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US Ivory Ban: The Trade Response

25 February 2014

The British Antique Dealers’ Association, LAPADA and the National Antique and Art Dealers’ Association of America are taking the February 11 White House statement on ivory very seriously.

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Bath fair has plenty for seasoned dealers and casual buyers alike

25 February 2014

It turns out that a pair of three-foot pricket candlesticks, an advertising sign and a heavy convex mirror are not the easiest things to transport with only two hands on the London Underground at rush hour. In fact, the kindness of strangers becomes crucial.

Ten Questions with Jason Clarke

25 February 2014

ATG’s 10 Questions with Jason Clarke, Period furniture and antiques dealer, Newbury, Berkshire.

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Porcelain plaques found in bungalow make £420,000 in Dorset

25 February 2014

Estimated at just £200-300, a set of four early 20th century Chinese famille rose porcelain plaques depicting the four seasons in mountainous settings were bought by a phone bidder from Shanghai for £420,000 at Charterhouse of Sherborne in Dorset.

Heavy Artillery mentors for this year’s Young Guns

24 February 2014

The second Antiques Young Gun of the Year award ceremony will take place in July at a new venue: Alfies Antiques Market in London’s Marylebone, hosted by owner Bennie Gray.

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Bellows paves the way for US artists at the National Gallery

24 February 2014

The purchase of a George Bellows painting has signalled a major change in policy at the National Gallery, ending 190 years of showing only European artists.

Man charged after £100,000 jewellery theft at Shapes

24 February 2014

A 53-year-old man has been charged following a break-in at Shapes auction house in the west of Edinburgh last year.

Scam guides active again

24 February 2014

The trade have alerted ATG to the latest scam guide trying to con dealers into paying thousands of pounds for useless advertising.

Van Dyck given more time

24 February 2014

The fundraising campaign to buy Van Dyck’s final self-portrait for the National Portrait Gallery will continue into the summer.

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Northumberland is a fair favourite venue

21 February 2014

Six years ago, Ingrid Nilson of The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited held her first ‘Luxury Antiques Weekend’ in Northumberland, at Linden Hall Hotel Golf & Country Club near Morpeth.

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Constable drawings emerge at Cambridge sale

20 February 2014

This pencil drawing by John Constable inscribed ‘Binfiled Decr. 6th 1816’ is believed to have made when the artist was staying in Binfield in Berkshire whilst returning from his honeymoon in Dorset with his wife Maria.

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Congo figure adds up to £44,000

19 February 2014

The first stand-alone tribal art sale held by Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury was topped at £44,000 by this 19th or early 20th century Yombe seated figure from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Bacon helps set record for London Contemporary series

18 February 2014

The Contemporary art sales in London last week raised a hammer total of £254.6m, a record for an auction series in this category in the capital.

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Exploring the African connection

18 February 2014

EXHIBITION – The young Ethiopian artist Ephrem Solomon (b.1983) first contacted Tiwani Contemporary in 2011, when the gallery was just opening in London’s Fitzrovia with the aim of promoting the work of contemporary artists from Africa and the diaspora.

Fine Art Asia to launch Beijing fair

18 February 2014

Hong Kong’s Fine Art Asia fair organisers have announced that they will launch ‘Guardian Fine Art Asia’ (GFAA), the Beijing edition of the event, in May this year.

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Winter Olympic gold – torches scoop top prices

17 February 2014

Like those London buses where you wait forever then two come along at once, two versions of a rare Olympic torch limited to just 33 examples turned up in separate Drouot auctions in Paris within the space of just ten days.

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Special exhibition of Archibald Knox metalwork at Olympia

17 February 2014

To mark the 150th anniversary of Archibald Knox’s birth, the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair will host a special exhibition celebrating the work of the Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts designer at this year’s fair.

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Opportunity knocks for West Dean clock restorer

17 February 2014

A young clock conservator, Jonathon Kelly, is being given an opportunity to work on a rare 18th century musical and mechanical clock made by George Pyke.

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Arts Scholars achieve full Livery Company status

17 February 2014

On February 11 the Court of Aldermen formally admitted the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars as the 110th Livery Company of the City of London.