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Piasa move to bigger headquarters in Paris

14 February 2014

Paris auction house Piasa will move this spring to a new location at 118 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, the prestigious Right Bank shopping street, home to art and antiques galleries and to Sotheby’s Paris.

Ten Questions with Sarah Seccombe

13 February 2014

ATG’s 10 Questions with Sarah Seccombe of Blighty Antiques and Interiors, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

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Modern British art collection at Boningtons

12 February 2014

A single-owner collection of Modern British art will be offered at Boningtons’ sale of fine art, antiques and Asian works of art in Loughton, Essex on February 26.

DCMS figures show how few cultural items were export-stopped

12 February 2014

The latest report from the Department of Culture Media and Sport shows that of 12,089 export licence applications for 51,606 works of art from May 2012 to April 2013, just 28 cases were referred to the Export Reviewing Committee by experts.

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Competing for leaden hearts

11 February 2014

A rare visitor to the recent numismatic sale at Lockdales in Martlesham Heath, Ipswich was a group of three convict tokens.

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The mark of Barbedienne helps jardinière to £95,000 in Chiswick

11 February 2014

High Road Auctions set a new house record with the sale of this French bronze and cloisonné jardinière c.1870 by Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-92).

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Collection of studio ceramics and glass in Gloucestershire

11 February 2014

More than 1000 lots are on offer at Chorley’s two-day sale on February 20-21 at Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire.

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French cabinet at Copenhagen auction

11 February 2014

This 19th century French ormolu-mounted boulle side cabinet is attributed to the Paris-based ébéniste-marqueteur Mathieu Befort (1813-80).

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Furniture prices continue their slow downward trend

11 February 2014

There are very few positives to take from the latest findings of The Antique Collectors’ Club’s Annual Furniture Index (AFI). For reasons of fashion and function, the English antique furniture market remains in a parlous state and no category from early oak to Georgian mahogany held firm.

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Colourful Gris tops London Impressionist & Modern series

10 February 2014

Leading the latest series of Impressionist & Modern auctions in London, a textbook Cubist still life by Juan Gris (1887-1927) sold for £31m at Christie’s.

Sotheby’s appoint two chiefs for each of their top global art departments

10 February 2014

Sotheby’s have appointed Alexander Rotter and Cheyenne Westphal as worldwide heads of Sotheby’s Contemporary art department, and Helena Newman and Simon Shaw as worldwide heads of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern art department.

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Looking ahead to South African art sales

10 February 2014

Last October, South Africa House in Trafalgar Square, London hosted an exhibition of artworks in the image of, and inspired by, Nelson Mandela.

$300m dividend as Sotheby’s shareholder power hits home

05 February 2014

Sotheby’s board have acted to fend off criticism from shareholders led by hedge fund billionaire Daniel Loeb by saying they will issue a $300m special dividend in March.

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The End of an Era – Luton Hoo’s final sale

04 February 2014

Cambridge auctioneers Cheffins have sold the residual contents of the Luton Hoo estate.

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Consignment of pictures shows Rheads’ talents were not limited to pottery

04 February 2014

The prize consignment of paintings, sketches, ceramics and ephemera produced by key members of the Rhead family of potters, offered by Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood in Exeter on January 22-23, comprised 117 lots in all.

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Rhead family collection brings unrecorded wares to the market

04 February 2014

It was the most important consignment of work by the Rhead family to come onto the market in years. But would the respect in which the remarkable dynasty of potters are held translate into remarkable prices?

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Illuminated manuscript takes $12m at Christie’s

03 February 2014

The book of hours known as The Rothschild Prayerbook sold for $12m (£7.55m) at Christie’s in New York.

Deadline to help protect Mayfair trade

03 February 2014

Time is running out to have a say on Westminster Council’s bid to create a protected enclave for art and antiques galleries in Mayfair.

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Lost Burns portrait goes home – for the time being

03 February 2014

A lost portrait of Robert Burns by Alexander Nasmyth – thought to be the only one taken from life left in private hands – is to go on loan for display in the poet’s final home in Dumfries.

Paris auctioneers suspended over sham bidding and other misdemeanours

03 February 2014

A Paris auction firm has been banned from holding sales for nine months and two of its auctioneers suspended for three months following a disciplinary hearing by the government body appointed to oversee auction practice in France.