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BADA to host selling exhibition coinciding with Masterpiece and Olympia fairs

31 May 2019

The British Antique Dealers’ Association is to host a London selling exhibition for its members in June and July, coinciding with Masterpiece and The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia.

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Three John Constable pictures come to auction at Chiswick including portrait of his uncle

29 May 2019

Following the sale of two vibrant ink on paper sketches by John Constable in March, Chiswick Auctions is to offer three more works by the Suffolk-born painter in its British & European Fine Art sale next month.

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BADA logo row is put to the vote

27 May 2019

The British Antique Dealers’ Association is consulting members on a new logo after doubts were expressed about the replacement of the trade body’s traditional ‘Cellini’ emblem.

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Antique weapons will be permitted in the post

27 May 2019

A significant amendment means that the new law governing the sale of bladed items will not impact buyers of antique weapons as once feared.

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Early typewriter pushes all the right buttons at German auction

27 May 2019

An example of the first commercially produced typewriter – one of only five in private hands – has sold for €100,000 at auction in Germany.

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Bonhams expects record bid for Tompion’s miniature ‘Q Clock’

27 May 2019

Bonhams will offer the most valuable English Golden Age clock ever to appear at auction as part of next month’s sale of the Clive collection.

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Da Qian is Woolley & Wallis’s 11th £1m-plus lot

27 May 2019

A painting by the celebrated Chinese 20th century artist Zhang Da Qian (1899-1983) sold for £2.3m (plus premium) at Woolley & Wallis.

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Call on antiques trade to oppose tariffs on Chinese antiques once again

27 May 2019

The global art market is preparing to defend itself against a renewed US threat to tax Chinese art imports, as part of President Trump’s trade war with China.

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£40,000 sleeper is Edo export survivor

27 May 2019

Unusually for an Asian art sale, the top price at Sworders' latest offering in in Stansted Mountfitchet was paid for a Japanese work of art.

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Ram raiders hit Petworth fair

20 May 2019

Police appeal after jewellery and cash worth £830,000 stolen in night heist

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Old Master still-life brings £300,000 in Wiltshire sale

20 May 2019

A major price for an Old Master in the English regions came in Wiltshire last week when a still-life by Flemish painter Frans Snyders (1579-1657) caught the eye of multiple bidders.

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Moorcroft charity shop donation delivers £9000

20 May 2019

The recent art and design sale at Cheffins in Cambridge included these two 1930s Moorcroft tubelined vases decorated with fish – a pattern from the later years of the William Moorcroft era.

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Pick of the week: Baseball ale poster is big hit with a US bidder

20 May 2019

In US collecting circles the ‘Anson-Ewing Burke Ale poster’ is spoken of in hushed tones. When an example was sold by New Jersey baseball memorabilia specialist Robert Edwards Auctions for $188,000 in 2008, it was described as the best-preserved of only three known. More recently in February another was sold for $96,000 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

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Qianlong throne tops Asian series as ‘Chenghua’ dragon dish takes flight

20 May 2019

A Qianlong (1736-95) three-colour lacquer throne provided the London series of Asian art sales with its headline moment.

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Giant haystacks and a steel rabbit post art market landmarks

20 May 2019

Some eye-catching individual prices punctuated the latest Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art sales in New York, helping to lift the year-on-year total .

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John Singer Sargent later watercolours raise a combined $220,000 at Boston sale

20 May 2019

The American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is best known for the high-society ‘swagger’ portraits that had earned him fame and fortune, but the watercolours he produced in greater number are more commonly available at auction.

‘Integrity of a handshake deal in the art world has been upheld’

20 May 2019

The Court of Appeals in London has upheld a decision that said adviser Simon de Pury was entitled to a $10m (£7.7m) fee on the strength of a handshake agreement.

Morphy Auctions buys stake in arms show

20 May 2019

Morphy Auctions has taken a stake in the Antique Arms Show in Las Vegas.

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Wilson and Thatcher – a week in political memorabilia sales

20 May 2019

Collections from two former British prime ministers – Sir Harold Wilson and Margaret Thatcher – sold out at auction in the same week.

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Judge dismisses appeal against Simon de Pury in court case over 'gentleman's agreement’

17 May 2019

The Court of Appeals in London has upheld a decision that said advisor Simon de Pury was entitled to a $10m fee on the strength of a handshake agreement.

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