A delegation of French auctioneers, led by SyMEV President Hervé Chayette (centre), watch online live bidding in progress during a visit to ATG’s offices last Thursday. PHOTO: HELEN SAXON

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Following visits to ATG, Christie's and Sotheby's, they enjoyed an evening visit to the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair.

To experience a provincial saleroom, they travelled to Washington rooms of Toovey's in West Sussex, where the chairman of the RICS Art and Antiques Faculty, Rupert Toovey, led a discussion on the differences between the French and UK auction systems.

Finally they took in a busy London weekend sale at Lots Road on Saturday morning before winding down with lunch at Tate Modern.