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Rare pair of 19th Century Japanese Carved Wood & Ivory Figures

30 October 2001

Uncertain of just how widespread a reaction they would receive on the lot, Walker Barnett & Hill of Shropshire estimated this rare pair of 19th Century Japanese Carved Wood & Ivory Figures of two young boys, one with a hobby horse, the other playing a flute, measuring 10in (25cm) high, conservatively at £500-700.

For the nation by hook and crook

30 October 2001

PICTURED right is just one of a number of rare and important artefacts whose sale to the nation has just been negotiated by Christie’s.The 14th century Norwegian carved ivory crozier head, which has been sold in lieu of inheritance tax and will go to the V&A, is an extremely rare example of late medieval Scandinavian carved ivory.

Post September 11 insurance premiums may rise by 20%

29 October 2001

Two of the biggest art insurance companies have warned the trade to expect a 20 per cent rise in the cost of renewing policies following the terrorist attacks in America, and the Afghanistan war.

Christie’s to close raft of offices globally

29 October 2001

Christie’s will close their office and saleroom in Athens on November 30, with the loss of all seven staff. The company is also shutting offices in Oslo, Stockholm, Frankfurt and Copenhagen, with the loss of at least 12 administrative staff, with further office closures expected in Asia and America by the end of the year.

No protection from FAIRGuide charges under English law

26 October 2001

Complaints taken up with Austrian ministry: Further investigations by the Antiques Trade Gazette into dealers falling foul of the FAIRGuide charges point to there being no protection for the trade under English law.

Aesthetic values have more than academic Oxford interest

26 October 2001

This sale comprised some 308 lots of which 300 had all come from the home of the late Brian Donald Hewens Miller.

Crossover appeal puts caddies top

26 October 2001

THE acceptance that silver has long lost its shine does not mean that there is no active market, just that prices are lower. After this sale of 340 lots at Phillips’ Midlands operation on 19 September the familiar picture emerged of modern pieces struggling, standard material chugging along and items with appeal beyond the metal doing rather well.

Fresh furniture from estate sparks wide interest

26 October 2001

Fresh-to-market goods from the deceased estate of a well-known Lincolnshire lady, Mrs Rosalys Ransom, ensured keen trade and private interest at this Lincolnshire sale on 26 September at Thos. Mawer resulting in a 75 per cent take up of the 522 lots and a total of £123,000.

Daum lightens a long dark year

26 October 2001

Penrith Farmers' and Kidd's have been badly affected by world events this past year. Situated in one of the worst hit areas for the Foot and Mouth epidemic, the county all but shut up shop. And just as things were starting to pick up the devastating events in America have created a marked caution in the trade.

Rare tea caddy provides a spoonful of reassurance

26 October 2001

THE nationwide buyer-base of Lays auctioneers was reflected by concerns far beyond the Duchy – Bath dealers, for instance, were particularly worried about selling on to American clients. However, a £213,076 total from 1906 lots was proof enough that business is still there to be done.

Spice, amour... and a healthy profit

24 October 2001

Job lots in local sales that are not widely advertised can sometimes yield the greatest bargains. As such, this William III oval silver spice box, right, was the treasure acquired with the detritus of a job lot by a local dealer at a Nottinghamshire auction for just £12.

No tantrums over this tiara

24 October 2001

The market continued to favour top-quality fresh-to-the-market works at the expense of lower-end entries at Phillips (15/10% buyer’s premium) antique and modern jewellery sale on October 10.

Rediscovered Leighton offered on sothebys.com

24 October 2001

SOTHEBYS.COM are offering a rare portrait by Frederick Lord Leighton, which has been discovered in the estate of a collector from Indiana in the United States.

Welsh on the rocks

24 October 2001

Like English haggis and Scotch rarebit, the idea of Welsh Whisky is somewhat dubious. A few years ago a Welsh bottling company began to market a product called Welsh Whisky, which won praise from American connoisseurs but was just Scotch whisky in disguise.The company subsequently ceased trading.

NY print dealers improvise too

24 October 2001

THIS year’s annual International Fine Print Dealers Association Print Fair, scheduled for October 31 to November 4, has been cancelled with the forced closure of the Seventh Regiment Armory to non-military activities.

Strasbourg faience quells the nightmare

24 October 2001

Sotheby’s (17.5/10% buyer’s premium) move to Olympia was accompanied by a rethink of auction selling categories. Their general ceramic and glass sales have been split into smaller specialised European ceramics, British ceramics and glass auctions each to be held tri-annually at Olympia.

Furniture dealers turn out in force to allay worries

24 October 2001

Like most provincial auctioneers, Christopher Ewbank was rather apprehensive of the market prior to his October sale on 4 October at Send. “I was relieved really,” said Mr Ewbank after the sale where attendance was strong and the “furniture dealers were still out in force”.

…and one for the pot

22 October 2001

The Artful Teapot by Garth Clark, published by Thames & Hudson. ISBN 050051045 £28 hb

Simply inspirational

22 October 2001

EVIDENCE of the growing affinity between the worlds of antiques and decoration was to the fore at the recent Decorex International, held at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea from September 23-26.

Dealers still falling foul of fair guide fees

22 October 2001

Trade warned to read small print telling of charges before filling in forms. Dealers are again at risk of falling foul of a questionable marketing ploy that could leave them facing bills of hundreds if not thousands of pounds.

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