Art and antiques news from 2007

In 2007 Christie's and Sotheby's raised their buyer's premium to the once unthinkable level of 25% for lots under £10,000.

In May contemporary art sales totalled $868 million in New York and in June £220 million in London, three times the previous year's total.

After renewed pressure from LAPADA the Department of Transport finally approved an official road sign promoting antiques as a local attraction.

Mullocks Wells to close

12 November 2007

North west Essex auctioneers Mullocks Wells are to close by the end of the year. Their Monday, November 19 sale of fine art and antiques will go ahead as planned but is likely to be the last at the Dunmow Sale and Auction Rooms.


Gibson’s final address

12 November 2007

Anyone who picked up Sotheby’s latest Chinese catalogue for their November 7 sale in London could not have failed to notice the stunning blue and white Qianlong moonflask on the catalogue cover, the piece that topped the sale when it sold for £2.5m.

Percival David collection moves to British Museum

12 November 2007

A FUNDING crisis means the Percival David Foundation collection of Chinese ceramics will move from the University of London’s School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) to the British Museum.


Art Fund hands out £5m grants to fund galleries’ contemporary art collections

12 November 2007

The Art Fund have announced the five £1m winners of Art Fund International, the scheme dedicated to building collections of international contemporary art at regional UK museums and galleries.


Making a splash at £74,000

12 November 2007

THE first book on swimming printed in England was Everard Digby’s De arte natandi of 1587.

Future of Frink archive in doubt

12 November 2007

THE closure of Sherborne House in Dorset leaves a question mark over the future of the Elizabeth Frink Archive, the premier assemblage of the sculptor’s work.

NY Asia Week: downtown fair moves upmarket

05 November 2007

DATE changes for Arts of Pacific Asia at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue mean the event effectively launches the 2008 New York Spring Asia Week.

Dandois and Steinitz light up New York

05 November 2007

When the last of the 823 lots in the sale of the contents Ariane Dandois’ Gallery on the Faubourg St Honoré in Paris was hammered down by Sotheby’s on October 26, it provided a $32.2m (£16.9m) grand finale to a month of sales devoted to traditional areas of the decorative arts in New York.


Cantering condiments at £7800

05 November 2007

The descendants of James Thursby Pelham, a renowned early 20th century collector who was advised by R. W. Symonds, are in the process of selling some fine English furniture.

Arthur James to move out of Delray Beach

05 November 2007

Leading Florida auction business Arthur James Galleries of Delray Beach is for sale.

Now bank reveals $40m claim against Salander-O’Reilly

05 November 2007

A private San Francisco bank has emerged as one of the largest creditors of Salander-O’Reilly Galleries.


Triggering tantalising tales

05 November 2007

Two different pistols with very different stories sold at provincial auctions in the UK in October.

Betjeman at Bonhams

05 November 2007

PREVIOUSLY unpublished letters from the poet John Betjeman are to form part of the setting for a travelling display of early 20th century jewellery designer Helen Holmes at Bonhams.

Bearne’s forced to withdraw Byron lots

05 November 2007

BEARNE’S have been forced to withdraw a large number of lots relating to Lord Byron from their November 7 sale.

Weak dollar leads to US antiques gold rush online

05 November 2007

Auction houses and antiques malls in the United States are reporting a surge in overseas buying on the internet thanks to the weak dollar.

Seafair back in dock – but afloat

29 October 2007

SEAFAIR has postponed its second leg on America’s Eastern seaboard and returned to Florida to address mechanical issues encountered on the maiden voyage.


Fellows set their sights on London

29 October 2007

Fellows & Sons, the Birmingham-based auctioneers and valuers, are to expand their operation to London and have appointed Richard Slater to spearhead the initiative.

French Auction Weekend 2007

29 October 2007

FRENCH auctioneers are to hold their next open weekend of events on November 17-18.


Dadd sketch heads for the Met in New York

29 October 2007

Art dealer Andrew Sim has sold a watercolour by Richard Dadd (1817-1886) to the Metropolitan Museum in New York. It is the first work by the enigmatic Victorian artist to enter the museum’s vast art collection.

Salander-O’Reilly lawyer says gallery is likely to file for bankruptcy soon

29 October 2007

New York Old Master dealers Salander-O’Reilly are expected to file for bankruptcy after a state judge ordered their gallery to be closed indefinitely.