UK

The United Kingdom accounts for more than one fifth of the global art market sales and is the second biggest art market after the US.

Through auctioneers, dealers, fairs and markets - and a burgeoning online sector - buyers, collectors and sellers of art and antiques can easily access a vibrant network of intermediaries and events around the country. The UK's museums also house a wealth of impressive collections

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Pick of the Week: Captain Scott’s expedition to the Antarctic provides cracking polar selection at Stroud

21 January 2019

Ephemera, photos and, remarkably, a penguin egg relating to Captain Robert Scott’s ill-fated 'Terra Nova' Expedition to the Antarctic in 1910 were eagerly contested in the room, on the phone and online at Stroud Auction Rooms’ latest sale.

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Lenci figure at Adam Partridge goes back to Italy

21 January 2019

Dated c.1930, this Lenci figure of a girl in fashionable culottes, below, was estimated at £200-300 at Adam Partridge (20% buyer’s premium) but appears to have been spotted as one of the rarer products of the Turin factory.

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Dealer offers fine and extensive single-owner collection of porcelain in sections over a year

21 January 2019

Building a collection can be the work of a lifetime. Selling is often a much quicker affair. But dealer Haydn Hansell of Juno Antiques is being far from hasty when it comes to the fine assortment of mostly 18th century porcelain he offers this year.

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Gem from Old Sodbury

21 January 2019

The traditionally ‘dead’ period between Christmas and New Year was enlivened by the December 28 sale at Wotton Auction Rooms (17.5% buyer’s premium) in Gloucestershire – to the extent that more than 20,000 people suffering withdrawal symptoms worldwide viewed it online and 1360 of them registered to bid.

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Artist Egan’s sharp eye outlines his vision of the world

21 January 2019

Sensual, satirical and grotesque: the works of Beresford Egan (1905-84) certainly fit a description of ‘distinctive’.

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Export of harpsichord by Joseph Mahoon put on hold by minister

21 January 2019

The owner of an 18th century double-manual harpsichord, the only one of its type known to exist, has been temporarily prevented from exporting it in the hope a UK buyer can be found.

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Sweet music box in Lincoln auction

21 January 2019

The continued interest in Victorian music boxes in this age of Spotify and streaming was evident when three were among the 1500-lot sale held by Unique Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium) to launch the new year.

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Polar library built by an architect gets warm reception at Leyburn auction

21 January 2019

Arctic and Antarctic exploration was the main theme of a library assembled over many years by architect Roger Casson (1943-2016).

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Guillemin torchères shine in Selborne

21 January 2019

Topped by the 17th century Dutch bottles at £30,000 (see ATG No 2375), the year’s first sale at Hannam’s (23% buyer’s premium) had other treasures among the 2000 lots including the French bronze figural torchères, right.

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Cambridge auction full of high-price surprises

21 January 2019

A letter of 1803 in which George III, writing to Lord Hawkesbury, effectively declares his intention to renew war on France, was at £9000 one of the more successful lots in a recent Cambridge sale that produced its fair share of surprise results.

British and Irish book auctions: January 22-February 1, 2019

21 January 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from January 22-February 1, 2019.

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Aviation museum sale takes flight in Carlisle

21 January 2019

If the Battle of Britain is your collecting field, then the sale of a Kent collection held in late 2018 would have been a major draw.

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Another good day on the tiles for De Morgan

21 January 2019

The British Art Pottery sales at Woolley & Wallis have posted some remarkable sums for single William De Morgan tiles.

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Get hooked on Mary Fedden at Portland Gallery’s show

21 January 2019

'Fish and Lemon', painted in 1964, is among the 65 works included in Portland Gallery’s show on Mary Fedden (1915-2012) opening this week.

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Ex-courthouse venue in Pontefract judged to be just right

21 January 2019

Former courthouse in West Yorkshire opens as antiques centre and community hub.

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Small marvel by miniature master

21 January 2019

Dated to c.1480, the 5in (12.5cm) tall painting on vellum of ‘King David in Penitence’ shown right was one of two works by the Master of the Houghton Miniatures offered by Sotheby’s (25/20/12.9% buyer’s premium) in a December 4 sale and sold at £90,000.

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Dealers thrive in a verdant Welsh setting

21 January 2019

The National Botanic Gardens of Wales spreads out into 500-plus acres at Llanarthne in the Carmarthenshire countryside and boasts a spectacular structure designed by Norman Foster: the largest single-span glasshouse in the world.

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Snow show in London at John Mitchell’s seasonal exhibition

21 January 2019

'Snow on the farmhouses of Les Contamines-Montjoie' has begun to thaw in this oil by Charles-Henri Contencin (1898-1955), part of John Mitchell’s annual 'Peaks and Glaciers' exhibition (January 24-March 8).

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Penguin patties on the menu raise over £15,000

19 January 2019

Six lots relating to Shackleton’s British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-09 offered in a January 3 sale held by Golding Young & Mawer (20% buyer’s premium) raised £15,150 in all.

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Grayson Perry sculpture stars as London Art Fair puts the spotlight on modern and contemporary ceramic

18 January 2019

A glazed ceramic sculpture by Grayson Perry, ‘Fucking Art Centre’, was one of the early standout sales at London Art Fair, selling for a price in excess of £50,000 to a UK collector.

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