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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British studio pottery features among TEFAF New York sales

16 May 2024

Lucie Rie and other Modern masters delight buyers at recent fair

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Model aircraft used to instruct earliest aviators goes to auction

15 May 2024

The model of a Blériot XI could be the earliest surviving aeronautical training model in existence

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Damascened casket linked to Henry VIII’s metalworker comes to auction in Barcelona

14 May 2024

Iron and gold inlayed casket depicting sieges of Boulogne sur Mer is attributed to court gunsmith and armourer Diego de Çaias.

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Christie’s website down, victim of apparent cyberattack

14 May 2024

Christie’s has been the victim of an apparent cyberattack that has brought down its website.

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Wreath believed to have been sent to Napoleon on Saint Helena takes five-figure sum in Spanish auction

14 May 2024

Bidders battled for a floral wreath sent by supporters of the exiled and imprisoned emperor.

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Pick of the week: Gillray in his own time and place

13 May 2024

Remarkably, although a very successful and popular artist, no accounts of the work of the Georgian caricaturist James Gillray (1756-1815) were published in England during his lifetime.

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Clipper by ‘the Irish Alfred Wallis’ sails into Dublin to set a record

13 May 2024

A picture by the artist dubbed ‘the Irish Alfred Wallis’ soared above estimate to bring a record at Dublin saleroom Adam’s (25% buyer’s premium).

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Klimt as a cheaper buy

13 May 2024

Like all artists born in the 19th century, Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) underwent a traditional academic training, studying at the Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule (now the University of Applied Arts, Vienna) from 1876-83.

MS Rau opens pop up in Colorado

13 May 2024

New Orleans art, antiques and jewellery firm MS Rau is expanding and will open a second seasonal location in Colorado, on June 6.

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Louis Comfort Tiffany gossip is talk of the town as painting emerges in New York auction

13 May 2024

An oil on canvas of a German scene was probably on display at Louis Comfort Tiffany's Long Island home, sold in the 1940s.

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Lobby card for The Mummy discovered at auction

13 May 2024

A rare lobby card for The Mummy was brought to life at an auction in Los Angeles

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Designs by the daring Dino Martens come to auction in Italy

13 May 2024

Two quite different pieces of glass designed by Dino Martens (1894-1970) led the April 23 sale at Aste di Antiquariato Boetto (25% buyer’s premium) in Genoa.

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Icon boosted by fantastic ornate frame

13 May 2024

The sale at Hargesheimer (28% buyer’s premium) on April 18 included an outstanding Russian icon and oklad by Orest Kurlyukov.

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Delve into the darker side of Old Master paintings at auction

13 May 2024

Current collecting taste means that Old Master paintings exploring the darker side of the human character can often find more admirers than more typical subject matter of Georgian gentleman or European landscapes. Works of the grotesque are particularly popular.

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Chinese vase stands tall at Spanish auction

13 May 2024

A classic of the large blue and white forms of Yuan dynasty porcelain comes to auction in Spain

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How Whistler became a prolific and powerful printmaker

13 May 2024

When James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) arrived in Paris in 1855 determined to pursue a career as an artist, printmaking was experiencing a revival.

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Kirchner steps back into view

11 May 2024

For over a century, the whereabouts of the painting Tanz im Varieté (Steptanz) (Vaudeville Dance/Tap Dance) by the Expressionist Ernst Ludig Kirchner were unknown.

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Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup Golden Ball to go to auction

10 May 2024

The player was named player of the tournament after winning the World Cup for Argentina

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‘British School’ waterfall scene takes 60 times estimate after bidders identify artist

09 May 2024

An early 19th century ‘British School’ watercolour painting of a waterfall raced away from a guide of $200-300 to bring $18,000 (£14,400) at an auction in Massachusetts this week.

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Group of 10 Egyptian antiquities restituted by Manhattan District Attorney

09 May 2024

Another 10 antiquities from Egypt are being returned to the country following an intervention by the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L Bragg Jr.

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