North America


Happy hunting grounds

25 January 2005

As was reported a couple of weeks ago, regional schools of American painting from the late 19th and early 20th centuries are one of the strongest sectors on the art market on other side of the Atlantic at the moment.


The secret of Tiffany’s Favrile

18 January 2005

A UNIQUE archive of journals and notebooks, including the secret recipe for Tiffany’s signature Favrile glass, is now available for public inspection at the Corning Museum in New York.

Atlantique on Friday

18 January 2005

For the first time in its 19-year history, Atlantique City – New Jersey’s massive indoor antiques and collectables show – is going to allow shoppers through the Atlantic City Convention Center doors on a Friday.

Fund of designer silver

18 January 2005

BIDDERS at this week’s sale of the Rowler Collection of Georg Jensen silver at Christie’s Rockefeller Center, New York, might be interested to learn that, according to Michael James, founder and director of Jensen specialists The Silver Fund, virtually the entire collection of some 800 pieces was acquired for Rowler by The Silver Fund over the past six years.

Downtown Attractions

11 January 2005

NEVER forget there is another armory in Manhattan, the one downtown at Lexington Avenue at 26th Street, and that one hosts some splendid shows throughout the year, starting in 2005 with the appropriately named Antiques at the Armory from January 21 to 23.


London helps widen appeal of Winter in New York...

11 January 2005

AFTER 50 years at Manhattan’s Seventh Regiment Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, it is little wonder that the Winter Antiques Show is the favourite fair of many New Yorkers – and, increasingly, for many others.

More dealers find a place in the sun

05 January 2005

STAYING in the United States, but in the warmer climes of the South, Palm Beach, Florida, is becoming a busy place for art and antiques of all types.


UK ceramics specialists fly the flag among New York’s finest

05 January 2005

NOW firmly established as a truly international forum for ceramics, the sixth annual New York Ceramics Fair returns to the National Academy of Design Museum, 1083 Fifth Avenue from January 19 to 23 with a $75 preview evening on January 18.


Redfield continues to give the right impression as expressionist Carles comes to the fore

04 January 2005

AS recently as a decade ago, the Pennsylvanian Impressionists or New Hope School – perhaps the most recognisable group of painters to emerge from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) – remained a relatively untapped seam for ‘serious’ auctioneers of the Mid-Atlantic States.


Dali as Chemist

04 January 2005

Containing several hundred pencil drawings, a Spanish chemistry textbook used by Salvador Dali during his student days at the San Fernando Academy of Art in Madrid was sold for $12,000 (£6280) in a Sotheby’s New York sale of December 3.


Floating Canada’s boat

04 January 2005

THE US is not the only North American country notching up record totals for auctions of its own domestically-produced art. On November 25 at Toronto’s Park Hyatt Hotel, just a week before Sotheby’s achieved the first ever nine-figure total for a sale of American art, the Vancouver-based auctioneers Heffel Fine Art (15% buyer’s premium) held the highest-ever grossing sale of Fine Canadian Art.


Something new under the Florida sun...

23 December 2004

AFTER 43 years, the annual Original Miami Beach Antique Show is a world attraction but, despite its longevity, it still rings the changes, as you will see at this year’s staging from January 20 to 24 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive.


Sir Isaac Newton and the trouble with transmutation…

15 December 2004

The small group of Sir Isaac Newton’s manuscripts and papers offered by Sotheby’s New York on December 3 were not for the most part concerned with the work that will forever ensure his fame – although an autograph draft of a letter concerning the presentation of six copies of the 1726, third edition of the Principia to the Académie Royale des Sciences sold at $28,000 (£14,560).


Copper turns to gold

09 December 2004

A STUNNING early Ming dynasty dish has equalled the highest price ever paid at auction for a piece of Chinese porcelain.

US fine art market leaves France behind says Artprice study

01 December 2004

THE gap between the French and American art markets has dramatically widened in the past two years.


Met pay $45m for Duccio’s ‘Stroganoff’ Madonna

01 December 2004

THE Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has acquired a devotional panel of the Madonna and Child by Duccio di Buoninsegna (active by 1278; died 1319) from the Stoclet family in Brussels.

Contemporary art shows who's boss: As expected, £154m total proves what the market has known for some time

19 November 2004

THE market for Contemporary art maintained its seemingly unstoppable momentum in New York last week.

Bush victory helps bidders give their vote of confidence

11 November 2004

NERVES in New York’s art market, just like those in the New York stock market, were settled by the swift resolution of the US presidential election.


Painting Spode by numbers

11 November 2004

IN the competitive world of domestic tablewares, the name of Spode has remained among the very best since production started c.1770.


Rare English bird spotted in Toronto

03 November 2004

A RARE bird from the English provinces has been spotted in Canada.



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