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Staffordshire and Wedgwood pieces offered in Belgium

04 May 2020

Staffordshire blue and white ware, figures and Leeds creamware will be among a selection of English ceramics featured in Maison Jules’ large mixed-discipline auction of art, antiques and vintage items to be held online over three days from May 16-18 in Gent, Belgium.

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More adventures of Tintin in Brussels auction

06 April 2020

Tintin was a major player in a sale of Comic Strip art staged in Belgium.

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Only existing drawing of Benin from before 1890 in demand at auction

02 March 2020

Several surprises emerged in the tribal art sale held by Cologne auction house Lempertz (24% buyer’s premium) in a recent sale held in Brussels.

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Chinese imperial silk painting sells in Bruges

24 February 2020

This Ming ink and colour on silk painting of Shakyamuni Buddha, offered for sale by Rob Michiels (27.5% buyer’s premium) in Bruges on February 15, is thought to be part of an imperial order made in the short reign of Emperor Jingtai (1449-57).

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Items seized after Interpol ‘checks’ at BRAFA

03 February 2020

A group of objects belonging to dealers who took part in the BRAFA art fair in Brussels were seized following an investigation by Interpol.

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BRAFA 2020: Eight stands that caught our eye

30 January 2020

BRAFA art fair in Brussels opened to the public earlier this week following several private views that kicked-off the event.

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Exhibitors explain BRAFA fair’s long-lasting appeal

13 January 2020

BRAFA Art Fair, Brussels’ major international art and antiques show, is one of the earliest events in the European fairs calendar.

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Candlesticks light up Bruges sale

13 January 2020

This impressive and rare pair of silver table candlesticks with cluster columns, square bases and drip cups had no visible hallmarks but is probably Dutch and late 17th century in date.

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Tray brings exotic design to Horta saleroom

26 August 2019

This Gallé marquetry tray is to be offered by the Horta saleroom in its next auction taking place in Brussels on September 9-10.

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Farnham’s orchid blooms in Belgium

22 July 2019

This gold, enamel and diamond tiger orchid brooch offered by Belgian auction house Haynault of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre last month was made by Tiffany c.1890.

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Three markets and fairs in Belgium for summer 2019

08 July 2019

A trio of art and antiques events coming up soon in Belgium.

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Tribal art market expands beyond its traditional selling boundaries

27 May 2019

The market for tribal art covering works from Africa, Oceania and the Americas has a global reach these days. While particular centres form cultural and commercial hubs (New York, Paris and Brussels in particular), you can find fairs and shows, shops and auctions around the world. Recent sale highlights and previews from some of the upcoming auctions and fairs are featured here.

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A selection of dates for your tribal diary: May-October 2019

27 May 2019

Tribal art is a sector with truly international appeal and fairs and shows go on throughout the year across various locations.

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Valuable books missing since Second World War restored to Bonn library after being consigned to Sotheby’s

12 April 2019

Six-hundred rare books, manuscripts and prints which were lost or stolen from a German library during the Second World War have been returned after they were consigned to Sotheby’s.

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What can BRAFA fair offer for the entry-level collector?

30 January 2019

Big international art fairs are inevitably a showcase for the exhibitors’ showstoppers. At one level, these key pieces highlight the galleries’ specialities and rare finds that they have been saving up for the occasion.

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Didier Claes at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

With so many tribal art galleries concentrated in Brussels it is no surprise to find 10 specialists in the field showing at BRAFA, six of them from the Belgian capital.

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Xavier Eeckhout at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

Another returning BRAFA exhibitor is the Paris dealer Xavier Eckhout, who specialises in animalier sculpture from 1880- 1950.

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Beyond BRAFA 2019: more art and antiques events to attend in Brussels

21 January 2019

BRAFA is a big draw for the visitor in late January but as well as enjoying all that Brussels has to offer in general cultural terms there are other art and antiques-related events on at the same time.

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Gallery Desmet at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

Among the numerous dealers at BRAFA showing early works of art is Brussels’ Gallery Desmet, which specialises in sculpture and objects ranging from Antiquity to the Grand Tour.

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Whitford Fine Art at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

Whitford Fine Art from London is a long-standing BRAFA stalwart (understandably given that the gallery’s core stock is work by 20th century Belgian and international artists).