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Rare Chinese bronze ‘tiger’ vessel looted by British troops from Beijing’s Summer Palace found in Kent time capsule

22 March 2018

An exceptionally rare Western Zhou bronze, taken when the Summer Palace was sacked by British troops in 1860, has been found in a house in a Kent seaside town.

John Constable Hampstead sketch

Spectacular bidding at Roseberys as John Constable’s Hampstead sketch sells at 10-times estimate

21 March 2018

A previously unpublished sketch of the back of a Hampstead terrace by John Constable (1776-1837) drew prolonged bidding at Roseberys' latest picture sale.

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Unprecedented collection of maps of Japan offered by Daniel Crouch Rare Books in Tokyo

21 March 2018

Daniel Crouch Rare Books offers what is dubbed the largest collection of maps of Japan ever to come on the open market at this week’s Tokyo Book Fair.

Heanor Antique Centre

Derbyshire antiques centre suffers smashed window for second time in a year after car careers off road

21 March 2018

Heanor Antique Centre has called on its local council to re-think the road layout on Ilkeston Road, where it is located, after its window was smashed as a second car crashed into the shop in just over a year.

BADA Instagram

BADA chief welcomes “huge” step as Instagram launches ‘Shopping’ feature in the UK

20 March 2018

Instagram is making it easier for businesses to make sales by extending its ‘Shopping’ feature to eight new countries, including the UK.

Cluff

Businessman and art collector launches book on unsung heroes

20 March 2018

Businessman and art collector Algy Cluff is launching his second book in two years – packed full of tales including art heists, forgeries and dispersals of art collections.

Henry Moore

Hauser & Wirth’s collaboration with TV historian Mary Beard recreated in Colchester gallery

20 March 2018

A gallery in Colchester is to host a version of an exhibition first staged by commercial gallery Hauser & Wirth last year.

Dibnah

Steeplejack ladders prove a hit at sell-out Fred Dibnah auction in Bolton

20 March 2018

Crowds descended on Bolton at the weekend to see the sell-out auction of the property of steeplejack and TV personality Fred Dibnah.

Rubens

Rubens portrait begins world tour in Dubai as auctioneer hopes to tap into Middle Eastern Old Master demand

19 March 2018

Sotheby’s has chosen Dubai to unveil a Rubens painting it plans to offer later this summer in a bid to tap into the hoped-for demand for Old Master paintings in the Middle East.

Cane

Artefact from American Civil War sea battle comes to UK auction

19 March 2018

The next arms and militaria auction at Woolley and Wallis will include a relic of a seminal American Civil War sea battle. This stout oak walking cane with a finely engraved gold top bears the inscription: A Piece of the Merrimack Destroyed May 11 1862 /James B Eads from Edward Bates. Quercus Ferro Cedit.

map

Call for help to find London underground map stolen from auction house

19 March 2018

Transport Auctions of London is calling for the trade to look out for a stolen London Underground map.

TEFAF Maastricht

TEFAF Maastricht 2018: less footfall but fair expectations delivered in final sales report

19 March 2018

The 2018 edition of TEFAF Maastricht closed yesterday with a number of dealers telling ATG they had a better fair than they initially expected.

ATG's quotes of the week

They said what?! The week (12-18 March, 2018) in quotes from the art and antiques world

18 March 2018

In our weekend series, Antiques Trade Gazette brings you a selection of quotes from dealers, auctioneers, collectors and others. This week we cover stories on fires and fakes, as well as the release of Dr Clare McAndrew’s latest art market report.

Abbey

Westminster Abbey pictures by artist Alexander Creswell bought by dean for new exhibition

17 March 2018

Westminster Abbey is to unveil a series of watercolours after the Dean and Chapter of Westminster purchased a group of 35 pictures from artist Alexander Creswell.

Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury

Woolley & Wallis auction calendar unchanged after Salisbury attack on former Russian spy

16 March 2018

Salisbury saleroom Woolley & Wallis has announced that it will continue with its planned auction calendar despite the ongoing police activity in the city following the recent nerve agent attack on a former Russian intelligence officer.

Peter Brookes pen ink and watercolour

Cartoon collection of Jeffrey Archer – aka ‘Creepycrawlus Irritatus’ – makes £570,000 at Sotheby’s

16 March 2018

Jeffrey Archer’s collection of political cartoons raised a total of £571,318 (including premium) at Sotheby’s as 240 original artworks went under the hammer this week.

Fire

Perth auctioneer forced to move after ‘suspicious’ fire at saleroom

16 March 2018

A devastating fire at an auction house in Scotland has forced it to temporarily relocate.

Abel Grimmer's Flemish Proverbs

Flemish Proverbs – Abel Grimmer painting with a tale to tell at Madrid auction

15 March 2018

Alongside his series of months and seasons, and his representations of evangelical parables, the Flemish painter Abel Grimmer (c.1570-1618/9) created many works depicting proverbs, which were popular in an era shaken by the Counter-Reformation.

BADA

Exhibitor awards revealed as art and antiques fair BADA 2018 opens to the public

15 March 2018

Art and antiques fair BADA 2018 opened to the public yesterday and unveiled its exhibitor awards for best object, lighting, display and the coveted best stand.

Jorge Welsh at TEFAF

Connections at TEFAF: the story of the 17th century salt cellar showing the flow of ideas between East and West – Video

14 March 2018

Highlighting the breadth of art and antiques across different categories at the TEFAF Maastricht fair, two pieces on separate stands helped tell the story of the development of the salt cellar in the 17th century.