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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Bonhams introduces 27.5% premium threshold to "reflect the cost of bringing objects to global auctions”

11 March 2019

Auction house Bonhams has raised its buyer’s premium levels, adding a new threshold of 27.5% on the first £2500/$3000 of the hammer price.

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Sworders joins dealers in Cecil Court with new London office

11 March 2019

Stansted Mountfitchet auction room Sworders is opening a viewing and consignment office in central London next week.

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Miniature John Constable drawings deliver a big result at Chiswick Auctions

11 March 2019

Two previously unpublished ink sketches by John Constable (1776 -1837) excelled at Chiswick Auctions’ latest British & European Fine Art sale.

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London's Contemporary art sales fall year-on-year despite sales of Hockney and Freud portraits

11 March 2019

A lack of sufficient stellar consignments at the latest Contemporary art sales in London meant the overall total was down on last year.

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TEFAF chooses new global chair for ‘independent’ vetting committees

11 March 2019

Ahead of the Maastricht fair on March 16-24, TEFAF has appointed a new global chairman of vetting.

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CADA fair 2019: a picture special

11 March 2019

The Cotswold Art & Antique Dealers’ Association fair switched its 2019 slot at Blenheim Palace from April to February and ATG went along on the final day to see the results.

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Phillips to offer 1950s interior furnishings by Gio Ponti from Milan apartment

11 March 2019

A 30-lot sale of furniture from an apartment designed in 1951 by the celebrated and multi-talented Italian architect and designer Gio Ponti is to go under the hammer on March 21 in London.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including prestigious Georgian-style entrance gates and a Charles II sterling silver tankard

11 March 2019

With estimates from £500-25,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Indo-Portuguese table cabinet in Edinburgh auction underlines market demand

11 March 2019

Underlined by a £65,000 bid for a table cabinet, the attraction of Indo-Portuguese furniture – that combines familiar European forms with the exotic lure of the East – is as strong today as it was in centuries past.

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Buyers take Paul Reeves dealer name as mark of quality

11 March 2019

Some buyers regard sales of dealers’ stock as a minus on the grounds that the lots have been ‘seen’. Others view them as a plus, reckoning the material has already been the choice of an expert.

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Porcelain galore in Chelsea fair

11 March 2019

Porcelain from five private collections features in a special exhibition on the stand of Jupiter Antiques at this month’s Chelsea Antiques Fair.

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Discover Vintage: Spotlight on dealers at Keeley Harris’ eight annual events held in three different cities

11 March 2019

“Our visitor profile is generally interior style enthusiasts with an age range of 30-60 and it tends to be couples, families with small children and also ‘empty nesters’ who want to revamp their houses now they have it back to themselves.”

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Wealth of East India Company evident at auction

11 March 2019

The wealth of material brought back to Britain from the days of the East India Company was illustrated at John Nicholson’s (24% buyer’s premium) sale when four Indo-Portuguese or Anglo-Indian tortoiseshell and ivory works were consigned by different vendors.

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Modern British art – female artists coming to the fore

11 March 2019

A wave of fresh interest in female artists is sweeping the UK, forcing museums and galleries to rethink their displays and purchasing policies – and driving demand at dealerships and auction houses in the process.

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Medal fair includes rare 1920s Iraq honours

11 March 2019

Specialist auction house Dix Noonan Webb bought the dedicated Britannia Medal Fair in 2018 from the event’s previous owner, Mark Carter.

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Elizabethan beaker is rare survivor of war meltdown

11 March 2019

Silver across five centuries caught the eye at provincial sales in February.

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Craigie Aitchison is a good man to cross

11 March 2019

Scottish artist Craigie Aitchison (1926-2009) painted few subjects more obsessively throughout his career than the crucifixion.

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How a museum or gallery show can boost demand

11 March 2019

Waterhouse & Dodd’s Jamie Anderson attributes a recent flurry of interest in the works of Dorothy Mead (1928-75) to her inclusion in the Tate Britain’s 'All Too Human' show last year.

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Photo fair clicks up new London venue

11 March 2019

The London Photograph Fair, on March 17, has a new venue at the Hellenic Centre in Marylebone for this edition.

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Hats off to artist Doris Hatt

11 March 2019

The Court Gallery has joined forces with the Museum of Somerset to stage an exhibition of the works of Doris Hatt (1890-1969), a local pioneer of British modernism.

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