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Super silver-gilt Storr candelabra leads Bonhams’ Important Design auction

03 December 2018

A pair of William IV candelabra from the Pembroke service led Bonhams’ Important Design: 500 Years of Fine Decorative Arts sale on November 21, selling at £190,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium).

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Pre-Raphaelite watercolour tops sales at Art & Antiques for Everyone fair in Birmingham

03 December 2018

Among the works selling at the recent Art & Antiques for Everyone fair in Birmingham was a watercolour by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (1829-1908).

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Trade reacts to TEFAF ban on dealers vetting

26 November 2018

A number of dealers and auctioneers have reacted to TEFAF’s new policy on vetting which will prevent all commercial specialists from being members of its vetting panels.

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Silver and glass menagerie – First bite of extensive collection of animal decanters sells at Essex auction house

26 November 2018

One half of an extensive single-owner collection of novelty Victorian and Edwardian silver and glass animal objects went under the hammer at Reeman Dansie’s two-day sale in Colchester last week.

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Colnaghi owners Coll and Cortés split company but stay in partnership

26 November 2018

Old Master dealers Jorge Coll and Nicolas Cortés are to restructure their business from January next year to focus on different regions.

Auctioneer to charge for condition reports

26 November 2018

Cotswold auction house Moore Allen & Innocent is trialling a new operation to encourage more people to attend its saleroom.

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Book sale after 27 years makes Twitter conquest

26 November 2018

It has been a busy month for Broadhursts Bookshop owner Laurie Hardman.

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C&T bucks trend by launching antiques and collectors sales

26 November 2018

C&T Auctioneers of Kent is launching antiques and collectors sales, with its first taking place on April 3 next year.

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Mystery pearl in Belle Epoque necklace sells at £150,000 at auction in south London

22 November 2018

A 200-year-old saltwater pearl, later mounted in a Belle Epoque necklace, has sold at a hammer price of £150,000 at Roseberys in West Norwood (plus 25% buyer’s premium) to a London phone bidder.

BADA tweaks fair vetting panels – but defends use of dealers after TEFAF change

19 November 2018

Dealer association BADA has introduced changes to the vetting committee of its fairs to “ensure independence”. While dealers can still hold vetting positions, the chairs of 16 specialist sub-committees must now be non-exhibitors.

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Timely online search enables son to buy back his father's First World War pocket watch

19 November 2018

When Alan Wardle’s niece searched online for family history she uncovered his father’s long-lost First World War presentation pocket watch coming up at auction.

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Portrait sitter in saleroom as ‘Chinese Mona Lisa’ hits £1.7m

19 November 2018

Woolley & Wallis celebrated its 10th £1m-plus lot last week, selling a portrait by Chinese contemporary artist Yang Fei Yun (b.1954) for £1.7m (plus premium). The sitter – the artist’s wife pictured in the early days of their marriage – was in Salisbury to watch the sale.

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Asian Art in London to overhaul awards after authenticity of 'best object' winner questioned

19 November 2018

The organisers of Asian Art in London are to abandon the event’s ‘best objects’ award after doubt was cast on the authenticity of one of this year’s winners. The Danish auctioneer which won the award however is standing by the Yuan attribution for the flask after conducting a scientific test.

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Tajan to offer Leonardo drawing after ‘national treasure’ deadline expires

14 November 2018

French auction house Tajan has announced a date next year for the sale of the Leonardo da Vinci drawing that it discovered in 2016.

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Great Leap Forward for Mao’s artist-decorated porcelain

12 November 2018

Strong bidding for the best Republic period porcelain has become a familiar sight at Asian art sales. Less often observed is the newer enthusiasm for artist-decorated wares from the early years of the People’s Republic.

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Online giant AbeBooks to continue trade in four countries after dealers remove books from site

12 November 2018

A mass boycott by more than 580 book dealers across 27 countries has forced AbeBooks to U-turn on its planned withdrawal from four countries.

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Trade excluded from future TEFAF vetting

12 November 2018

Art dealers and auction house specialists have been removed from all TEFAF vetting panels to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

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AbeBooks ‘not suitable sponsor’ for ABA as giant quits four markets

05 November 2018

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) has scrapped its sponsorship deal with Amazon-owned AbeBooks after the online book portal chose to quit selling in four countries.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh tearoom chairs sit comfortably at a combined £150,000

05 November 2018

Two Charles Rennie Mackintosh chairs made for Glasgow’s Argyle Street Tea Rooms starred at Lyon & Turnbull’s Decorative Arts sale in Edinburgh last week.

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White gloves sale for Shannon jewels at at Woolley & Wallis

05 November 2018

The white-glove sale of the Shannon collection of jewellery at Woolley & Wallis was topped at £22,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) by a gold bracelet by Omar Ramsden.

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