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Christie’s restructuring: a case study

05 June 2017

Christie’s Chinese art department – shorn of the experience of Jeremy Morgan and Pedram Rasti (long-standing heads of department in both South Kensington and King Street who have recently left the firm) – will be led by Marco Almeida as international senior specialist and Kate Hunt, former head of sale at Christie’s South Kensington.

Three new galleries open for art week

30 May 2017

A trio of art dealers has chosen this summer’s revamped London Art Week to unveil new central London galleries.

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Tajan’s Fragonard paintings join Leonardo drawing in being declared National Treasures

30 May 2017

Less than six months after they announced the discovery of an unpublished Leonardo drawing, the French auction house Tajan has revealed another major artistic discovery – a pair of paintings by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) that last appeared in the late 18th century. Both the Leonardo and the Fragonards have been declared National Treasures by the French State.


Rhymney on right track

30 May 2017

A lamp from a wagon that once travelled a 50-mile stretch of track linking the docks of Cardiff to the collieries of the south Wales valleys was hammered down in Bristol at £6300 (plus 18% buyer’s premium).

Harrogate fair now at later date

30 May 2017

The newly rebranded Northern Antiques Fair (previously the Harrogate Antique and Fine Art Fair) has moved its dates to run from October 19-22.


London Map Fair attracts international and domestic exhibitors

30 May 2017

The annual London Map Fair unites the classic and the quirky of cartographic history under one roof as a host of international dealers show up for what organisers boast is the world’s largest event of its kind.


'Britain’s Fabulous Disc Stars' - early Beatles poster ignites bidding battle

30 May 2017

A gig poster advertising as the headline act ‘Britain’s Fabulous Disc Stars!’ sold for £28,000 at the Roger Jones (20% buyer’s premium inc VAT) May 23 auction.


Budge estate seeks return of Böttger figure

30 May 2017

The estate of prominent Jewish art collector Emma Budge has appealed for a rare early 18th century Meissen stoneware figure – the subject of a recent export stop – to be returned.

Boston art heist reward doubled

30 May 2017

A Boston museum has doubled its reward to $10m to find artworks stolen 25 years ago. This sum will be offered until December.

Investment sought for art shares trading platform

22 May 2017

An online platform for trading shares in artworks could become a reality if a new company manages to meet its fundraising target.

Auctioneers warned to check address to avoid scam

22 May 2017

Auctioneers are again being warned to check addresses with shippers following reports of bidding scams.


ABA ‘Olympia’ fair will move to Battersea

22 May 2017

Next month’s 'London International Antiquarian Book Fair' at the National Hall, Olympia on June 1-3 will be the last held at the West Kensington venue.


No mention of ivory in Tory manifesto

22 May 2017

The Conservative Party has omitted any mention of ivory in its 2017 manifesto published last week, giving hope an uncompromising ban on the trade will not be introduced.


Basquiat and Brancusi dominate NY art week

22 May 2017

The flagship auctions of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art in New York last week showed a recovery after a difficult 2016.


‘School of Rubens’ panel flies at Swiss Old Masters sale

15 May 2017

Estimated at CHF9000-12,000, a panel painted in the manner of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) sold for CHF700,000 (£564,500) at Galartis SA in Crissier, Lausanne on May 5.


Star of the show as Dunbar sets ‘staggering’ record in Cambridge

15 May 2017

A painting by British artist Evelyn Dunbar (1906- 60) set a record price at auction for the artist at Cheffins’ Art & Design sale on May 11.

Public consultation to go ahead into British hallmarking overseas

15 May 2017

A public consultation into the use of British hallmarks for stamping items made overseas will be held after the general election in June, the British Hallmarking Council (BHC) has confirmed to ATG.


New owner of Dreweatts plans to run auction business day-to-day

15 May 2017

The new boss of Dreweatts says he sees “huge potential” for the saleroom as it reverts to owner-management focused on its headquarters in Newbury.

No regrets as Stanley Gibbons breaks up Interiors unit

15 May 2017

Back in 2013 and with great fanfare, stamp dealership Stanley Gibbons revealed to the stock market that it had bought a group of art, antiques and collectables specialists.

Stanley Gibbons to ‘pursue remedies’ after Neville conviction

15 May 2017

Following the sentencing of former Mallett director Henry Neville for his part in an embezzlement case in April, Stanley Gibbons says it is “pursuing remedies for recouping the losses suffered as a result of these matters”.