card cases, subject matter is everything. Pictured here is a great rarity.

Sotheby’s choose The Dealer’s Eye Trade consigners invited for NY sale

26 July 2005

SOTHEBY’s are to launch a sale in January that will openly rely entirely upon dealers’ stock for its content.


The Gothic tale of a blind mule and the holy nail

19 July 2005

Medieval French silver is not a plentiful commodity. Much of it did not escape the great post-Revolutionary meltdown, but one piece that got away was the late Gothic reliquary casket that featured in Sotheby’s works of art auction in London on June 8.

Invaluable up for sale

19 July 2005

Invaluable, the provider of electronic art market intelligence, say it is business as usual despite news that the company is up for sale.

Kingston University launch MA in art market appraisal

19 July 2005

RICS agree to credit new courseKINGSTON University have announced plans to introduce an MA in Arts Market Appraisal in September.

Yuans for the record books

19 July 2005

Two pieces of Yuan dynasty blue and white porcelain smashed coveted auction records in the UK salerooms last week.

Ewbank launch opt for live online bidding

19 July 2005

Surrey auctioneers Ewbank are now offering a live online bidding service and held their first such sale on July 7.

Auctioneers on alert as vendor tries to pass off fake silver

19 July 2005

A SINGLE vendor has been trying to sell very convincing fake silver smallwork through auction rooms in central and southwest England.

Kensington Church Street bids farewell to John Jesse

12 July 2005

September will see the end of an era and a Kensington Church Street landmark when John Jesse, the pioneering decorative arts dealer, shuts up shop following the expiration of his lease.

Sign up to petition to stop scam guides

12 July 2005

NO issue has caused more reader complaints to ATG in the past decade than scam guides targeting the trade. Now there is a chance to put a stop to them by signing up to a Europe-wide campaign.


Peter Wilson remodelled

12 July 2005

Nantwich, Cheshire auctioneers Peter Wilson have completed work to a new entrance hall, right.

Antiques show at Decorex

12 July 2005

DECOREX, the UK’s most important exhibition for the interior design industry, has invited the Antiques & Audacity antiques fair to contribute to the next staging from September 25 to 28.