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.

Bronze

Rare Summer Palace bronze found in British seaside bungalow returns to China

11 December 2018

An exceptionally rare Western Zhou bronze, taken when the Summer Palace was sacked by British troops in 1860, has been returned to China.

Chiswick Auctions

Movers and shakers: the latest trade appointments including a new face at Chiswick

11 December 2018

Our latest look at moves across the world of art and antiques.

Victoria Beckham

Female focus for latest Old Masters tie-up between fashion designer Victoria Beckham and auction house Sotheby’s

10 December 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s teamed up with fashion designer Victoria Beckham on an Old Master art exhibition for the second time this year.

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Einstein and his word on God at Christie’s New York

10 December 2018

Written just a year before his death in 1955, a famous two-page letter in which Albert Einstein put down his thoughts on religion, his Jewish identity and his own search for the meaning of life sold for $2.4m (£1.89m) in a New York auction on December 4.

ATG letters: TEFAF dealers vetting decision is just bizarre

10 December 2018

MADAM – As someone who has been dealing in early furniture for over 50 years and who has served on vetting committees for the Grosvenor House and BADA fairs as well as having been a consultant for Sotheby’s, I find TEFAF’s decision to exclude dealers from their vetting is frankly bizarre.

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Russian botanical work blooms in Germany

10 December 2018

Along with Pallas’ 'Flora Russica', the 'Icones Plantarum novarum… floram Rossicam' of the German-Estonian botanist Carl Friedrich von Ledebour is recognised as one of the great works on Russian flora.

British and Irish book auctions: December 11-20, 2018

10 December 2018

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from December 11-20, 2018.

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Spotlight on US auctions including a classic Montague Dawson marine painting in Michigan

10 December 2018

A selection of potential highlights coming up in December and January sales taking place in Detroit, Chicago, New York, California, Boston and Connecticut.

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Former Christie’s gavelmaster Hugh Edmeades has replaced ‘The Hammerman’ Richard Madley as the Indian Premier League auctioneer

06 December 2018

Auctioneer Richard Madley has been replaced with former Christie’s auctioneer Hugh Edmeades by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

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'Gilets jaunes' rioting in Paris caused mayhem but auction results remain solid this autumn

05 December 2018

With the Paris 'Temps Forts' high season now under way in the salerooms as riots rage in the streets, the temporary closure of some businesses did not put off bidders and buyers in the French capital.

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Movers and shakers: the latest trade appointments including new faces at Bonhams and Sotheby’s

04 December 2018

Our latest look at moves across auction houses, dealerships and art and antique organisations.

British and Irish book auctions: December 3-15, 2018

03 December 2018

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from December 3-15, 2018.

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Yuan peony jar leads Dublin sale of Asian art

03 December 2018

The influx of Asian art buyers that accompanies the Asian Art in London initiative also encourages activity across the Irish Sea. Both Adam’s (20% buyer’s premium) in Dublin, for the first time, and Sheppards (20% buyer’s premium) in Durrow held designated sales on November 3 and November 11 respectively.

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Be festive in France: two fairs in Paris before Christmas and another in Bordeaux

03 December 2018

A trip to France before Christmas to buy unusual gifts is always a good plan. Here are three antiques and vintage brocantes to visit: two well-known weeklies in Paris and a biannual event in Bordeaux.

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International previews: Potential stars of Paris' Asian art series including a Vietnamese silk robe at Aguttes

03 December 2018

December is one of two key periods in the French calendar when the auction houses concentrate their sales of Asian art. Pictured here is a selection of highlights and unusual pieces coming up for sale this month in the Paris rooms.

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Master Race makes impact at US comic auction

03 December 2018

Raising around $11m including premiums, a November 15-17 comics and comic art sale held by Heritage Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Dallas included many of the usual super-hero star turns – but this time the big seller was something rather different.

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The economies of sale: Single-owner collection of economic essays come to auction in Germany

03 December 2018

The three volumes noted here are English language highlights of a separately catalogued, 380-lot, single-owner collection in the October 30-November 1 series of sales held by Reiss & Sohn (18% buyer’s premium) that was offered under the title Wirtschaft und Staat – or Economy and State.

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Inaugural Anthony Meyer Scholarship awarded for study of Oceanic skulls

01 December 2018

The inaugural Anthony JP Meyer Scholarship, for supporting research on the Oceanic collections in museums in France and overseas communities, has been awarded to Sophie Jacqueline.

Dorotheum

Reports: Renoir stolen from Viennese auction house Dorotheum

28 November 2018

It has been reported that a man and two accomplices walked into auction house Dorotheum in Vienna earlier this week and walked out with a Renoir that was due to be auctioned.

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Large auction array of designs by the Lalannes who stand out in the immediate post-war era

26 November 2018

It is the quirky designs of husband-and-wife team François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne that populate the top echelons of so much French design in the salerooms these days.

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