Coronavirus

The outbreak of coronavirus that began in China and seriously impacted many countries around the world in early 2020 led to challenging times the art and antiques industry, with numerous fairs and auctions being rescheduled and cancelled.


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Antiques centre in revitalised former granary battles through to April reopening

05 April 2021

After three lockdowns but also a successful auction launch last August in between closures, Graham Hessell will be throwing open the doors once again to his Melford Antiques, Interiors & Lifestyle Centre on April 12.

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Masterpiece London postponed but the Petworth fair will take place this summer

25 March 2021

Masterpiece London has postponed the physical edition of its fair this year but The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair is to go ahead this summer.

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Hemswell Antique Centres boss shares “crazy" experience of lockdown

22 March 2021

“Due to our digital presence with our website, social media and the live virtual shopping tours I have been conducting all over the world my skeleton team of 10 staff have been kept extremely busy.”

Sunbury Antiques fair at Kempton Park Racecourse.

Fairs make welcome return to calendar

08 March 2021

Fair organisers are now planning for the spring and summer as the roadmap to ease coronavirus restrictions in England allows outdoor events to be held from April.

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On your marks, get set to go for fairs reopening

08 March 2021

Roadmap means reopening time is getting closer at last but some hurdles remain.

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Budget for recovery: culture and arts sector and shops among those to get new grants

03 March 2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a series of measures to try to return the economy to stronger growth during and after the coronavirus pandemic in the UK.

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Art and antiques sector cheered by easing of lockdown

01 March 2021

Plans for shop reopenings, new fair dates and rescheduled auctions are under way as the art and antiques sector welcomed the news of the government ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown in England.

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ATG letter: ‘Business meeting’ is one thing, travel is another

01 March 2021

MADAM – I am intrigued by the ongoing debate surrounding Christie’s interpretation of the current Covid-19 restrictions in relation to the viewing of auction lots – in particular the Apter- Fredericks sale of January 26 (front page, ATG No 2481).

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Top stories this week – including news of what the government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown means for the art and antiques trade

26 February 2021

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of Boris Johnson revealing the ‘roadmap’ to easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England.

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Art and antiques trade in England to reopen on April 12

23 February 2021

A ‘roadmap’ to how coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England will be eased has been revealed.

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Trade views ahead of auctions ‘are business meetings’

22 February 2021

Christie’s has explained its policy of holding trade-only viewings of its sales, saying they comprise ‘business meetings’ rather than public viewings.

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Fair organisers and dealers wait for green light

22 February 2021

It’s fingers crossed again as new provisional fair and market dates are chalked in

Chelsea Antiques fair

Chelsea Antiques Fair is to return later this year under new ownership

04 February 2021

New owners have taken over Chelsea Antiques Fair and are planning an event later this year.

Summer Art & Antiques Fair Olympia

Summer Olympia fair cancelled as coronavirus restrictions continue

02 February 2021

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia 2021 scheduled for this summer has been cancelled.

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New online fair dates as lockdowns and coronavirus restrictions continue

02 February 2021

A raft of online events and fairs have been launched as coronavirus restrictions continue in the UK and Europe while some physical events have also been planned for the autumn.

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New autumn date for TEFAF Maastricht

28 January 2021

TEFAF Maastricht has been postponed and the fair is now planned for an in-person event this autumn.

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Antiques trade chiefs: Resourcefulness and ingenuity will be crucial in 2021

25 January 2021

The heads of three associations say dealers need to rise to the challenges during the toughest trading period for decades

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Scotland's coronavirus lockdown extended until next month

19 January 2021

Scotland's current lockdown will be extended until at least the middle of February, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

Scottish lockdown changes as click-and-collect services halted

18 January 2021

Click-and-collect services from non-essential retail will now no longer be allowed in Scotland.

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Art and antiques fairs and markets closed as auctions continue online

11 January 2021

All fairs and markets and physical art and antiques exhibitions and events are cancelled across England under the new coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

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