Ceramics fair helps to kick off New Year

21 December 2012

The London Ceramics Fair, organised by Nick Gent of Prestige Ceramic Fairs, is one of the first fairs to start the New Year.


Rare American coin from 1796 found at the back of a cupboard

21 December 2012

This American half-cent coin, dated 1796, will be auctioned in Woolley & Wallis’ Salisbury auction rooms on January 22 with an estimate of £25,000-30,000.


Wemyss pigs raise their heads in Somerset

21 December 2012

The Wemyss factory in Fife has become almost exclusively associated with its distinctive, personable pottery pigs and Lawrences’ sale in Crewkerne on January 17 contains four pleasing porkers in various sizes and patterns.


Roadster set to race away in Stourbridge

21 December 2012

This classic red two-seater 1954 MG TF 1500 Roadster will be auctioned at Fieldings Auctioneers in Stourbridge on January 12.


Swiss musical bird box in Hampshire

21 December 2012

Included in George Kidner’s sale in Lymington, Hampshire on January 10, is this 19th century Swiss enamelled musical bird box decorated with landscape scenes.


Duck jug is a Victorian silver novelty

21 December 2012

Modelled as a rearing duck, this late Victorian silver and clear-glass novelty claret jug will be included in Golding Young & Mawer’s sale in Grantham, Lincolnshire on January 9.


Russian collection in Rye

21 December 2012

A large 200-lot Russian consignment of items from the InterContinental Hotel in Prague is estimated to fetch around £350,000 at Rye Auction Galleries in East Sussex on January 4.


Cheeky biscuit tin at Cirencester auction

21 December 2012

At first glance all looks well in this Edwardian garden party scene illustrated on the lid of a Huntley & Palmers biscuit tin. But is that a naked couple in the bushes at the back of the picture?


Chinaman money bank at Lincoln sale

21 December 2012

One of only around 100 made, this reclining Chinaman cast-iron money bank will go under the hammer at Unique Auctions of Lincoln on January 1.


Clarification: Partridge Fine Arts Limited

19 December 2012

In ATG No 2062 dated 20 October 2012, we published an article entitled “Court Orders in Partridge Case reveal extent of Amor trio’s defeat”.

Copyright change a threat to arts firms, says expert

18 December 2012

A Bill going through the UK parliament concerning design copyright threatens to create significant obstacles for those wishing to publish catalogues when staging exhibitions in commercial galleries or museums, says a leading academic.

Striking a balance between artistic merit and function

18 December 2012

‘The Return of Industrial Copyright?’, as Professor Bently’s paper is titled, sets out how, for decades, UK law has struggled to establish a balance between artistic copyright, which arises naturally, and design protection, which depends on registration.


Brunel’s great ship remembered

17 December 2012

Oxfordshire saleroom Jones & Jacob of Watlington sold this Nathaniel Mills silver presentation snuff box for £16,600 at their latest sale.


Bond Street dealers forced to move out as landlords favour fashion chains

17 December 2012

More West End art dealers will have to move premises as the trend for galleries finding their leases not being renewed continues.


The dealer taking coin collecting to the high street

17 December 2012

A gold bullion dealer who has opened a chain of outlets in shopping centres across Britain is aiming to create a whole new generation of coin collectors among Britain’s youth.

1stdibs scoop another $42m in investment

17 December 2012

1stdibs, the global online marketplace for high-end art, antiques and decorative objects, have announced a further injection of capital, giving them a total $102m fund over the past year for expansion.

LAPADA conference to focus on the web

17 December 2012

LAPADA, the Association of Art and Antique Dealers, have announced that their annual conference will focus on the internet in 2013.

BADA welcome a new president

17 December 2012

After seven years, Baroness Rawlings will step down as president of the British Antique Dealers’ Association in January to be replaced by Lord Evans of Temple Guiting.


George Harrison’s jacket tops The Beatles lots at Bonhams

15 December 2012

When it comes to rock and pop memorabilia, and The Beatles in particular, if the provenance is not only right but of the first magnitude, prices can soar.


Rhino rivals lock horns over Sydenham

13 December 2012

This stoneware model of a rhino led the latest sale at Cottees which proved to be one of the most successful the Poole auctioneers have held in recent years.