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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UK buyer sought for £2.5m collection of botanical drawings blocked from export

21 January 2020

The UK government is seeking a buyer to pay £2.5m for a group of 18th century botanical drawings.

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‘Time to concentrate on us’ says Lennox Cato as Edenbridge Galleries winds down

20 January 2020

Edenbridge Galleries is closing after 13 years with owners Lennox and Susan Cato saying they want to concentrate on their own business.

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Pick of the week: Medieval gaming piece depicting Aesop’s Fable sells for £40,000

20 January 2020

An unusual but welcome inclusion to the latest silver and vertu sale at Lawrences of Crewkerne was a medieval walrus ivory tableman or backgammon piece.

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Artist Kit Williams' early clues on how to decipher the Masquerade

20 January 2020

The English artist, illustrator and author Christopher ‘Kit’ Williams (b.1946) is best known for the book 'Masquerade', the pictorial storybook which contained clues to the location of an 18ct gold jewelled hare buried somewhere in the British countryside. It created quite a sensation in 1979.

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Eight Victorian animal troughs stolen since September

20 January 2020

A total of eight Victorian stone animal troughs have been stolen in recent months, with the latest two disappearing from Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

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Black Forest clock hunted down

20 January 2020

This ‘Black Forest’ type clock on the theme of hunting is signed by Swiss master carver Johann Huggler of Brienz (1834-1912).

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Striking Russian Empire chairs offered at Petersfield Antiques Fair

20 January 2020

A pair of Russian Empire chairs, 1810-15, featuring striking decorative brass inlay is offered for £25,000 by Ellis Fine Art at the Petersfield Antiques Fair.

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New year temptations: a feast of Poole, Minton, Troika and Border ceramics on the menu

20 January 2020

It was during the Carter, Stabler and Adams period in the 1920s-30s that some of the most memorable Poole wares were produced. Much of this Art Deco range – red earthenwares covered in a white slip and a semi-matt-glaze before decoration in a variety of Jazz Age patterns – was based on the work of chief designer Truda Carter.

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Bernadette bounds into London Art Fair

20 January 2020

A sculpture by Modern British artist Kenneth Armitage (1916-2002), 'Bernadette Going to Wales', is among the works on offer at the 'London Art Fair'.

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Walking canes owned by actor Edward Woodward and Titanic survivor attract enhanced interest thanks to provenance

20 January 2020

The latest sale at Clarks in Liskeard included a collection of walking canes collected by the late actor Edward Woodward.

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New decade, new premises: six dealers opening new shops

20 January 2020

Here is a selection of gallery updates, including a new showroom and shop for a Hertfordshire business dating back to the 19th century.

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London Calling: Mall Galleries hosts second staging of the Connect fair

20 January 2020

A view of Tower Bridge from the Thames, commuters on the District Line, a 1970s punk and historical shopfronts are among the images of London offered at the second staging of 'Connect: The Independent Art Fair'.

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Acting class – Impressive collection sold at Bonhams

20 January 2020

The impressive arms offered in London from a collection which supplied weapons for many films were far from being theatrical props

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Art Detective: help identify a mystery portrait of Anne Clive

20 January 2020

In the latest feature on mystery works the Art UK charity is seeking help to identify, we focus on a portrait of Anne Clive, the honourable Mrs George Sempill.

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Bidders show a homing instinct

20 January 2020

Private domestic demand rather than trade drives bidding at Scottish and Irish art auctions.

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Holts heads home to the rural charm of Norfolk

20 January 2020

December 10 marked a significant step in the history of specialist sporting and antique gun auction house Holts (25-20% buyer’s premium).

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Jaguar’s day at the races: Organising duo launch fresh format to be held fives times a year

20 January 2020

Jaguar Fairs is celebrating its 25th year in the business by launching a new one-day midweek outside antiques and vintage fair at Nottingham Racecourse.

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Pick up a penguin picture

20 January 2020

The English artist and poster designer Alfred Thomson (1894-1979) painted this eye-catching depiction of the famous penguin pool at London Zoo.

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Stone Age weapons at the cutting edge of early technology

20 January 2020

One fascinating section of a recent Thomas Del Mar (25% buyer’s premium) sale featured Stone Age and Viking weapons and artefacts from a European private collection.

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The real Carroll looking glass

20 January 2020

The fact that Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) regularly made use of a magnifying glass is noted by biographers and underlined by references found in his letters.

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