Dealers

Dealers come in all shapes and forms, from small sole-traders to powerhouse galleries. Both play an integral role in the art and antiques market.

They often specialise in a given fields such as jewellery, ceramics, paintings, Asian art or coins but there are also plenty of general dealers operate across different categories.

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Pull up a chair or two in Cotswolds

18 April 2022

A pair of George III period carved giltwood salon armchairs in neoclassical taste, c.1775, are among the highlights at The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Art Fair.

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Driving bargains at Beccles Antiques Markets

18 April 2022

Taking away a toy car for possible restoration for a young driver is this buyer at one of the biannual Beccles Antiques Markets.

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Tribal fair hosts online spring edition

18 April 2022

This wooden Nagaland pipe from north-east India is offered at this month’s Tribal Art Fair online. Available from Shropshire dealership Handbury Tribal Art, it comes from a UK private collection and is priced at €750.

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5 Questions: glass and ceramics dealer Dave Woodger

18 April 2022

Dave Woodger deals primarily on the fairs circuit, particularly the IACF events, specialising in Whitefriars, Worcester and Doulton porcelain.

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The ‘summer of salvage’ for Arthur Swallow Fairs

18 April 2022

Ripley Castle’s website describes a history of persecution, plague, loyalty, social turbulence and recklessness.

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Mill venue weaves atmosphere in West Yorkshire

18 April 2022

Sunny Bank Mills at Farsley near Leeds has been in the Gaunt family for six generations.

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The web shop window: Victorian 'canine' cufflinks

18 April 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Peppiatt brings together Downman and Romney

18 April 2022

In his next exhibition London dealer Guy Peppiatt focuses on the drawings of John Downman (1750-1824) and George Romney (1734-1802), two contemporaneous British artists who at first glance seem very different.

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A pioneer of photojournalism

18 April 2022

British photographer Bert Hardy (1913-95) is best remembered for his contributions to Picture Post, the UK’s pioneering photojournalistic magazine of the mid-20th century.

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‘Happy Easter’ after Darwin books returned

11 April 2022

The book trade has called for institutions to be more proactive in reporting missing items after two notebooks belonging to Charles Darwin were mysteriously returned to Cambridge University Library.

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First timers offered chance at TEFAF

11 April 2022

TEFAF Maastricht hosts 19 first-time exhibitors this year plus six new galleries in its Showcase.

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Brontë manuscript on sale at New York book fair

11 April 2022

A recently rediscovered miniature book by Charlotte Brontë (1816-55) is on offer at the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair (NYIABF) this month.

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At an indoor fair: All the fun – and serendipity – of the fair

11 April 2022

At a mid or high-end art and antiques fair buyers can comfortably get round all the stands in a day and have time to browse, consider and discuss with expert dealers. Such events have a more relaxed and social vibe to them: dealers invite their clients along and hope to meet new buyers by attracting them onto their stands with eye-catching items and displays.

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The treats of Philadelphia

11 April 2022

Pennsylvania dealership HL Chalfant, a specialist in American decorative arts, offers a turned banister back armchair at this year’s Philadelphia Show. The chair itself was made in Pennsylvania, c.1730- 40, and is available for $35,000.

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From an antiques centre: The centre of attention

11 April 2022

Antiques centres provide a treasure trove of objects from a wide array of dealers all under one roof and make a good destination for a trip that any antiques or vintage lover will enjoy.

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Bust impulse buy at Chelsea

11 April 2022

At the recent Chelsea Antiques Fair a 19th century bronze bust of Isis by Pierre-Eugène-Émile Hébert was bought by an Egyptian businessman who came with no intention of buying anything specific.

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5 Questions: Callum Jackson

11 April 2022

Callum Jackson founded Jacksons Antique in 2019. He is based in Lincolnshire and recently stood at the Chelsea Antiques Fair.

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From a dealer’s shop: Finding that statement item

11 April 2022

Art and antiques shops and galleries offer an enjoyable retail experience with a knowledgeable dealer.

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On Instagram: Scrolling surprise and delight

11 April 2022

When Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger founded photo-sharing app Instagram in 2010 they probably did not expect that 12 years later it would have become a platform for selling antiques.

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