International

About 80% of the global art market by value takes place outside the UK. The largest art market in the world is the US with China in third place (after the UK) followed by France, Germany and Switzerland.

Many more nations have a rich art and antiques heritage with active auction, dealer, fair, gallery and museum sectors even if their market size by value is smaller.

Read the top stories and latest art and antiques news from all these countries.

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Names to watch out for in Irish sculpture scene

22 October 2018

Representing just a fraction of the international art market and often overshadowed by the demand for 2D art, Irish sculpture has undergone a quieter recovery.

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Sales in France: Paris – Binoche et Giquello

22 October 2018

Tribal art is very much a strength of the Paris art market, with sales taking place throughout the year.

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Sales in France: Paris – Artcurial

22 October 2018

This little oil on canvas showing a seated lion watching the setting sun from the top of a rocky plateau is evocatively titled Les Deux Majestés and is a work by the 19th century Orientalist Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904).

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‘Rodin’s’ Baptist bust rediscovered at Connecticut auction

22 October 2018

Black Rock Galleries in Greenwich, Connecticut received bids up to $388,000 (plus 18% buyer’s premium) for a bronze it believes is Buste de Saint Jean-Baptiste, a previously lost lifetime cast by Rodin.

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Sales in France: Paris – Tessier Sarrou

22 October 2018

Fourteen unpublished paintings by Maurice Utrillo, the artist renowned for quintessential Paris street scenes, will be coming up for sale on November 23.

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Sales in France: Angers

22 October 2018

A newly discovered work by the 17th century French artist Jacques Stella (1576-1657) found by Xavier de la Perraudière of auction house Ivoire Angers in a local property is to be offered for sale on December 5.

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Sales in France: Paris – Christie’s

22 October 2018

The multi-talented Deco designer and artist Jean Dunand (1877-1942) is one of the names celebrated in Christie’s selected design sale in Paris on November 14 with around 20 pieces in different media.

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Chairs sit pretty in salerooms among furniture auction selections

22 October 2018

At a time when catering for niche interests is a profitable path for auctioneers, recent sales in Scotland, Ireland and England have shown that the furniture market can still come to life – provided it meets three criteria.

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Sales in France: Paris – Copages

22 October 2018

This small-scale, 17th-18th century, Italian vanitas of a skull carved from Cararra marble measures 7½ x 9½in (19 x 24cm).

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Sales in France: Paris – Coutau-Bégarie

22 October 2018

An ensemble of fans both Oriental and Occidental is the subject of the dedicated sale organised by Coutau-Bégarie that takes place at Drouot on November 19. Examples date from the 17th century through to the early years of the 20th.

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Sales in France: Paris – Sotheby’s/Pierre Bergé & Associés

22 October 2018

A sale of contents of four homes belonging to the late Pierre Bergé is to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s Paris rooms in association with auction house Pierre Bergé & Associes.

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Sales in France: Reims

22 October 2018

A classic Art Nouveau display cabinet by Emile Gallé is part of a collection of furniture by Gallé and Majorelle assembled over half a century ago to be offered for sale by Ivoire Reims on November 18.

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Pick of the Week: Audubon gun at auction is blast from the past

22 October 2018

Was this the gun that John James Audubon (1785-1851) used to create the world’s most expensive natural history book?

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From Tolkas with ’Love to dearest Bobsie’

22 October 2018

The dust jacket is far from pristine, but this 1933 first of The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas is signed and inscribed by both its subject and her lifelong partner, the writer Gertrude Stein.

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Posthumous Pulitzer winner

22 October 2018

Eleven years after John Kennedy Toole committed suicide, fellow writer Walker Percy was the man who ensured that his only book, A Confederacy of Dunces, finally got into print.

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Looking out for fresh Irish art

22 October 2018

While demand is encouraging, a scarcity of high-quality work is hitting the supply side

Patrick van der Vorst, owner of Value My Stuff

Barnebys buys online valuation firm ValueMyStuff

18 October 2018

Online valuation firm ValueMyStuff, founded in 2010 by former Sotheby’s director Patrick van der Vorst, has been sold to Swedish group Barnebys.

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Etruscan bronze returned to Italy 30 years after disappearance

17 October 2018

An Etruscan bronze lar statuette has been repatriated to Italy after more than 30 years with the help of the Art Loss Register.

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Boris Karloff The Mummy 1932 film poster could set world auction record in Sotheby's online sale

16 October 2018

A film poster tagline of ‘Pratt the uncanny in The Mummy’ wouldn’t have been anywhere near as scary as ‘Karloff the uncanny in The Mummy’.

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Five auctions to watch this week (October 15-21 2018)

15 October 2018

From an Armada table to a Titanic return poster, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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