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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Masterworks by titans of French Art Deco jewellery design bring demand at Christie’s in Paris

11 February 2019

Pictured here are two exceptional pieces of Art Deco jewellery sold by Christie’s Paris (25% buyer’s premium) for multi-estimate sums on December 4.

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10 jewellery highlights at auction for winter 2019

11 February 2019

A selection of 10 stand-out jewellery lots offered at auction in February-April 2019.

British and Irish book auctions: February 12-21, 2019

11 February 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from February 12-21, 2019.

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Thonet furniture takes mixed response at Cologne auction

11 February 2019

Comprehensive collection amassed over 30 years attracts very choosy buyers at auction.

French President Emmanuel Macron

French trade bodies call on President Macron to stop UK art market gaining an advantage from Brexit

08 February 2019

Members of the trade federation Conseil National du Marché de l’Art (CNMA) have published an open letter to President Emmanuel Macron and the French government calling for changes to stop France’s art market losing out to the UK after Brexit.

Master of the Embroidered Foliage painting

Rare Old Master draws admirers ahead of Philadelphia auction

08 February 2019

A New York institution has consigned an intriguing Netherlandish devotional painting to Freeman’s sale in Philadelphia on February 27.

Claude Monet 'Nymphéas en fleur'

Rockefeller collection boosts auction house Christie’s 2018 sales to “record-breaking” £5.3bn

07 February 2019

Christie’s reported total sales for 2018 at £5.3bn, up 3% on the previous year – led by the Rockefeller collection which set a record for any private collection at auction.

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Jorge Welsh hosts Chinese export porcelain conference as new book launches

07 February 2019

Jorge Welsh Research and Publishing’s conference ‘Fired to Last: The Global Reach of Chinese Export Porcelain’ coincides with its launch of a new book about a Chinese ceramic collection.

Rohan McCulloch
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Drawing conclusions from NY Old Master sales as women artists emerge triumphant

04 February 2019

A record for a female Old Master and a Rubens with a royal connection was not quite enough to heat up bidding across the latest Old Master auction series in New York this winter.

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UK dealers heading to TEFAF Maastricht 2019 ‘confident of return logistics' ahead of Brexit

04 February 2019

UK-based exhibitors at TEFAF’s Maastricht 2019 edition (March 16-24) tell ATG they have prioritised the return transport of art and objects from the event ahead of Brexit's scheduled date on March 29.

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French mantel clock set to chime in Pennsylvania

04 February 2019

Included in Cordier Auctions’ large mixed-discipline sale to be held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on February 9 will be a group of four clocks that once came from the Chicago dealer Lee Benkendorf.

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Danish silver collection recovered

04 February 2019

ATG has learned that the collection of rare Danish silver advertised on two pages of ATG No 2359 as stolen has been returned to its owner.

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English silver on offer in New York

04 February 2019

This mid-19th century cruet stand is one of several lots of English silver to be offered by Clarke Auction Gallery in Larchmont, New York, on February 10.

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Select 44-lot grouping of paintings covers 500 years of art

04 February 2019

A small but select auction of just 44 lots of paintings spanning 500 years from Old Masters to 20th century works will go under the hammer at Freeman’s on February 27.

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Champion racehorse gallops into Paris auction in bronze form

04 February 2019

A collection of 18 bronzes of thoroughbred racing horses by major French animalier sculptors is to be offered at Drouot on February 22 by Beaussant-Lefėvre. They include examples by Isadore Bonheur, Pierre-Jules Mène and Emmanuel Fremiet.

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Buyer invests in a very rare work on stock exchanges

04 February 2019

A “legendarily rare first edition” of the first book to describe the workings of a stock exchange sold at a high-estimate $300,000 (£238,095) in the days leading up to Christmas.

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Auction explores Oz theme

04 February 2019

Lots relating to explorer Matthew Flinders are particularly topical given that his grave has just been re-discovered in a graveyard under Euston station as part of works for the HS2 high-speed railway line.

British and Irish book auctions: February 5-14, 2019

04 February 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from February 5-14, 2019.

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How buttons can fit a collecting budget

04 February 2019

Small in scale and relatively light on the purse, buttons are a rich collecting seam that many can mine.

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