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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To TS Eliot from Virginia Woolf

15 August 2022

“Dear Tom, I should like to write a story called ‘Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street’ (the title, I suppose, could be changed if necessary). I should certainly expect to let you have it by Oct. 1st.”

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Sèvres and maiolica stand out in particular among long-established dealer family’s collection

15 August 2022

The Nicolier family were long-established antiques dealers who were based on the Quai Voltaire on the Parisian left bank for many decades.

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Mucha takes a nibble at the biscuit tin market

15 August 2022

The sales at Poster Auctions International (20% buyer’s premium) in New York regularly include a selection of examples by Alphonse Mucha and its most recent auction was no exception.

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Jet off to the US thanks to Sabena

15 August 2022

Sabena was mainland Europe’s first airline to offer a transatlantic jet service via Boeing 707 and this design by Gaston Van den Eynde is one of a series that he designed to herald the Belgian airline’s jet age.

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Elegant Zouave uniforms underline the French connection

15 August 2022

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the French military could feel pretty proud of itself. The dashing style and spirit of their forces in the 19th century often inspired other nations to create copycat units.

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Michelin guide went supersize

08 August 2022

The first Michelin guide was published in 1900 by the eponymous tyre company.

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New international appointments at Bonhams and Heritage

08 August 2022

Bianca Cutait has joined Bonhams as a senior specialist for the Post-War & Contemporary art department, based in Miami (also with a focus on Latin America).

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Collector interview: Toys are there to share, after all

08 August 2022

US collector tells us why he’s so keen to open a museum displaying his purchases

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Massachusetts collectables specialist JG joins the auction world

08 August 2022

Collectables firm JG Autographs has started to hold auctions, with the first running online until August 23.

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Two become one in a Paris merger

08 August 2022

The exhibitors’ list has been announced for the French fair that has evolved from the merger of two Paris events.

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Delft and metal stand out in antiques dealer duo's collection

08 August 2022

Both categories are particularly notable as Mark and Marjorie Allen lots sell in Pennsylvania

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Movers and shakers including the shortest retirement in the art and antiques sector

04 August 2022

Among the latest appointments is a new face at Bonhams Knightsbridge

Gentileschi picture seized by Italian authorities may have been exported legally

26 July 2022

A picture believed to be by Artemisia Gentileschi, but previously exported as attributed to the artist, has been seized by Italy's police force.

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Strong sales at TEFAF and Masterpiece despite a dates clash

25 July 2022

Sales abounded at TEFAF Maastricht and Masterpiece London this summer.

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Portrait of pioneering black actor Aldridge emerges at Hindman

25 July 2022

Chicago auction house Hindman is offering a portrait of Ira Aldridge (1807-67), the first black Shakespearean actor to gain international recognition.

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Moser glass collection coming up

25 July 2022

A collection of glassware by the Moser company is to be offered by Neue Auctions in Ohio on July 30.

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Civilotti revivalist necklace in original case chimes with bidders

25 July 2022

An example of 19th century archaeological revivalist jewellery was one of the best-sellers in the July 8-10 auction at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries (20% buyer’s premium).

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Buyer tempted by Angelo de Rossi terracotta

25 July 2022

This early 18th century detailed terracotta by the Italian sculptor Angelo de Rossi (1671-1715), which was also pictured and discussed in ATG No 2547, came up for auction at Corbeil-Essonnes near Paris on June 18.

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Comics create a super success

25 July 2022

Sold for $2m (£1.62m) in a major and hugely successful comics sale held by Heritage (20% buyer’s premium) of Dallas was an original cover artwork produced in 1986 by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1.

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Five-figure Ashbee assessment

25 July 2022

A strong price for a porringer that Arts & Crafts designer Charles Robert Ashbee produced for the Guild of Handicraft was achieved in a Decorative Arts auction held in Cincinnati.

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