Dealers' Diary


Deals made in an instant

02 May 2017

Last week, Sherborne dealer Patrick Macintosh sold a pair of beds off Instagram in a matter of minutes.


The shifting focus of London Original Print Fair

24 April 2017

The London Original Print Fair, now in its 32nd year, takes place at the Royal Academy from May 4-7 and features 51 international dealers and print publishers.


Chelsea Art Fair keeps its standards high on King’s Road

24 April 2017

The next Chelsea Art Fair takes place from April 27-30 and, as fair director Ben Cooper sees it, the attraction of the event comes down to two key elements: quality and breadth of selection.


5 Questions: Gary Wallis

24 April 2017

Gary Wallis is based in Henley-on-Thames, trades in anything from childhood collectables to potential heirlooms and is a regular at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea.


Sparkling mood at Wartski party

24 April 2017

The London jewellery dealership Wartski hosted a champagne reception to launch a new CD recording of Façade.


Simon Spero puts the spotlight on Vauxhall and Limehouse

24 April 2017

The English porcelain specialist Simon Spero opens his 37th catalogued exhibition this week in his Kensington shop.


Shop talk – Origin Antiques of Colchester, Essex

24 April 2017

Ken Garrard runs Origin Antiques with his father Steve. Their business is based in The Barn on Turkey Cock Lane near Colchester and sells antique, vintage and contemporary furniture.


Fine Art Society’s Edinburgh exhibition features old view of an evolving city

24 April 2017

James Howe’s (1780-1836) c.1817 All Hallow’s Fair on Calton Hill shows an event that was already a thing of the past when the picture was completed.


Shop talk – St Martin’s Antiques Centre

18 April 2017

In the continuing series looking through the keyhole of ‘bricks and mortar’ shops in 2017, ATG talks to Lucinda Silcock who runs St Martin’s Antiques Centre in Stamford.


A challenge right on cue as Brentford dealer offers special 'snooker' event

18 April 2017

The apparent decline in passing trade is a subject occupying the minds of many shop-owning dealers. But some, such as Brentford’s Hill House, have taken matters into their own hands by staging promotional events to encourage attendance.


London gallery highlights the influential modern painter David Bomberg and the wider circle he inspired

18 April 2017

Waterhouse & Dodd’s upcoming exhibition focuses on the influence of David Bomberg’s (1890-1957) paintings on a wide circle of artists.

5 Questions: Nick Arkell of Walton House Antiques

18 April 2017

Nick Arkell is one of the owners of Walton House Antiques, a shop in Mere, Wiltshire, which specialises in furniture, fine art and antiques. He is exhibiting at the ADFL Petworth fair.


Why the Guus house is a jolly feast for the senses

18 April 2017

Maastricht in March. It’s difficult to think of anything other than TEFAF within this setting, but one local dealer has established his own tradition, coinciding with but apart from the fair.


Antiques fair helps Petworth thrive

18 April 2017

Petworth has faced some speculation about its future as a hub from members of the trade during the past few years. Once a celebrated spot for art and antiques, the closure of several local shops led to fears that it was losing its footing as a destination for collectors.


Early maiolica market tester at Sam Fogg

10 April 2017

A ground-breaking Mayfair exhibition takes a rare focus on first examples of the maiolica technique.


Stair Sainty's ‘true’ Degas dancer discovery

10 April 2017

Two versions of Edgar Degas’ (1834-1917) statue of Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans exist. The traditionally recognised example, one bronze of which stands in the Tate Modern, was the only one known for many years and is a posthumous cast of Degas’ wax sculpture.

Alexandra Alfandary

5 Questions: Meissen specialist Alexandra Alfandary

10 April 2017

Alexandra Alfandary specialises in Meissen ware and other European porcelain, with a particular concentration on 19th century Meissen. She is a regular exhibitor at fairs and is a member of BADA and LAPADA. Her shop is in Portobello Road.


5 Questions: Justin Evershed-Martin

05 April 2017

Justin Evershed-Martin is the former director of Mallett who has launched a business specialising in 20th century decorative art and furniture. This week he exhibits at the Decorative Art Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea with a selection of privately sourced pieces all priced under £8000 (see right).


Wide world of the Welsh art market

05 April 2017

Two exhibitions mark the 25th anniversary of Welsh art specialist Martin Tinney Gallery.


Shop talk – Manormonkeys Antiques Warehouse

05 April 2017

Blackminster Business Park, near Evesham